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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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HOPE JAPAN CHARITY T-SHIRTS ON SALE! LA CARMINA & SEBASTIANO SERAFINI CLOTHING DESIGNS, MANGA ANIME TEES.


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Happiness…. our HOPE charity t-shirts to benefit Japan are available for sale! You can pick up our special design from the Like Atmosphere website (they’ll ship internationally).

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Sebastiano Serafini and La Carmina co-founded the HOPE project, a t-shirt line with proceeds going to the victims of the Japan tsunami and earthquake. Various artists contributed designs, which were printed on superior-quality cotton by Japanese brand Like Atmosphere.

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Our design (above), by Alice and the Cat (left), was inspired by Seba and Carmina. The artist says, “The concept is love. In difficult times, embrace and love one another, and let’s help to build a better future.”

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The t-shirt has the striking HOPE logo, and a Goth-aristocrat manga drawing of Seba and me. Red, white and black colors symbolize Japan.

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The HOPE family includes a range of styles. On the right, Sebastiano wears the “holding egg” t-shirt by Like Atmosphere.

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Here, we’re modeling the “Glue-boy” tee by Ricardo Cavolo, “Hinomaru” shirt by Phuc Van Dang, and “Patched” by Like Atmosphere. All of these designs can be purchased online here.

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I’m so pleased with how the photos turned out! The shooting took place in Milan, in a studio near the Duomo.

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Carlo Travaglio of Context Productions was wonderful to shoot with. He worked fast, and rocked the colors and contrast.

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He also works on fashion apps, videos, and other multi-media projects — very cool.

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Let’s support Japan in style! We hope you’ll pick up our HOPE charity t-shirt here (ships internationally, PayPal accepted). Available in men and women’s sizes, M or L.

PS: if you send a photo of yourself wearing the shirt, we’ll put it on the Like Atmosphere site!

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Thank you for supporting our nonprofit work. Big hugs if you can help us get the word out on the HOPE t-shirts — perhaps you could write a blog post or Facebook note? You’re free to use these images; just link back to www.lacarmina.com

What do you think about our HOPE charity t-shirt project? Have you been continuing to help Japan’s recovery?

Song of the Day: Anosphere – New Hope (I heart space disco.)

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JAPAN FUNDRAISING DIARY: LOS ANGELES CHARITIES, SENDAI EARTHQUAKE & TSUNAMI RELIEF. RESOURCES, WAYS TO HELP.


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Los Angeles Adventure Time! Here’s a fun photo diary of my fundraising days with Sebastiano Serafini, who flew into LA from Tokyo after the earthquake.

We brought our Japan flag and donation box everywhere, to drum up aid for the survivors. Even my red and white dress, gifted from Bettie Page Clothing, lent visual support. Believe it or not, my outfit got more attention than Sebastiano at our favorite gay club (The Abbey in West Hollywood)!

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The bouncers always interrogate Seba, since he doesn’t look close to legal age. (One was convinced he’s 14 years old!) He especially looks like a little boy in big shoes, a Kamen Rider t-shirt and La Carmina hoodie.

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Above is the other La Carmina hoodie, featuring my fat Scottish Fold cat, Basil Farrow.

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Our fellow red-heads, Heathyr and Patrice, care deeply about Japan relief. It’s great to have friends like them.

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While in LA, we also had time for fun (recall our dance party at Best Buy). Can you guess which stuffed toy belongs to Seba?

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The correct answer is… the cute stuffed puppy! Also pictured: a panda bear necklace gifted from Soho Hearts.

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How would you caption this image? First Mate Naomi suggests: “Because every day is going to be today. And today, you need a wig.”

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As for this one: “It was a tearful goodbye when Sebastiano left home for the first time, but his family knew they’d still see him on holidays and at special events.”

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La Carmina and Seba are the “Eloises” of the Orlando Hotel in West Hollywood. If you stay here (and we recommend that you do), ask the staff about us. They’ll fall over laughing.

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Seba’s shark backpack chomps on my toes.

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My skull tights are gifted from Artisan Socks.

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The news coverage about Japan has died down, but tens of thousands remain missing or homeless. Please keep on supporting the Japanese recovery, through donations, fundraisers, or plain getting the word out. Naomi’s Help Japan Wiki is a fantastic compilation of charities and events.

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If you have questions about anything in these photos (outfits, locations) — or anything at all — do leave me a comment. I’ll reply.

PS: Thank you to Tokyo Catwalk for interviewing me about my work in Japanese street fashion.

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