We are all absolutely horrified to learn about the earthquake & tsunami in Japan last Friday. Having lived there for nearly 4 years, Japan is a second home to me, a place I absolutely adore and filled with people who I completely admire. It was an anxious few days spent tracking down friends there, but within 72 hours I was able to get word that everyone was okay, albeit with regular blackouts and some without water. Unfortunately there was a lot of damage to my old workplace and friends houses, but nothing like the damage that the tsunami did to the coastal towns in the North East. The footage breaks my heart.

Most people are terrified – the continuous aftershocks are frightening even the most robust of characters. For some the aftershocks are the least of their worries – they have lost their homes, livelihoods and communities.

Photo courtesy of http://www.news.com.au/

If you feel compelled to help Japan in whatever way you can, here is a great list of 5 ways to help Japan disaster victims.

Alternatively, how about setting up a charity registry for your wedding guests? American Red Cross, Medecins Sans Frontiers (Doctors Without Borders) & Mercy Corps are all organizations sending money right to the people who need it now. (Be aware of scams from non-legitimate charities.)

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