Sunday, March 20, 2011

Sunday's Best: For Japan

As some of the initial shock over the magnitude of the earthquake and tsunami wear off, it is easy to forget that the damage it caused the people of Japan will be felt for many months and years, so I wanted to take the time to find out and share some places in the web that are hosting charity events or donating profits to Japan relief efforts.

- All profits from the sale of these super cute satchels at Yokomono Studio will be donated to Japan.
- Circle Prints, through their Etsy shop, will be donating 100% of profits from three prints they created specially for this occasion. Or you might prefer this beautiful hearts garland from Paperpolaroid.
- Handmade For Japan, a benefit auction which will be held from March 24th to March 27th will be a great way to support people's talent and help Japan.
- Another option is donating to, in my opinion, one of the best international non-profits, Doctors Without Borders which has already deployed teams of doctors  to Japan.
- Of course, the Red Cross will continue its relief efforts for months to come you may donate to them here.

During law school I spent a summer working in Osaka, Japan. It was my first time traveling to Asia and I felt in love with the country and with its friendly people, rich history, gorgeous temples and delicious food. Since then, it has held a special spot in my heart and I always remember fondly the time I spent there. So while pictures of the devastation of Japan have circulated and overwhelmed us over the past days I wanted to share a few of my favorite memories from my time there.

Wondering the streets of Osaka under a clear umbrella

Breath taking Himeji castle

Pretty lighting at the temple of love, Kyoto

Praying for my shore throat as instructed by my hostess
in Tokyo, the lovely Mrs. Okeda

Reflection of the Golden Temple, Kyoto

Hiking with views of Mt. Fuji!

A feast at the train stop...

...jump for joy, the train has arrived!

My love and prayers to all the people of Japan and their loved ones across the world.



  1. Beautiful images. I still can't bear to watch the news. But have bee giving to help these poor souls rebuild their lives xox

  2. this is so true. over the coming weeks and months a lot of people will forget about how much work & money it will take for the people of japan to rebuild their lives. so thank you for posting about this. i love that there are so many creative ways people have pulled together for fundraisers! and i love your photos from your time there. i've always wanted to go to japan, and your pictures make me want to go even more!

  3. Thank you for sharing those links! I'm keeping Japan in my prayers and I feel so sad when I heard the news! My uncle lives in Japan and thankfully he was out of the country during the earthquake. I used to visit Japan when I was little and I've been to Mt.Fujii and other wonderful places there. xoxoxoo

  4. i love this post and all your beautiful images... have a nice one!

  5. What beautiful photos! looks like it was a truly special time.

  6. you're so lucky to have gone!

    these pictures are great, thanks for sharing.



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