Times are pretty overwhelming in north-eastern Japan right now. There was the March 11 Sendai earthquake (the largest in the country’s history) and the subsequent tsunami. Then came the ongoing nuclear disaster at Fukushima. Now, on March 15, there’s been the eruption of a volcano in Miyazaki, and a second, totally unrelated earthquake in Shizuoka (though this one not nearly as serious as the first).
As some of you reading this may know, I have strong connections to Japan. My wife is the Japanese artist and model-maker, Machiko Weston, and I lived there from 2002 to 2004. We’ve been watching NHK and feeling pretty helpless as the disasters mount.
That said, there is a simple way to help. If you’re able to donate money to the relief effort, please do. I would say that the most direct route would be through the Japanese Red Cross, but according to their website they are having some difficulty managing the enormous number of donations.
Depending on where you live, the best choice may be to donate locally to your domestic Red Cross. Here are some links:
In the meantime, hope everyone reading this is well.