Skiers Helping Japan

Skiers Helping JapanMy friend Akira Sasaki told me about this project and I promised to share the word.

Skiers Helping Japan‘s mission - text below taken directly from the website. Please support them!

It is our mission as skiers — whether World Cup athletes or recreational – to send them our courage and positive energy. This in turn will encourage the victims in this area as well as the rest of the country that is supporting them through this disaster in a recovery process that will take a long time.

Resources related to the 2011 Japan Crisis

On March 11 at 2:46pm JST a massive 9.0-magnitude earthquake occurred near the northeastern coast of Japan, creating extremely destructive tsunami waves which hit Japan just minutes after the earthquake, and triggering evacuations and warnings across the Pacific Ocean. The earthquake and tsunami have caused extensive and severe damage in Northeastern Japan, leaving thousands of people confirmed dead, injured or missing, and millions more affected by lack of electricity, water and transportation.

Resources related to the 2011 Japan Crisis

is being updated continuously to provide the latest information about this crisis, resources for those affected, and ways to contribute to relief efforts in Japan.

Hadaka Matsuri (Naked Festival)


A hadaka matsuri hadakamatsuri (裸祭り, hadakamatsuri) (literally naked festival) is a type of Japanese festival, or matsuri, where participants wear a minimum amount of clothing; usually just a Japanese loincloth (called fundoshi), sometimes with a short happi coat, and very rarely completely naked.

Whatever the clothing, it is considered to be above vulgar, or everyday, undergarments, and on the level of holy Japanese shrine attire. Naked festivals are held in dozens of places throughout Japan every year, usually in the summer or winter.

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