Arama They Didn't

9:24 am - 03/11/2012

Johnny's talents begin donation collections at Tokyo Dome

Singer Masahiko Kondo (47) and many other talents from Johnny's Jimusho will take part in a donation collection event at Tokyo Dome from 10am today, in support of victims from the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.

A part of Johnny's Jimusho's relief project "Marching J" and led by Kondou, the event will call for donations until 9pm (with entry to the grounds closing at 5pm.)

Last year from April 1st to April 4th, a similar though larger collection event was held in front of the first gymnasium building at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Tokyo. The project has also collected donations in many other ways, but this is said to be its last event. All funds raised are planned to be donated to services supporting affected children.

Sources: sanspo (translated by squallina), Marching J official page

Forgive me, Arama. Today has me in tears. I'll never forget March 11, no matter how normal life in Tokyo returns to being.

chibi_hime 11th-Mar-2012 12:53 am (UTC)
I will never forget that I was in the parking lot of my school when the earthquake hit. And then forcing myself to keep smiling while my students huddled under the desks during the after shocks.

My prayers go out to everyone else affected and I hope the donations go where they are needed most.
wapiko a where were you? post? :D11th-Mar-2012 01:36 am (UTC)
I was in my international dorm in Nagoya when it happened. All we felt was the earthquake at magnitude 2 or so, and afterwards we all went back to our laptops and were watching live streams of the tsunami online. Couldn't believe it was actually happening. I'm lucky I was so far away, and none of my friends were hurt, but a friend of mine was teaching somewhere in Fukushima and later quit JET because they were trying to make him go back there. He had some pretty bad PTSD after that...(>_<)

Edited at 2012-03-11 01:37 am (UTC)
tamago226 Re: a where were you? post? :D11th-Mar-2012 03:55 am (UTC)
(I was there with you. Do you know who I am? x3 Totally didn't know you were on lj, though I should've guessed. :P)

It was an awful day, for sure, and so stressful afterward. Just...too many memories for me, even though we were so far away and barely affected. My prayers go out to everyone that experienced it... ;~;
wapiko Re: a where were you? post? :D11th-Mar-2012 04:02 pm (UTC)
Holy shit from the icon alone I'm going to call you Leah and then go to your userinfo and find out you're Steph or Miranda or someone XDDDDDDDDDDDDDDd
wapiko Re: a where were you? post? :D11th-Mar-2012 04:04 pm (UTC)

Had to go to your other website to figure it out but yaaaay!!! hahahaha I can't believe you found me here, this is way cool <3 I was waiting for floweranza to come in and post.
tamago226 Re: a where were you? post? :D11th-Mar-2012 06:53 pm (UTC)
Yup, you were right!! ^u^ I read your comment and was like 'This sounds almost like what we did in I-House...huh. I remember someone having a friend in Fukushima, too! I wonder if this is someone I know...' And whaddya know! What a neat little coincidence. x3
falling_cookie 11th-Mar-2012 01:34 am (UTC)
I can't even believe it's been a year. I remember being up late that night/ early morning and hearing about it on twitter while it was happening. It looked so scary. Keeping all of them still in my thoughts and prayers.
mrstaguchi100 11th-Mar-2012 01:47 am (UTC)
seeing sendai airport get washed away in minutes live on tv was the most stressful thing... and knowing you couldn't do much about it other than pray and start working out how much money you can donate towards the aftermath.
arashic5 11th-Mar-2012 02:15 am (UTC)
I remember my friend's dad who is Japanese saw the news on cabel, looking empty and could only say "my japan"
such a feeling of helplessness :(
dollfacesaori 11th-Mar-2012 02:58 am (UTC)
i woke up early that day, because i had to print out a homework, and in the computer, i suddenly saw everything talking about an earthquake in japan. i felt terrible, really, i had probably never felt so useless in my life! i had to to go school, but i couldn't concentrate on anything, wondering what was happening! when i came back and heard about the tsunami and everything, it was probably the most terrible feeling i ever had! and i couldn't get in touch with anyone i knew there!
twitter was a big mess, everyone was talking about it, and everyone was trying to find information!
that night i could barely sleep, i couldn't imagine what could be happening right now!
maybe people think it's strange, because i was on the other side of the world, but the earthquake and its consequences had a big impact on my life. i am very grateful because a friend that i cared about a lot was in the tsunami area, yet, after a few days, he could contact home and let us know he was alright. but sadly, that was just a lucky case.
tsu_ 11th-Mar-2012 03:01 am (UTC)
isn't the money for marching J being used on pandas and not really earthquake relief?
awkward_as_heck 11th-Mar-2012 03:47 am (UTC)
I was at the office at work when one of my co-workers suddenly put on the TV and we could see live footage. I live in Hokkaido and didn't feel a thing but my faccebook page was blowing up with news, tidbits and declarations of being safe. The phones were out so I had to Facebook PM all my relatives to call my parents. One of my cousins eventually called my Grandmother who shouted 'Earthquake, what the hell are you on about' before calling my parents to tell them I was okay.

