Awareness for Japan Crisis + Hello Kitty Paper Cranes + Other Kawaii Support

I am still sad about the current state of crisis in Japan. While browsing through the photos section on TIME (my fave photojournalism spot online) I came across this image with Kitty-chan and I seriously got teary eyed. :'(

All I know is, this could totally be me. x___X

As you may know, the crisis in Japan is very close to my heart… I mean, everyone on my Mom’s side of the family lives in Japan — and thank goodness they are safe. Mother nature sure knows how to make you feel humble… The recent events goes to show you that life is very precious and you never know… It makes me feel so little and I wonder, is there anything I can do to help? How much of an impact can I really have?

I stumbled onto and really liked that they were appealing to young people throughout the world to share their love and support for the Japanese people with “Paper Cranes for Japan.” So I made one out of Hello Kitty origami paper…

And then I made some more…

Even though Japan is going through a very sad time, I am thankful to see that a lot of kawaii brands are setting a good example and donating in a time of need.

Sanrio Japan announced their plans to donate to the Japanese Red Cross last week!

Sanrio updated Sanrio and Hello Kitty‘s FB profile pics with this suuuuper kawaii graphic! Made my heart happy!

Sanrio also posted a blog about donating to relief efforts to those affected by the earthquake in Japan and the tsunami in the Pacific.

Other acts of kindness that brightened my days… BAPE <3

Loungefly cares…

So does Mighty Fine — check out the blog post, Please Help Us Support Relief Efforts in Japan.

And last but not least… tokidoki (ummm, yeah… My job is awesome *duh*)!!!

Simone Legno made this kawaii illustration specifically for the Josh Duhamel x tokidoki Relief Run which will take place this Sunday at Santa Monica Beach at 10a.m.! You can RSVP for the Youth Run 4 Japan… If you are not in the LA area — you can still help out by getting any of the tokidoki Relief Run products. 100% of profit from these products goes to the American Red Cross Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Fund.

*Sigh* I wonder which charities the Junkies are supporting…