For Japan With Love

It’s been a tense week in Japan following the natural disasters in that country. To add further insult, it’s still unclear what the nuclear radiation impact from the damaged facility will be in the coming days/weeks. I’ve taken a backseat in writing about fashion this week and focused instead on encouraging readers to donate to various charitable organization in support of relief efforts. Maybe it’s the mother in me who wants to take care of those in need. It’s hard for me to do nothing and it feels good and necessary to get the word out about how to help.

Blogger Day of Silence

During my efforts this week, I found out about For Japan With Love through UtterlyEngaged.com. A fantastic community of bloggers, including me, are banding together in a show of solidarity to help support the crisis in Japan with a Bloggers Day of Silence on March 18th. The intention is get involved, encourage donations and to support those who need us in Japan. If you’d like to participate in this blogging event, find out more details here. Join me and this incredible group of like-minded bloggers in showing your support today.

What Can You Do?

If you haven’t already donated to the Japan relief efforts you can do so at For Japan With Love or through the links on Can’t Stop Thinking About Japan. For Japan With Love is donating through Shelterbox.org, which was the very first organization to respond to the crisis with boxes full of survival items. It’s an incredible organization.

When To Take A Pause?

There’s been some rather interesting discussions among fashion bloggers this week. Not everyone agrees with how to balance fashion blogging in the face of human tragedy. Do you talk about it in your blog or not? Two of my favorite posts came from YesandYes.org (So, Let’s Talk Catastrophe) and The Citizen Rosebud (Just Another Day). Be prepared to see some heated comments.

What do you think? Do you appreciate the fashion distraction from news or think that it’s appropriate to address world events? Or both?

Thanks for everyone for their generosity in spirit, donation and thoughts. I’m so proud of what we can achieve, when we put our minds to it.

xLaura

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4 responses to “For Japan With Love

  1. I have not mentioned the tragedy in Japan on my blog. I don’t believe that I am being cavalier by not mentioning it. It is the only place where I have not mentioned it. It doesn’t mean that I have not been deeply affected by it. I read about it constantly. My blog is my escape. I write when I am in the space to write what I need to write at the moment. My feel-good mechanism. I am going to honor Japan, not by a day of blogging silence, but by trying to incorporate Japan. I’m sorry. it’s late, and this comment is all over the place.

    • Hi Kari,
      Of course you’re not cavalier — we’re all dealing with this tragedy in mindful ways. You are clearly a very thoughtful, soulful person. This is exactly what I was wondering. Do we need blogs to escape a bit from the heavy news of the day or do we need them to address it? Sometimes we need a place to escape; a place to exhale. Thanks for your heartfelt comment.
      xLaura

  2. I think everyone’s heart is in the right place with this. I’d like to ask bloggers who are not posting however, (and blog readers!) to use their time contacting Representatives and the Japanese government in order to urge the Japanese government to permit food and supplies airdrops to Northeast Japan where people are now starving, a week after the earthquake. See a video interview with a Japan scholar on my site: http://mlleparadis.blogspot.com that explains why.

    Thanks if you can help!

    • I agree that everyone’s heart is in the right place. Thank you for the link to the video too and your site which has the links to urge representatives to help get food to the people in the 20km radiation zone. This catastrophe just has layers upon layers of tragedy. Thanks for adding this component to the For Japan With Love efforts today.

      xLaura

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