Category Archive for Japan Earthquake

JAPAN IN A DAY, RIDLEY SCOTT & FUJI TV EARTHQUAKE PROJECT: GPKISM INDUSTRIAL DANCE VIDEO WITH TANK9 & MARY!


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Join me on an epic new project… a collaboration with the Industrial/Goth music underground, to aid Japan!

It’s hard to believe the earthquake and tsunami struck almost one year ago. The human toll was enormous: 25,000 killed or missing, and 117,000 displaced. Cities were submerged, and Fukushima’s nuclear reactor was devastated.

Today, Japan still needs our help in rebuilding. La Carmina, tank9 and Mary Nine have teamed up to take action.

Inspired by Ridley Scott’s Japan in a Day project, we’re filming an Goth-industrial dance video that raises funds, and commemorates the anniversary of the disaster. And we want you to join us. Read on to learn how!

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Mary Nine and tank9 make inspiring industrial dance videos, which you can see on YouTube. We’re filming one together, to show our love and support of Japan, especially its vibrant underground.

Ken and Kiwamu from GPKISM kindly gave us permission to feature their song Iudicium. GPKISM’s activities were put on pause because of the earthquake, and we want to give them support through this project.

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We’re also submitting the video to Ridley Scott and Fuji TV’s Japan in a Day Project, which invites people around the world to record their lives on the anniversary of the earthquake.

Seattle friends — join us this Sunday! Meet us at Resurrection, the industrial club night, and be in the video.

WHAT: Come to the club night, bring your friends, and be filmed for our charity video
WHEN: Sunday March 11th, at 11pm
WHERE: Club Noc Noc, 1516 2nd Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101 (21+)

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All day long on March 11th, we’ll be collecting donations for Direct Relief International. The non-profit aid organization is well-regarded, and earmarks these funds for Japan.

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We urge you to keep Japan in mind, and take action to help. Donate. Do something to raise awareness.

You can start by spreading the word on our video project (just click the Like/Share/Tweet buttons below). We’re grateful for your support.

What are your thoughts on Japanese disaster and response, one year later? How can we all continue to help?

BEST OF 2011, PART 1: LA NEW YEARS, JAPAN FUNDRAISING, HONG KONG GOTH STORES, FASHION MODELING IN ITALY.


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What a wild year! As New Year’s Eve approaches, let’s take a moment to reminisce. Do you remember my travels and adventures, from last January to June?

I rang in 2011 in Los Angeles, at a Hollywood alt party with Seba and friends. We had a crazy time in LA, with gigs that included modeling for Lip Service.

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In March, I was about to go to Japan for two TV hosting jobs (German and Belgian travel shows), and help bring the NOH8 Campaign (a photo-protest against inequality) worldwide. The earthquake struck the week before my flight – and needless to say, everything got cancelled.

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First and foremost, I made sure my friends were safe. Seba flew to LA, and we threw ourselves into charity projects for Japan. I also interviewed Black Veil Brides about their experiences during the quake.

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Seba and I released a benefit t-shirt with Like Atmosphere, and a panda bear necklace with Soho Hearts. All funds go to helping Japan; you can learn more about the designs here.

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Since the disaster shifted my work away from Japan, I broadened my focus to dark culture and travel worldwide. First stop: Hong Kong (where we stayed in a Roomorama apartment) and Macau (for the Galaxy resort opening!)

Favorite memories include visiting the Charlie Brown theme cafe, and baking cute panda bread at my cousin’s cooking school.

Read all my HK and Macau articles, including Gothic Lolita shop recommendations.

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This year, my TV hosting work blew up. The Norway host club documentary aired, and won the equivalent of a Grammy award. (Catch up on my video clips.)

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I wasn’t able to make it to Wave Gotik Treffen, due to a conflict with a fashion event in Florence. In the next post, I’ll share photos from the second half of 2011: Italy, Tokyo, Wisconsin, Mexico and beyond!

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Bonus photo: my extreme makeup for a 1980s Italo Disco party in Milan. The heart sweater is from Mongkok in Hong Kong. Radical.

