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    Skating Friends Support Japan

    Dear all,

    we are pleased to tell you that our fundraising action "Skating Friends Support Japan" has just started now here: https://www.nyjalccfundraising.com/

    Skating Friends Support Japan

    Figure skating related fundraising action for Japan kicks off with moved World Championships

    Who: A group of skating friends decided to start a long-term fundraising operation with regards of the close connection between figure skating and Japan.

    What: All the funds that are collected on the internet platform https://www.nyjalccfundraising.com/ will be used directly for victims of the disaster areas in Japan, through the Lions Club International.

    Why: The ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2011 were scheduled to take part in Tokyo, Japan, in March. As a result of the devastating earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis, the championships were postponed and moved to Moscow, Russia (April 25 to May 1). Figure skating is a very popular sport in Japan and figure skaters all over the World love competing and performing in Japan.

    Please join the action, each dollar counts and also, spread the word so that as many skating fans as possible can participate.
    Updates will follow!

    Thank you for taking part.

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    Hope this really works out well.

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    I hope so, too! The key to success is that as many people as possible know about it and participate not only by (hopefully) donating, even if it just a small amount, but also by posting the link on their FB pages, Twitter etc.

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    We Japanese appreciate your support for Japan.
    Millions of people stay in very hard in our country. Japan needs your support and love.
    Thank you very much!

    In Moscow, Japanese skaters participated in the official practice having the mourning bands on the arms.
    http://ca.news.yahoo.com/japanese-sk...163845478.html

    And Japanese Skating Federation started the project to send folded paper cranes to victims in the Moscow arena.
    http://www.jiji.com/jc/eqa?g=eqa&k=2011042500835

    If you go see World Championship in Moscow, would you join?

    Actually I went to Fukushima last weekend. As you know, nuclear plant accidents are not over and people have very hard time there.
    Why can we stop supporting them?
    But the Spring has come even in the disaster area. Sakura is very beautiful overcoming earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear plant accidents.
    http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/nonko116/19906010.html

    Your donation will help Japan very much. It is wonderful!

    If you like Japan, would you come here? IAEA and the Japanese Government have been announcing radioactivity in Japan.
    Most of area is safe and radioactivity is as low now as usual.
    http://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/...iupdate01.html
    http://atmc.jp/

    We Japanese are never in panic or disorganize, but are always polite and well-ordered.
    Lawless zone has never happened in Tokyo, Osaka or any cities in Japan after the disasters.
    But World Figure Skate Championship moved to Moscow, a lot of artists from abroad cancelled concerts and tourists stopped coming to Japan.
    We are missing them very much.

    Ice shows and NHK Trophy will happen in the next season. Japan will overcome difficulties and will become more beautiful country in a future.
    Hope skaters will come from the world and perform in Japan and skate fans will come and see them from the world.

    A friend in hard is friend indeed.
    We really appreciate Tomash Verner, Stephane Lambiel and Johnny Weir will perform in Japan this summer.

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    Nonko, thank you for your post, and especially for the link to your blog - the cherry blossoms are so beautiful.

    I would love to visit, but it's not possible at the moment.

    Sending prayers and healing and good wishes for the whole country. It broke my heart to see what Japan went through. It is a mirror for all of to see how fragile life is, and how mighty nature is.

    (((((((Japan)))))))))

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    Quote Originally Posted by NONKO View Post
    We Japanese are never in panic or disorganize, but are always polite and well-ordered.
    Lawless zone has never happened in Tokyo, Osaka or any cities in Japan after the disasters.
    I panic easily. I'm always disorganized, and yet I'm Japanese too.

    Don't take me wrong, but please be careful when you use the phrase "we Japanese."

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    Nonko, thanks for sharing this news - and your thoughts - with us.

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    I would really urge anyone who has plans or is thinking of going to Japan to go. It's a fantastic country to visit and it will really help the economy.

    At least that was my excuse when I went there last month and bought lots of things.
    To think that fun is simple fun, while earnest things are earnest, proves all too plain that neither one thou truthfully discernest.

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    Listen now to messages from skaters on the Skating Friends Support Japan fundraising website: http://www.nyjalccfundraising.com/e/skatingfriends

    The first two videos are online and more are to come. Please join the action. Thank you!

