QR code which donates directly to Japan Red Cross.

CScout from Japan which reports tirelessly on cool new innovations coming from this country, has posted this latest QR code that actually works for donating directly to the Red Cross in Japan.

La Carmina preparing for her fundraiser. Image courtesy of La Carmina.

La Carmina, one of our favorite Goth bloggers is working on an event taking place tomorrow, March 18th, here in Los Angeles to raise funds for Doctors without Borders in Japan. She and Sebastiano Serafini are sponsoring a Q-Pop art auction at Q Pop shop at 128 Astronaut E S S Onizuka Street, Los Angeles, from 7-11 p.m.

Participating artists include Junko Mizuno, and illustrators for Power Puff Girls, Samurai Jack and Pixar. (Works will also be sold online.) Tune in Tokyo is spinning tunes, and there will be live music from Dig Jelly, Stephanie Yanez and guitarist Po Lo.

Giant Robot Presents Water Works is another interesting fundraiser for Japan taking place March 19, from 6:30-10. Check out their site for an official invite.

Yoko Ono Lennon & Sean Ono Lennon: BAM 2010. Photo by Allan Tannenbaum ?2010 Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono is gathering the musical troupes for a concert on March 27 at Columbia University, NY featuring herself, Sean Lennon, Sonic Youth, Mike Patton, and others. “The tragedy and devastation is really overwhelming,” says John Zorn, who has organized and will host the evening. “I’ve always felt a strong personal connection to Japan, and I’m just glad to be able to do my part to help. It should be an amazing night.”

Both the performers and the theater are donating their services, ensuring that 100% of proceeds from ticket sales will go to benefit the victims of the earthquake and tsunami that hit near Sendai on March 11. Funds will be donated to the Japan Society’s Earthquake Relief Fund.

Here’s the information:
Ticket Price: $50-$100; $25 for students
To order tickets by phone: 212-854-7799
To order tickets by mail: Print and mail this form

Miller Theatre at Columbia University
2960 Broadway (at 116th Street)
MC 1801
New York, NY 10027
Phone: 212-854-1633
Box Office: 212-854-7799
Email: miller-arts@columbia.edu

WE HEART JAPAN is coming from the anime industry which will feature art, autographs, and fundraising at Meltdown Comics at 7522 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046, tonight, Thursday.

With generous sponsorships and donations from HARMONY GOLD, GENEON ENTERTAINMENT, PACIFIC MEDIA EXPOMX, COSPLAY IN AMERICA, BANDAI ENTERTAINMENT, AM22M, CRUNCHYROLL, NAN DESU KAN, SWEET STREETS LA, LOVE THE TRUTH CLOTHING, and more, WE HEART JAPAN will feature a silent auction with art from Shinichi “Nabeshin” Watanabe, Sweet Streets LA, Cathy Clark, Zane DeGaine, Kevissimo, Dekker Dreyer, Aaron Bjork, Shibuya Girls Pop, Sam Randazzo, Sawdust Bear, Sasha Palacio, Sara Tea, Patrick Smith, Eron Rauch and many more! Dekker Dreyer, Pinguino, Jason Leung, Geoffrey Golden, Sawdust Bear, Patrick Smith, David Mertl, Jane Dope, and more. In addition, prizes will be raffled off over the course of the night.

All proceeds will go to the ?Japan NGO Earthquake Relief and Recovery Fund? which provides support to organizations in Japan that are taking part in the relief effort, as well as to ensure longer-term support for local organizations working hard to rebuild their communities. Visit here for more details: http://www.jcie.org/earthquake

For the latest information, please visit www.weheartjapan.com.

Yoshiki at his crystal piano that he is auctioning off.

X Japan’s Yoshiki is auctioning off his crystal glass piano to raise funds and is also utilizing his non-profit website towards his efforts to assist Japanese earthquake and tsunami victims.

The custom-made, plexi-glass “Yoshiki Signature Piano by Kawai” with Yoshiki?s name engraved on it, was used when the band played their legendary shows at the Tokyo Dome.

The Japanese-born Yoshiki, who lives in Los Angeles, felt the earthquake tremors while in a Tokyo recording studio working on X Japan?s first North American album, and was shocked by the large-scale damage across Japan. “It took awhile to locate my mother, but she is, thankfully, OK,” said Yoshiki, “and I?ve spoken with [band members] Toshi, Pata, Sugizo and Heath, and they are all safe as well. I am praying for the people here who are still trying to locate their family and friends.”

X Japan has decided to postpone the release of their first U.S. single, “Jade,” that had been scheduled to be released today, so that they may focus their time and energies on helping with the recovery.

In addition to raising money by auctioning his “crystal” piano, Yoshiki will collect donations for the Japanese disaster relief through the Yoshiki Foundation America, his California non-profit, public benefit corporation with tax-exempt status as a section 501(c) (www.yoshikifoundation.com). The Yoshiki Foundation has already donated to American organizations such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, the Grammy Foundation, and St. Vincent Meals on Wheels.

Stay tuned for more as we continue to update relief efforts. Send us information if you know of others to be listed that would be appropriate for Label Networks’ readers.