Aid For Japan at MCM London Comic Con

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To raise awareness for the charity, Akemi Solloway and volunteers from Aid For Japan are a regular sight at many events across London and the UK.

On the 24th May the team stopped off at the hugely popular MCM London Comic Con. The event saw 122,000 visitors attending over the three days of the event – which plays host to everything from movies, videogames and comic books to anime, manga and cosplay.

Akemi and the team handed out flyers to let people know about the work Aid For Japan is doing for the orphans in Japan.

Little Dom’s Big Adventure

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Little Dom’s Big Adventure involved a motorbike journey from the UK to Japan to help raise funds and awareness for Aid For Japan. Ahead of setting off on his journey, Dominic Farwell-Cooke was the focus of an Aid For Japan event at the Daiwa Foundation earlier this month to see him off.

The evening started off with a talk by Aid For Japan founder Akemi Solloway and followed up by Dom explaining in more detail what his endeavour will entail.

The journey (which is entirely self-funded by Dom) will be tracked by 4 cameras that he will be taking with him. The plan is to upload regular video updates as his journey progresses, internet access permitting. Talking a little about the inspiration behind the journey, Dom commented that it was inspired in part by a photo taken of Earth on one of the Apollo moon missions, reminding him that everyone who has lived, is currently living and will live in the future was on that blue orb in the sky. “It’s important to me to help other people” Dom added.

Dom has been keen to keep the costs down as much as possible for his venture, opting for a tent to spend the nights and also taking a very compact toolkit to help maintain the bike.

“It’s important to me to help other people”

During the evening, attendees were also treated to a sake tasting session courtesy of Tengu Sake and sushi care of Tanpopo Japanese Food. Entertainment was also provided via the music of renowned international cellist Kosato Nishihata. We’re also pleased to report that the event was a resounding success and actually sold out on the day.

Supported by his friends and family at the event, Dom was also happy to announce that his donation pledges had already topped £1,000. The journey itself begins on 3rd May and Dom estimates it will take about 3 months to complete.

Aid For Japan would like to thank Tengu Sake, Tanpopo Japanese Food and Kosato Nishihata for their generous assistance. Thanks also to photographer Bhupendra Jethwa for taking photos at the event.

You can follow Dom’s progress via these sites:

Website: http://www.littledom.co.uk
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LittleDomsBigAdventure
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/littledoms

Indie game 9.03m raises funds for Aid For Japan

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Independent game developer Space Budgie launched the captivating game ’9.03m’ last year and donated nearly £5,000 from the proceeds to Aid For Japan.

’9.03m’ is a first person art/empathy game for PC. The setting is Baker Beach in San Francisco, where debris from the 2011 tsunami washed ashore in the years following the tsunami.

Space Budgie themselves describe ’9.03m’ as: “Not a game in the traditional sense of the word; it aims to humanise, and remember the victims of the 2011 Japanese tsunami. The media is quick to put figures to death tolls in such disasters, and 9.03m tries to remind people of the individuals behind those figures”.

The game was made available for sale last year and the developers kindly arranged for 50% of all royalties would go to Aid For Japan. As a result, ’9.03m’ has raised nearly £5,000 for Aid For Japan.

’9.03m’ is available to buy via Space Budgie’s website as well as Steam, Desura & IndieGameStand. Donations from future sales will continue to help Aid For Japan.

spacebudgie.com

Retrospective Blue Tiles

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Kensuke Nakata is a third year student at Central School of Saint Martins, studying ceramics. Recently, Kensuke embarked on a project called Retrospective Blue Tiles to raise money and awareness for Aid for Japan.

“As a ceramic artist, I am interested in raising awareness and send my messages through my architectural ceramics” comments Kensuke, “I like to keep commenting on social issues or sending uplifting messages and I believe that architectural ceramics (tiles) are highly effective means of creating impact across a wide expanse. My motto is ‘The great end of life is not knowledge but action’ (Thomas Henry Huxley 1825-95).”

The ceramic Retrospective Blue Tiles, which are designed to be wall mounted, are visually striking and Kensuke explained a little about how they were produced: “This design approach is the result of a gradual process of abstraction like Art Nouveau tiles. I started with the actual water ripple and pared away inessential detail until only the most characteristic circle lines were left. These two positive and negative tiles help to accentuate the façade, a visually striking element of any walls”.

The concept of the tiles are designed so that people should not forget about the 2011 tragedy. “In terms of how we contemplate and perceive the victims” adds Kensuke, “I aim to achieve a feeling of calm, quiet and nostalgia.”

You can read more about Kensuke Nakata here and the tiles are available to order via the Made In Arts London website here. A percentage of all sales will be donated to Aid For Japan.

www.madeinartslondon.com

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