I lived in Japan for a year, specifically in Sendai, and frequently visited Natori, which was one of the hardest hit communities.
Japan has a rich culture, and what a lot of people may not realize is that Sendai and it's neighboring towns (like Natori) had a population of only about a million, smaller than Seattle. It wasn't the bustling chaos of Tokyo or Osaka that foreigners usually think of Japan being. It was a quiet, close-knit community, with a rich history.
Sendai's patron was Masamune Date, commonly known as the One-Eyed-Dragon, the Samurai lord with the eyepatch and large crescent on his helmet. You may have even seen depictions of him in anime. Just north of Sendai is Matsushima bay, one of Japan's most beautiful natural landmarks. So beautiful that haiku master Matsuo Basho was so awestruck his poem was simply "Matsushima ah, Matsushima aaah, Matsushima ah."
As Avatards, many of you should know that Kyoshi Island, and many parts of the Fire Nation were based on Japan's culture.
I'd like to urge you all to donate at least $5 or $10 dollars to the organization of your choice. Any text donations are $10 per text sent, and the money shows up on your phone bill.Redcross
Text "redcross" to
90999 for US
30333 For Canada
or visit [link]Global Giving[link]
- I gave 100 to this organization, they in turn work with the other organizations.
or text "Japan" to 50555 (US only I assume)Shelterbox
for the Brits wanting to help[link]Save the Children[link]Doctors Without Borders[link]Salvation Army
text "Japan" to 80888 (US only I assume)Lady Gaga
the only place where you can donate under $10, but you get a bracelet[link]