MARCH 14, 2011
How You Can Help
We here at PechaKucha HQ in Tokyo are finally coming to terms with all that's happened since Friday. We of course thank everyone who has been checking in on us with concern. The devastation that occured and that is airing on the news everywhere happened in the northern part of the country, and so here in Tokyo it's more about dealing with energy conservation, and hoping that larger aftershocks don't happen (we are still experiencing a steady stream of smaller ones). We have checked in with the organizers in Sendai (the part of Japan that was the hardest hit) and Nagano, but have yet to hear anything back. If you'd like to help, let us point you to this info page that our friends at Ultra Super New have put up instead of the regular front page to their site -- USN is the studio that built the PechaKucha site. Update: The Nagano organizer, Toyoshima-san, has posted news on Mixi (Japanese social network) that he's fine. For Sendai, our messages have been bouncing, probably due to lack of electricity (servers down). Update 2: PKN Miami organizer Carl Hildebrand has brought this to our attention -- sales of a print by Emily Shur -- one of the many efforts to help raise funds for disaster relief. Close to half a million have been displaced due to the earthquake, and help efforts are in urgent need of funds for supplies. It should also be noted that the Japan Society is taking donations directly, with 100% going to disaster relief (no admin fees). I've posted on my personal blog a list of items that you can buy, with all proceeds going to disaster relief as well.