While the eyes of the world turn to gawp at Libya or freak out over radiation leaks in Fukushima, there are hundreds of thousands of people in north-eastern Japan still at emergency evacuation centres having lost their homes and everything in them. The Red Cross has an appeal up and running and these events are raising funds for it:
- Acclaimed pianist Noriko Ogawa will give a special concert at Kings Place on Wednesday 30th March, 7.30pm. The repertoire will cover Western classics and Japanese pieces, including one played on Myochin Hibashi (metal chopsticks) which are made of pure steel, normally used to cast Japanese samurai swords (£29.50 / £39.50 / £49.50).
- On a less classical note, the Cuban Brothers, DJ Yoda and Barry Ashworth from the Dub Pistols are DJing down the Old Queen's Head in Islington on Thursday (8pm-2am, £5).
- God Don't Like It are curating a night at the Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen on 10th April. Bo Ningen, Comanechi and The Catcher Nine play live, tickets are £7.50.
- Pure Evil Prints are selling a tsunami print for £100+£8 shipping.
- Bloggers for Japan are holding a sale and silent auction at the Horatio on Holloway Road, between 1-5pm on 26th March. Lots so far include signed books, clothes, stationery and jewellery.
- The Charity Print Auctions Flickr group has over 200 photos to bid on - auction closes 7pm tomorrow.
And as you'd expect, the Japan Centre are collecting donations via their website and in the Lower Regent Street store.
In addition, Soundcrash at XOYO on 21st May will be donating all proceeds to an earthquake relief fund. They're working with Tokyo resident DJ Kentaro, who's playing the night, to figure out where the money will do most good (£10 / £15).