Friday, March 18, 2011

Help Japan

When I think of Japan I think of deep powder and laughter and I think of some of the nicest people you could ever hope to meet. I think of Tadashi Fuse, and how in two short weeks he became my favorite snowboarder -- not for his talent, not for his originality, not for his style, but for his idea of what snowboarding is and his attitude towards it. Rarely have I seen the kind of passion that "Tadash" embodies. This is a clip I filmed that I feel says everything about Tadashi and "Japanese style."
Having just completed a trip to Japan for "YES. It's a Movie" for which Tadashi played tour guide, the entire YES.NOW.BOARD crew is reeling from the effects this natural disaster has had on a place they -- along with so many other snowboarders -- have grown to love so much over the years.
"I feel very sorry for the Japanese people that have been directly and indirectly affected by this tragedy," says DCP. "Two weeks ago we were riding the train from Sendai to Sapporo hanging with our friend from these areas and touring such a beautiful country. The powder was great during or trip, but to think about it now, is hard. My prayers go to everyone over there, our friends and their families.''
With the tragic events of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami still unfolding with each passing day it is important for us take stock of what we have and appreciate each ollie and slash for what they are worth.
Below is a list of organizations that are leading relief efforts in Japan. You can help support their efforts with a simple text. Let's not to forget our Japanese friends in their time of need.

  • The Red Cross has already launched efforts in Japan. This may the most simple and accessible way to help. Visit Redcross.org or text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 from your phone.


  • The International Medical Corps is responding to the health needs of the disaster's victims. To donate or learn about other ways you can contribute to its medical response, visitInternationalmedicalcorps.org. Also, text MED to 80888 from any mobile phone to give $10.


  • The Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund was launched at GlobalGiving.org to garner funds that will be given to a variety of relief organizations helping victims of the earthquake.


  • Salvation Army personnel are reaching the most severely hit regions near Sendai with their humanitarian efforts. To contribute to earthquake relief, text 'JAPAN' or 'QUAKE' to 80888 to make a $10 donation or visit SalvationArmyUSA.org.
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