Photos from 灯 AKASHI: Candlelight Vigil for 1-Year Anniv. Northern Japan Earthquake & Tsunami

Posted: March 25th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Fundraiser Events, News | No Comments »

Photo by Akko Terasawa

Let’s rise again – RISE JAPAN VOL.3 @SOM. June 17, 2011

Posted: June 9th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Fundraiser Events | No Comments »

RISE JAPAN Vol.2 “RISE AGAIN” raised $9009!!!

Posted: April 14th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Fundraiser Events, News | No Comments »

Team RISE JAPAN – S.I.R., Gallery Heist, Kokoro Studio, ARC Studios & Gallery – is excited to announce that we raised $9009 from RISE JAPAN Vol.2 “RISE AGAIN” on Thursday, April 7th at ARC Studios & Gallery!!!  We had over 110 participant artists and vendors, and the walls of the main gallery space were filled with astonishing numbers of art pieces.  All artworks were priced $100 & under, except 8 larger pieces selected for silent auction.

We would like to thank everyone who came to the event and showed their support.  At the end of the night, there was a short speech by Aoi Yamaguchi, the founder and organizer of S.I.R. art collective and RISE JAPAN, Julianne Yates, the owner of Gallery Heist, Michael Yochum, the owner of ARC Studios & Gallery, and Dice Tsutsumi, the founder of Artists Help Japan.  We ended the event with the moment of silence – prayed for Japan in a large circle.  Hope our love reached to victims in Japan across the ocean.

Special thanks to Moholy Ground, Sapporo USA Inc., Choya Umeshu, Hooker’s Sweet Treats, Suwa Bag, Tarumikoshi Kai, Give2Asia staff, KRON4 news, Society Theory,, and all the artists who donated your artworks, and so many more. We really appreciate your contribution and support.  All the proceeds are donated to Give2Asia, and will be used for relief to the victims of the Earthquake and Tsunami, and reconstructions and  revitalization of the damaged areas in Northern Japan.

RISE JAPAN is participating in Cherry Blossom Festival this Saturday, April 16th. We will share a booth with artist Yuta Sugihara from Tokyo, his artworks and RISE JAPAN goodies such as T-shirts and stickers are available at the table. Please come by and say hi!

RISE JAPAN Vol.1 raised $15,542!!!

Posted: April 6th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Fundraiser Events, News | No Comments »

S.I.R., Gallery Heist and Kokoro Studio are excited to announce that we raised $15,542 from our first fundraiser art exhibition & performances, RISE JAPAN Vol.1 on Saturday, April 2nd!!!
We would like to send our biggest thanks to all the amazing artists for your generous art donations, bands and musicians who rocked the crowd throughout the night, EVERYONE who came to the show, and sponsors including Sapporo, Onigilly, PsPrint, Mochi Media, Academy of Art University, Public Barber Salon, Landor Associates, Studio Gallery for your contributions, Rye Bar and Ambassador for providing amazing special cocktails, and media support from, Society Theory, KRON4, KTVU, SF Station and so many more!!
We also would like to thank our special guest Jane Kim, the supervisor of Tenderloin district, for coming to our show and giving us a heartfelt speech.

It was beautiful to see the whole block of Geary & Leavenworth being filled with positive energy and united with love from over 900 people.  All the RISE JAPAN staff got tears in their eyes.

Check out how amazing the Saturday night was at RISE JAPAN FlickrSF Station‘s photo album! ↓

(Click image to view the album! : Thank you Casey Holts for awesome photos)

Wait, it’s not over yet – Hope to see you again at RISE JAPAN Vol.2 on coming Thursday, April 7th at ARC Studios & Gallery!! ARC Studios & Gallery features 1,000 sq ft gallery space with high ceiling, and a lot more beautiful artworks donated from about 100 artists nationwide, mouth-melting chocolates from Hooker’s Sweet Treats, the most popular Japanese plum wine from Choya Umeshu, everyone’s favorite Sapporo beer, music CDs from Mellow Orange Music and Braza! and many more!

Japanese designer Shin Suwa from (NYC), has donated 30 of his hand sewn tote bags from his SuwaBag line. We have selected thirty artists from the bay area, who will be using their creative talents to customize each bag. Several of the artists will be finishing their bags at ARC gallery during the reception Thursday night. Make sure to get there as they will surely sale out.

S.I.R. “Hinomaru” team designed a rising sun message board, which will be placed by the drinks. We will keep the video camera rolling all night to capture how the message board getting filled by warm messages, and the board will be sent to Japan with the video. Please join us and send our positive energy to earthquake & tsunami victims in Japan!

ARC STUDIOS & GALLERY Thursday, April 7th 7-11PM (extended hour!)

Check out the donated art work on RISE JAPAN Flickr!

“Sketch for Japan: An Artist Fundraiser” raised $1,800!

Posted: March 28th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Fundraiser Events | No Comments »

We are pleased to announce, that raised $1,800 from our Sketch for Japan Fundraiser on Monday march 21!!!!! Special thanks to all the participating artists and Gallery Director Brooke Waterhouse of Project OneGallery for her generous donation of the space. What an amazing turnout!!! Thanks to everyone for getting the word out there RISE JAPAN: Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fundraiser, KRON news, White Walls,Hi-Fructose MagazineSF Station, SF Weekly, SF Gate,, Yelp, Pacific Arts Collective, A&O PR, and many more! Please forgive us we forgot to mention you, everyone played an essential role in making this happen!

Sketch for Japan: An Artist Fundraiser Facebook invite

Project One Gallery presents: Sketch for Japan

Posted: March 18th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Fundraiser Events | No Comments »

“Sketch for Japan: An Artist Fundraiser” will be held Monday, March 21 at Project One Gallery & Lounge and is organized by in partnership with RISE JAPAN. All proceeds will be directly donated to Give2Asia: Artists Help Japan – Earthquake & Tsunami 2011- a fund that is directly distributed to the people in the northern region of Japan.

We are asking participating artists to sketch inspired artwork, or donate any works that they may have laying around their studios for the fundraiser. All works will be priced at $50 or under (cash only). We will have the pieces displayed on a board (much like Sketch Tuesdays at 111 Minna) where visiting patrons can purchase the works immediately.

A large part of the Japanese community within San Francisco has had family personally affected by the recent earthquake and tsunami – this is our way of helping those currently in need.

Project One Gallery and Lounge
251 Rhode Island in the Design District of San Francisco
Monday, March 21st from 5-11 pm

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About the Fund that we are Donating to:
Artists Help Japan Earthquake & Tsunami Fund is responding to the needs of survivors through short-term to long-term recovery projects undertaken by the affected communities. The fund is founded by Dice Tsutsumi, an art director at Pixar Animation Studios. Dice was also behind the 2008 Totoro Forest Project to help preserve Sayama Forest in Japan and the Sketchtravel Project.

We are partnering with Give2Asia, which has a local team based in Tokyo, to assess the current situation and to obtain more information on the needs of survivors. Give2Asia helped the Totoro Forest Project, well-known in the animation industry, efficiently send funds to Japan in 2008 and has a great reputation when it comes to humanitarian efforts in Asia.

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