My schools graduation was the next day. It was surreal. The after party was in a local cafe, behind the parition the owner was watching live news of the aftermath.

I get teary just thinking about it.
geekyoldme 11th-Mar-2012 11:06 am (UTC)
*hugs* I'm glad that you're alright.
geekyoldme 11th-Mar-2012 11:05 am (UTC)
It has been a year, keep getting stronger and keep building up Japan. RIP to those who have left, nobody could ever get over this tragedy easily.
b_akakame 11th-Mar-2012 11:19 am (UTC)
maybe I've missed too much but I thought they wanted to hold a special event once a month after 3/11 .__. But all I can think of in this case is the thing at yoyogi national gymnasium last April, then the baseball thing, Arashi's waku waku gakkou and now this? Despite from their donation boxes everywhere and the donation goods and such...
Anyway I really think it's awesome what they're doing and I'm actually really grateful for this!

And it's really been a year already... I remember lying under a sushi counter in Tokyo with my friend when the earthquake hit. We were too afraid to go back to our dorm the whole day and only realized what had happened when we read the worried Emails of our families. The week afterwards was pure hell actually and although I would like to forget everything, I have to admit that this hard time also had a bright side for me because I got to realize what real friendship meant and who I can totally rely on. <3 In addition to that the relation ship between my father and me became more than awesome afterwards .__."

But still my eyes are still teary when thinking about all of this ;__;
squallina 12th-Mar-2012 01:04 am (UTC)
They were selling videos on the J-web mobile site. Short ones where various Johnny's would read a famous poem/novel excerpt (at least that's what Arashi did.) You could buy them, download them and they would work for thirty days and all the proceeds went to earthquake relief.


I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one who feels this way. Living in Tokyo I feel so guilty for feeling so affected and upset by the earthquake, but we felt it too. We were affected by it too, and because of that everything feels more real and close to home for us. So I do feel bad for tearing up sometimes, because in truth I lost nothing in the quake (and I consider myself very lucky and am very thankful for that), but at the same time I see the damage and I'm moved to tears because I went through the same thing yet here I stand. I can't help but to feel so sorry and sad for the people who did lose lives, homes, and loved ones. Do you know what I'm trying to say? So hard to explain. (-_-; )
b_akakame 26th-Mar-2012 02:14 pm (UTC)
Aaah, I totally forgot about the videos!! Thanks a lot! :) Dunno why I always forget about them, though. Q___Q Anyway...

*hugs back*
Yeah, I sometimes feel like I shouldn't feel so affected by eveything that has happened. There were so many people who got it worse than us. (Seriously the only thing that happened in my room was a drawer that kinda opened itself and the TV being close to falling down. That's really nothing compared to what others went through!). But just... yeah seeing everything later on TV, talking to a lot of people who had family there and weren't able to contact them, not being able to contact anyone because suddenly the phone didn't work, going to the supermarket finding it almost empty and almost argue with Japanese people over the last bag of rice. It was just pretty much and it was hard for us as well.
It is very hard to explain but I totally understand what you're trying to say and I understand how you feel perfectly well!
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