As rescue and relief efforts continue on the ground in Japan, we’re seeing fundraising efforts get underway in the D.C. area. The Japan-America Society announced that it will aid the Red Cross by collecting donations from visitors and donating a percentage of the profits from the National Cherry Blossom Festival’s Sakura Matsuri street festival. Also, National Cherry Blossom Festival organizers are encouraging people to support Red Cross disaster relief through the festival’s Web site; a portion of the proceeds from an online auction will also go to the Red Cross. But other groups are holding fundraisers, too. We’ll update this list as we hear about more.
Every day, Kushi, the wildly popular Japanese restaurant and lounge near Mount Vernon Square, is donating 100 percent of the sales of its pork belly kushiyaki, the melt-in-your-mouth meat served on skewers, to the Japanese Red Cross.
The Japanese American Student Union, which represents Japanese students at local universities, is organizing a “Hope for Japan” fundraiser at Cafe Asia in Arlington from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday. The $5 admission charge and 10 percent of all food sales will be donated to the Japan Relief Project. At the event, guests can watch performances by Nen Daiko drummers, yosakoi dancers and traditional singers, create origami cranes that will be sent to Red Cross workers, and record messages of support on paper or video, which will be sent to Japan.
When an earthquake hit Haiti, longtime club promoter Primo Productions was one of the first nightlife groups to organize fundraisers for the American Red Cross. Primo is repeating its efforts Saturday at the weekly party at Muse Lounge. Here’s how it works: The group will donate $1 for each person who walks through the door and $2 per person if the crowd gets to 500. (So if 600 people show up, the group will donate $1,200.) You don’t even have to pay a cover to dance to Latin, house or old-school hip-hop music all night: Put your name on the guest list at www.primop.com, and you’ll also get free drinks from 10 to 11.
Updated 1:09 p.m.: On March 26, U Street Music Hall hosts a fundraiser featuring DJ Tittsworth. Admission is $10, and 100 percent of door proceeds will be donated to Red Cross relief efforts in Japan. Remember the club’s policy: This is an 18-and-over event, so those under 21 need to buy tickets in advance from www.ustreetmusichall.com.
Updated March 18 at 6 p.m.: Beginning March 18 and continuing through March 27, Buddha Bar will be collecting donations of basic items “such as bedding and clothing” to send to Japan (please note that food won’t be collected). The items should be dropped off during the restaurant/bar’s regular hours.