It’s been almost a month, but don’t forget — Japan still needs our help. And Japan Society, the 104-year-old nonprofit bringing together Japan and U.S. culture, art and issues together into one multidisciplinary hub, is putting on Concert for Japan, a day-long marathon concert on Saturday, April 9 to benefit disaster victims in Japan (including performances by super-hip Japanese girl band The Suzan). Every last dime from the proceeds go to the Society’s Japan Earthquake relief fund, which has collected more than $1.5 million as of March 21.
The 12-hour concert will feature dozens of performances, including NY-based Japanese female-led bands Echostream, Hard Nips, The Suzan and Me & Mars. Philip Glass & Hal Willner, Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, Zorn, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Bill Laswell will be performing as well as Japanese artists on traditional Japanese instruments such as Masayo Ishigure (koto), Mutsumi and Masumi Takamizu (ji-uta sankyoku), Sadahiro Kakitani (ryuteki), Taikoza (taiko), and Yumi Kurosawa (koto).
While you’re there, enjoy special activities for all ages, including making origami cranes and washi lanterns for good wishes and recovery, basic Japanese language lessons with the theme “Reach out to Japan,” and unlimited access to “Bye Bye Kitty!!! Between Heaven & Hell in Contemporary Japanese Art,” Japan Society’s current gallery exhibition.
When: April 9, 2011
Where: Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street between First & Second Avenues
How: Japansociety.org, 212- 715-1258
If you wish to donate directly to Japan Society’s Japan Earthquake Relief Fund, go to www.japansociety.org/earthquake or mail a check to Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street, New York, New York 10017; Attn: Japan Earthquake Relief Fund. Checks should be made payable to Japan Society and indicate “Japan Earthquake Relief Fund” on the check. For additional information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.