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    Three-time and reigning World Champions Aljona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy support "Skating Friends Support Japan" with their video message. View it on the fundraising website http://www.nyjalccfundraising.com/e/skatingfriends

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    We now have a video message from Maia and Alex Shibutani for "Skating Friends Support Japan".
    It would be great if more and more people can spread the link and participate. Each donation is welcome. Thank you!

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    I don't know if this falls into this thread's intention, but right after the ceremony at the Worlds, Yuna Kim donated her prize money for the children affected by the Japan earthquake.

    Another skater that supports Japan!

    http://www.feverskating.com/fevers/52551374

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    Quote Originally Posted by l'etoile View Post
    I don't know if this falls into this thread's intention, but right after the ceremony at the Worlds, Yuna Kim donated her prize money for the children affected by the Japan earthquake.

    Another skater that supports Japan!

    http://www.feverskating.com/fevers/52551374
    Of course it falls into this thread's intention. It is great that Yuna Kim supports Japan with her donation. Everyone can do the same by joining "Skating Friends Support Japan". :-)

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    We've now uploaded a video message of Carolina Kostner: http://www.nyjalccfundraising.com/e/skatingfriends

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    We've uploaded another video to the donation page:http://www.nyjalccfundraising.com/e/skatingfriends

    Check out who it is. :-)

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    Eislauffan, thank you very much!
    Thanks a lot for sweet messages from skaters to Japan.
    Thanks a lot, everyone who sends thoughts, messages and money to Japan.

    Thank Russia for considerations to Japan in the opening and closing ceremony of World Championship.
    Thank St. Petersburg and skaters for making a benefit.
    Here are written or spoken in Japanese, but you can see photos and video clips.
    http://www.sanspo.com/sports/news/11...0117002-n1.htm
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKTDRsYZPTU
    http://www.youtube.com/user/sk8erMA1.../1/fFAiMUIAOLY
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lw6iMgBpWO4

    Kozuka, Asada, Murakami, Oda, Takahashi and more Japanese skaters made benefits on May 7th in Nagoya, Japan. Proceeds from ticket sales, merchandise and fund-raising will go to victims.
    http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/showthread.php?t=78463

    Asada made “The Ice” shows in Nagoya every summer. This summer it will happen in Nagoya and Osaka as benefits. She will not get any performance fees. Proceeds from ticket sales and merchandise will go to victims
    And Kozuka and Asada have a plan to make an ice show in disaster areas and invite victims free.
    http://www.sanspo.com/sports/news/11...1719000-n1.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by NONKO View Post
    Kozuka, Asada, Murakami, Oda, Takahashi and more Japanese skaters made benefits on May 7th in Nagoya, Japan. Proceeds from ticket sales, merchandise and fund-raising will go to victims.
    http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/showthread.php?t=78463
    I did not manage to go watch the show but read tons of positive reports by those who did!

    Kozuka, who proposed and carried out this fund-raising event, even handcrafted 8 donation boxes by himself. (pic: http://weblog.ctv.co.jp/ehonda/tFsHDUE) Also he must have been done some of the organizing work BEFORE the world championships!

    Akiko posted some shots of their after-party to her blog, and says they all danced to Mambo as Dai's SP choreography, from start to finish! http://ameblo.jp/suzuki-akko/entry-10885001191.html Check out the last picture of the blog entry LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by midori View Post
    I did not manage to go watch the show but read tons of positive reports by those who did!

    Kozuka, who proposed and carried out this fund-raising event, even handcrafted 8 donation boxes by himself. (pic: http://weblog.ctv.co.jp/ehonda/tFsHDUE) Also he must have been done some of the organizing work BEFORE the world championships!

    Akiko posted some shots of their after-party to her blog, and says they all danced to Mambo as Dai's SP choreography, from start to finish! http://ameblo.jp/suzuki-akko/entry-10885001191.html Check out the last picture of the blog entry LOL
    Kozuka made those boxes?!!!!! I'm so impressed. They are beautiful.

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    New video message on "Skating Friends Support Japan":
    http://www.nyjalccfundraising.com/e/skatingfriends

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    As we are uploading more and more video messages, we save the links under "my videos". We only can display six videos at a time on the homepage.
    Yuko Kavaguti/Alexander Smirnov's video is online now as well.

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