Fundraising Screening of CALF Animation Programme for Play For Japan at the Roxy Bar and Screen in London

Jasper Sharp jasper_sharp at
Fri Mar 18 10:33:25 EDT 2011

Oh that's interesting. I know Damien Penston from my time in Tokyo, although not in any way connected with film-related stuff.

As for the aid getting through, I'm usually pretty cynical about this sort of thing myself, but for this particular screening we were asked directly by the Japan Society UK, who have set up the Play For Japan initiative (which is nothing to do with me), and according to the Japan Society website the money is going directly to the Japan Society Tohoku Earthquake Relief Fund, and "All funds received will be distributed to organizations working to help 
people in the affected areas recover from the devastating effects of the
 earthquake and tsunami." (
My main fear is that with the exchange rate as it is, any money we raise will be a mere drop in the ocean compared with what is needed, but we can at least pray it makes some minute difference.

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Date: Fri, 18 Mar 2011 04:45:02 -0700
From: lrnelson at
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Subject: Re: Fundraising Screening of CALF Animation Programme for Play For Japan at the Roxy Bar and Screen in London

For those interested in making more direct contributions to the Japan relief effort, here are some options:

Rescue Japan--non-profit run by Tokyoites who are collecting essential items and trucking them directly to shelters in the north, no middlemen. All monetary donations pay for gasoline, truck rentals, etc.

Damien Penston is putting together a list of names of people who want to volunteer in Japan and help with the relief effort. He is also creating a website for people who want to volunteer to host refugees in their homes. You can email him at damien at

Finally, Second Harvest Japan is also collecting food and other essentials--again, all monetary donations go directly to trucks, gasoline, and the purchase of goods. Drop off goods at their office in Asakusabashi or donate on their website at

Like others, I don't mean to imply that Play for Japan and other efforts like it aren't a good idea, I'm just providing info on more ways to donate. 

--Lindsay Nelson

On Fri, Mar 18, 2011 at 4:27 AM, Wei Ting Jen <intewig at> wrote:

Hi everyone
Just wanted to raise a question for discussion. There's been lots of fundraising and charity drives going on around the world, and even small-time charities trying to capitalise on the disaster to raise funds on the internet. Even my own company is launching a charity drive for the Red Cross. 

But how much of these funds raised are actually going to go to the earthquake/tsunami victims and refugees? I understand that the Japanese government has not asked for money, only specific items like fuel, gas, boron, medical services, etc. Other unharmed prefectures have been sending relief goods which have been accumulating in relief centres because the local government has not been able to distribute them fast enough (for what reason I don't know).

I am not questioning people's intentions here, and I fully support events such as Jasper Sharp's Play for Japan (great pun by the way). I don't mean to be controversial, but I just don't think donating money through the internet or to the local Red Cross is the most direct or effective way of helping victims of this disaster. If there was a specific cause, say someone with a direct link to a particular village trying to rebuild homes, yes, that should be fully supported. But donating directly to relief organisations and expecting Mr Hiratsuka to benefit directly....

Again, I stress that I think Play for Japan is a great event and it's wonderful that people are opening their hearts and wallets to help the disaster victims. I just wonder if there are more effective ways out there to make a contribution? 

Appreciate hearing your thoughts.
Wei Ting
2011/3/18 Jasper Sharp <jasper_sharp at>

I've already posted this information on my own website , but figured there would be UK based Kinejapanners who might be interested.

The original posts are here:

There's also a series of daily video diaries Tokyo-based filmmaker Ian Thomas Ash has been posting on youtube, which I've also been linking to, which might give those outside of Japan a better perspective as to how people are faring in the capital at the moment. 

The Play For Japan website [] has been set up to give details of all fundraising events in the UK for the Tohoku Earthquale. The coming weeks should see a number of arts and music related events taking place in London, such as a handful of gigs by the London-based Aussie electro-techno twosome Loops of Fury [] and a 1950??s themed Whiskey Tasting and music Extravaganza with Cask Strength and Gary Driscoll! No doubt there??ll be plenty more soon announced too, but if you??ve got any ideas of ways you can raise money, then get in touch with Play for Japan at events at

Oh yes, and there??s also a Play for Japan Facebook group []

Dates and venues for the above events have yet to be confirmed, which goes someway to show the difficulties in getting hold of a venue at short notice, which is why we are particularly grateful to the Roxy Bar and Screen [] on Borough High Street (midway between London Bridge and Borough tube stations) for stepping in at such short notice and providing both a bar and a screen for a Special screening of Beyond Anime: CALF Animation for Play for Japan, on Sunday 3 April from 6-9pm.

And likewise, a huge thanks to Nobuaki Doi and the animators at CALF, Atsushi Wada, Kei Oyama, Mirai Mizue and the TOCHKA collective for giving their thumbs up to show this film. 

There??s no fixed ticket price. Just donate what you want at the door, and we??ll no doubt find some other way of prising more money from your hands on the night, all of which will go directly to the 

Japan Society Tohoku Earthquake Relief Fund []/

For more details, take a look at the entry on the Play for Japan website [], its Facebook event page [] or the Zipangu Fest website [], with the full programme listed here []. 

So Just to reiterate, that??s 

Special screening of Beyond Anime: CALF Animation for Play for Japan
Where: The Roxy Bar and Screen, 128-132 Borough High Street, London SE1 1LB (London Bridge and Borough tube stations)
When: Sunday 03 April 2010, 18:00 ?V 21:00.

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