Daibutsu, Kamakura

Daibutsu, Kamakura
Daibutsu in Kamakura, June 2010. There were thousands of school kids visiting that day. It was still great fun.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Quakebook - Relief for Japan

Quakebook - A Twitter-sourced charity book about how the Japanese Earthquake at 2:46 on March 11, 2011 affected us all. All proceeds from the QuakeBook Book go to the Japan Red Cross.

The 2:46 Quakebook project started with a tweet and is on the verge of something great, a way that we can help all those hit by the the March 11th, 2011 earthquake and its aftermath.

Led by OurManInAbiko, a call went out across Twitter for contributors to create a book to raise funds for Red Cross Japan. The idea was to share the stories and experiences of people actually on the ground during the earthquake, whilst raising funds for the Red Cross.

Hundreds of thousands of people have been affected by this event; from those directly in the earthquake zone, the path of the tsunami, in the evacuation area around the nuclear power plant in Fukushima, to those in many other areas of Japan, whose lives have been disrupted by rolling power blackouts, poor road conditions, food and water supply difficulties, and more.

The contributions have come from a wide variety of sources, and include photographs, personal accounts, drawings; each telling their own tale.

Every penny from sales of the book goes directly to Red Cross, Japan. We urge you to buy the book, buy a copy as a gift, promote it, share it, tweet about it, review it, blog about it, link to it, etc.

The tale of the evolution of QuakeBook can be found under the hashtag #quakebook on Twitter.

Click here to purchase Quakebook.


  1. Pretty impressive that he was able to finish it in a week, and should be a good piece of history.

    However I'm not too sure how to feel about things I keep reading like "it's on the verge of something great." What exactly? The fact that all proceeds are going to charity is a great idea and very kind of everyone who worked on the book, but I'm sure Red Cross is flooded with money right now. Of course it will most likely go to something useful, I'm not sure the money is so desperately needed at the moment.

    Even so, glad to see the J-blogging community working to help in what capacity they can.

  2. I understand your concern about the Red Cross and it is not the most direct way to contribute. But it is good and the Red Cross will continue to distribute quake money no matter how much they get so this can only help.

  3. I have a dilemma

    I'd like to support such a project, but I've lost income because of the earthquake....

    Still, it's a really neat idea.

  4. It's just one option people have to support. Others such as my wife are collecting money from friends and sending it directly to her father who will buy supplies for shelters in his town.

  5. thanks. I am putting my order for the book. My heart goes for the country of Japan and its people. This may be one of my most memorable travel events in my lifetime as my wife and I were in Tokyo during the quake. Please visit my blog for our account of the event. http://arvtar.blogspot.com/

  6. Thanks R Vin. I will check out your blog.