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These past few days, we’ve watched and we were petrified by Japan’s fifth largest earthquake in history that caused tsunami. I watched it on Youtube just a couple hours after the incident happened, and still in disbelief of the destruction it caused. Japan’s readiness and preparation surely helped the fatality down a bit. The number of victim has reached more than 10,000, and another 10,000 people are still missing. Had it happened in another country, that number could have been more than doubled.

Some of us felt compelled to help the victims of ‘The Wrath of God’ as the Japanese called it. You’ve posted sympathy on twitter and facebook status, and would like to extend your hand in the form of donation. But how? You googled it, and hundreds of links showed ‘Japan Tsunami Relief Fund’. So, how do you decide which organization should you donate your money to? Like it or not, we gotta do some homework if we really care how our donation is going to be used. But to make it easy, here are some pointers on giving donation that I gathered from various credible sites.

  • Money donations are best, because they can be sent quickly, and immediately be put to used. If you already have paypal account, or credit card, some reputable aid organizations will accept them. Even Google has a crisis response page that will make it easy for you to donate to support disaster relief efforts thru organizations like Japanese Red Cross, or Save the Children. Google Crisis Response
  • If you’re familiar with international wire transfer procedure thru banks, Japanese Red Cross Society also welcome direct transfer to their bank account. Check their official website: japan red cross society donation.
  • iTunes Stores in certain countries let you donate to Japan earthquake and tsunami relief fund thru the American Red Cross with just a single click, assuming you already have an Apple ID. Don’t worry if you don’t, you still can donate directly to American Red Cross page.
  • If you would like donate in more specific areas, such as orphaned children resulted from the disasters, you could donate to specific organizations. Save the Children is one of the well known charity that focus in that area. To check which charities providing relief for Japan tsunami, check here, charitynavigator, or here: guidestar. Charitynavigator.org also provides rating of those organizations in term of efficiency, or capacity. So you could know roughly how much portion of your donation will be used for administrative/program expenses, and how much will be used for the tsunami relief funds.
  • You can donate now, or wait a bit to get assessments on the situation and then send contributions. Towns struck by tsunami and earthquake will take years to be rebuilt. So if you’d like to wait til your next paycheck, and donate bigger amount, you will still be able to do so. Just don’t forget. ;P
  • Beware of unsolicited incoming emails that ask for donations. Go directly to credible charities and aid organizations website instead of following a link from an email.

 

Japanese Manga comics such as Kungfu Boy (Tekken Chinmi in Japan) are really popular in our country.


Japanese autos are dominating the local market.

 

Ahhh childhood memories.

Like many others, growing up in Indonesia, I’d say I was pretty much influenced by Japanese culture, such as Manga comics or TV series, Japanese confectioneries (Marukawa Fusen bubble gum anyone?), durable Japanese electronic products back when they were still made in Japan, Japanese cars and bikes, and of course Japanese cameras. So hopefully this note, serves as my appreciation to those, will contribute a bit to the victims of Japan earthquake and tsunami. Pray for Japan, the sun will rise again.

by ingimg
ingenious imaging
(sources: american.redcross.org, charitynavigator.org, dpreview.com, forbes.com, globalpost.com, google, guidestar.org, jrc.or.jp, money.cnn.com, tempointeractive.com)

At first glance, simplicity may seem to define her work, but simplicity is merely a thin veil over an intricate and thoughful process resulting in an alluring and seductive body of work. Ran Hwang uses buttons, or threads, with pins to produce provocative images of vessels, of birds and of the Buddha both as installations and as objects on their own.

Two Love Trees, Triptych (buttons, pins, panels, 2009)

Hwang constructs the complex textuality of her works with simple, everyday objects, such as buttons, pins and threads, and, by recontextualizing them, they are transformed and seen anew.

Ran Hwang was born in Korea 1960. Lives and works in New York, USA.

by flyingbeagle

The art of Liu Zhuquan focuses on visual analysis of consumer society, which is the compsuntion topic of nowadays mankind.

He collects various peculiar bottles which have been consumed, and then paints the inside of the bottles using the chosen topics. This becomes the higlight of inner bottle painting.

This is an art form which evolves from traditional Chinese folk snuff bottle inner painting.

What differs from the traditional art is that Liu Zhuquan‘s art focuses on integrating each independent inner bottle painting into a unified art concept which similar to a drug store or a storage room instead of the painting skills of snuff bottle inner painting.

About World of Thousands (2010):

‘World of Thousands as an art piece, I like it because I spent years of time in the creation process. With time went by, the essence that emitted naturally from this work makes me thrilled. It is just like a sapling being planted in earth, and then without knowing, it grows into tall tree. In the end, it bears so much meaning for people to understand. All these are not important anymore, because its own beauty and awe have become independent from the meaning, even from me the creator.’

-Liu Zhuoquan

Liu Zhuoquan born in Wuhan, Hubei province, China 1964. Currently lives and works in beijing, China.

by flyingbeagle