Q-Pot, Maverick DC, and Hamasaki Ayumi Charity Projects
From the world of fashion:
Fashion-accessories brand Q-Pot has come forward with a lovely—and stylish—way to contribute. The Q-Pot Torori Ribbon Project has come up with Peace Chocolate Bands that catch on to the wristband trend while contributing to a good cause. As the Q-Pot website says:
We believe that when a kind heart and a big smile spread across the world, there can be PEACE. If you have the same thought, please show your support! We hope people in the devastated area would restore their lives with comfort and smiles. We hope to see a reborn, lively JAPAN as soon as possible. Let’s gather our power and bring smiles to JAPAN!!
The bracelet design is pieces of chocolate linked together with “Pray for Japan” printed on the inside. Each small piece means “peace,” and the idea is that the small pieces of each person’s charity can unite to become one bigger power.
The bracelets cost ¥525, with all proceeds going to charity.
From the world of rock:
Music label Maverick DC are organizing a fund-raising project through the power of music. Established alongside the Federation of Music Producers Japan, the Jack in the Box Fundraising Project asks fans to join the artists in sending encouragement and music to warm the hearts of the suffering people.
Many of the artists frequently seen at the Jack in the Box event concerts are involved and have have given heartfelt comments. These include MUCC, Ken, Rin Toshite Shigure, girugamesh, and SID. Tatsuro, vocalist of MUCC, writes in his comment:
“I send out my concerns from my heart for those injured in the Great Tohoku-Kanto Earthquake. What I can do isn’t big but I want to do the very maximum I can. No one is alone. Together, let’s do our best!”
Supporters are asked to contribute via bank details provided on the website.
From the world of pop:
Ayumi Hamasaki has gotten together with fashion magazine ViVi to produce a charity t-shirt. Hamasaki’s design read’s simply “‘Hope” with a red heart in place of the “O.” She has been tweeting the t-shirt which is available on mu-mo for ¥1500. All proceeds will be donated to the people of Tohoku and purchase/donation is open to international buyers.