UPDATE2: Have have made donations to the Relief efforts in Japan and we will continue making these donations on an ongoing basis, because things continue to need our help.
UPDATE: Although life in Japan is getting back to “normal,” things are still shaking there and there is continued need for our help. So we are going to continue our donations for another 3 months, to the Autumnal Equinox on Sept 23rd. Here are some amazing Then and Now photos on The Big Picture.
The March 11th 9.0-magnitude and subsequent tsunami in Japan was devastating and our thoughts are with our family and friends in Japan. To help with relief efforts, for the next 3 months we will donate 20% of our sales to the Red Cross.
This is particularly close to us, because we have family in Hachioji (west of Tokyo city). Thanks to all those who inquired about their safety and we are relived to say that everyone is safe, although they were scared and could tell it wasn’t a normal quake.
‡ In Japan, (March) Vernal Equinox Day (春分の日 Shunbun no hi) is an official national holiday, and is spent visiting family graves and holding family reunions. (wikipedia)
Autumnal Equinox Day (秋分の日 Shūbun no hi) a national holiday was established in 1948 as a day on which to honor one’s ancestors and remember the dead. (wikipedia)