Did you know I’ve been running this blog since September 2011? You can see the Archives using the drop-down menu on my right sidebar.

What did you accomplish in 2011? Do you feel you grew, or challenged yourself this year? How so?

Song of the Day: Duran Duran – Girl Panic!

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JAPAN PANDA BEAR NECKLACE FOR CHARITY: SOHO HEARTS JEWELRY FOR SENDAI, JAPANESE EARTHQUAKE RECOVERY.


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La Carmina and Seba present… a cute panda bear necklace collaboration with Soho Hearts, with proceeds to benefit Japan!

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Show your support with the Pray for Japan Panda Bear Necklace. Half of the proceeds will go directly to disaster relief efforts in the Miyagi prefecture in Japan. No middleman taking a cut; the funds go straight to the Sendai government for rebuilding work.

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The design is beautiful: a silver metal chain with a panda bear pendant, covered with Swarovski crystals. The red circle on the stomach, also made with Swarovskis, represents the Japan flag.

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Dimensions: The twisted rope style chain is 36 inches long (you can adjust the length). The bear is 1.5 inches x 1 inches.

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The media has stopped running stories about Japan, but there’s still so much work to do. Questions about the aftermath; concerns about health.

Please don’t forget Japan. Do your best to help. Our charity necklace is available online here, for $99.95 (50% going straight to relief efforts). Soho Hearts ships internationally and accepts many forms of payment.

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Thanks to the Soho Hearts team for collaborating with us! The international jewelry brand is known for its cute designs, worn by celebrities like Kate Moss and Kelly Osbourne.

Photos by Carlo Travaglio of Context Productions in Milan.

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Please check out our necklace and consider picking one up (or putting it on your wishlist).

What do you think of the panda bear meets Japan flag design? Have you heard any updates about Japan’s rebuilding? What are your thoughts? Feel free to share in the comments.

PS: This necklace is 100% nonprofit: the cost is to cover manufacture, and the rest goes direct to Japan. Seba and I aren’t making a cent from this; you can ask Soho Hearts on Facebook, Twitter or email to confirm. Thanks.

Song of the Day: X Japan – Kurenai

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THE LIONS OF FUKUSHIMA, TOHOKU SAFARI PARK: TRIP TO SENDAI, SITE OF JAPAN EARTHQUAKE & TSUNAMI DISASTER.


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I went to Fukushima, Japan as part of my recent TV show shoot. It wasn’t my decision. One of the locations happened to be in Sendai.

The half-day experience and lingering impact are hard to sum up. Weird, mixed feelings are ongoing… it doesn’t add up. Such as these lions, which were in the same park.

I posted a new video on YouTube and above, showing the lions caged in Tohoku Safari Park. Take away what you will from it.

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I can’t reveal exactly what went on during the TV shoot, but we were in this location for the racetrack. Hence the revving car noises in the background.

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The lions and tigers were in the hardest-hit zone of the earthquake. They all survived. Proud animals, and sad.

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This male lion kept roaring. What do you think he’s trying to tell us?

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Spot the differences between the lioness and my spoiled Scottish Fold, Basil Farrow.

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Without doubt, my cat has more confidence in his eyes.

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In the video, I speak a little about the ethics of having these creatures in cages…

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This was my first sight of Fukushima. The TV crew took the Shinkansen to Koriyama Station, then taxied to Nihonmatsu.

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The city was active — cars in the streets — yet felt empty. Shops were open, but many roofs were in repair.

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To my surprise, the area was gloriously green. The natural beauty of Fukushima isn’t conveyed in the usual media coverage.

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Recent health reports of Fukushima children are grim. There’s still much that we don’t know, and Japan has a huge road of recovery ahead. Let’s do what we can to help.

Proceeds from our HOPE t-shirt collection go directly to the Sendai government, to help the victims of the earthquake and tsunami. There’s more info about the shirts here. And we’re going to launch yet another charity project next week.

Were you surprised, moved, broken by these images of Fukushima? What are your thoughts on the ongoing recovery efforts? Please take a second to view my video of the lions; there’s something poignant in there…

Song of the Day: Bauhaus – Dark Entries

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