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Thinking of Japan

Mar 17, 2011

by muka handmade and vintage goods

Update: We at Etsy are pleased to be able to contribute approximately $6,000 to the International Rescue Committee from employee contributions and a company match. According to the IRC site the money will be distributed to three groups and used to: 1) fly in fuel, blankets, food and emergency items, 2) focus on relief for people with disabilities and the elderly, and 3) preparing hot meals at evacuation centers and distributing infant supplies.   We would also like to say thank you again to all the members of the Etsy community who are offering aid and assistance is many creative ways. 

Orignal Post: We have all been struck by the devastation of the earthquake and subsequent tsunami that affected Japan on March 11, 2011. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who has been, and continues to be, affected by the impact of these twin events.

The situation on the ground is still in flux and many people have been asking how they can help. This Forum announcement has some great suggestions and highlights two teams, Artist Aid and Etsians for Disaster Relief, that have organized to lend support. The Etsy Japan team also has several announcements on ways to help. For example, if you’re a seller donating proceeds of your sales to earthquake relief, tag the items “artistaid” or “joyforjapan.”

Here at Etsy, many employees have indicated a desire to help. Etsy will match employee donations with a company donation to the International Rescue Committee to support their Japanese relief efforts. Additionally, The Huffington Post has compiled a list of other well-known organizations that are assisting people on the ground in Japan.

On behalf of all the members of the Etsy community, thank you for your support of the Japanese people during this traumatic and difficult time. 


  • PeriDotbyDuni

    PeriDotbyDuni said 7 years ago

    Thank you for posting this. I'm attending a global healing for Japan event this Saturday, plus donating a portion of my sales for animal relief through IFAW

  • audreytolove

    audreytolove said 7 years ago

    Thanks for your article. It's really sad...

  • KawaiiSakuraJewelry

    KawaiiSakuraJewelry said 7 years ago

    I am an etsy seller donating a % of my etsy sales to Doctors With Out Borders :) My heart is so heavy for Japan sad :(

  • RandomSacksOfKindnes

    RandomSacksOfKindnes said 7 years ago

    Doom arigato gozaimasu.

  • mummyjo01

    mummyjo01 said 7 years ago

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Japan during this time of unimaginable fear, devastation and loss. The eyes of the world are crying with you, the arms of the world are around you, the hands of the world will help you rebuild. Love from Australia xx

  • RandomSacksOfKindnes

    RandomSacksOfKindnes said 7 years ago

    Domo arigato gozaimasu. That silly spell check. Really. Thank you very much.

  • GloryBDesign

    GloryBDesign said 7 years ago

    Thank you for posting this! I'm so proud to be part of the Etsy community. It does my heart good to see how everyone pulls together to help in a time of crisis and pain.

  • blueroompottery

    blueroompottery said 7 years ago

    Tthank you for posting this. I am also a seller who is donating to Doctors without Border. I have already made a few small donations, it's the least I can do! I have lived through a big earthquake in my childhood in Greece and I know how devastating and scary it can be, although in this case it's so much more! Oh, I am so sad!! Love from Minnesota, USA xox

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 7 years ago

    Good luck to the potters of Japan! Its a great thing to be able to reach out to other people on the other side of the world during their time of need.

  • whiletheyplay

    whiletheyplay said 7 years ago

    This is such a wonderful way to support the effort, Etsy! Wonderful work, everyone. It's a joy to behold such big hearts. <3

  • yutopian

    yutopian said 7 years ago

    Thank you for posting this! All Japanese are depressed with terrible earthquakes and Tsunami. But at the same time, we can feel hopes with your kind words and heart-touching actions. We are deeply grateful to you for being with us.

  • VintageEye

    VintageEye said 7 years ago

    Thanks for providing links to this wonderful information. Our hearts so out to all those effected.

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat said 7 years ago

    The devastation in Japan is beyond comprehension. To lose your own home & belongings is bad enough, but to look over your neighbourhood & see nothing recognisable must be numbing. I already regularly donate to IFAW & Doctors Without Borders, but a catastrophe of this magnitude needs something more. It's great to see the Etsy community rallying round to do what we can... if every Etsy member donated just $5 think what a difference we could make!

  • architette

    architette said 7 years ago

    All of my Japanese ancestors came from (and still live in) Sendai, Japan... one of the hardest hit cities... thankfully, our extended family all made it out alive. My heart breaks that I will never be able to know the city as my grandma knew it growing up. I am happy to help in donations in the only way I know how at the moment... through art. Thank you for posting. <3

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 7 years ago

    Thanks so much this importante post! I have lived through a big earthquake too , words is not enough !

  • makeawishaz

    makeawishaz said 7 years ago

    I'm making Origami paper crane earrings for donation. I'm from Japan and hometown is not that far from Nuclear Plant which leaking right now...I have lots of friends living there...Every single news make my heart acke... I'll donate full amount of money to Japanese donation organization. Thank you so much, I'll tell my friends about lots of peaople are praying for us! Thank you! Thank you!! Thank you!!!

  • Waterrose

    Waterrose said 7 years ago

    Thank you for providing this information. It is always difficult to make a choice on how to help and it's always good to find trustworthy ways to do so. My heart truly goes out to everyone in Japan.

  • WhisperingOak

    WhisperingOak said 7 years ago

    Thank you for the article and listing links to help. Our prayers are with Japan.

  • HilaBinyamin

    HilaBinyamin said 7 years ago

    Gambate with your help! Domo arigato gozaimasu for the links! I used to live in Japan and my heart is with my Japanese family and all of the Japanese people. So sad...

  • annieWHERE

    annieWHERE said 7 years ago

    Thank you so much for this post and the information. I am grateful for the opportunity to help with donations. My heart and healing thoughts go to people of Japan.

  • FluffyFlowers

    FluffyFlowers said 7 years ago

    sent cash directly to the american red cross via paypal

  • cocorosecouture

    cocorosecouture said 7 years ago

    yay I'm glad that something was decided for tagging items

  • AutumnLeavesJewelry

    AutumnLeavesJewelry said 7 years ago

    wonderful, whew...i've just added an item and need to contact these groups, thanks so much!

  • AsLuckWouldHaveIt

    AsLuckWouldHaveIt said 7 years ago

    Thank you for this! I've been thinking about what I can do to help!

  • sharonclancydesigns

    sharonclancydesigns said 7 years ago

    Thanks for posting this, the tags will help. My heart goes out to all those affected by this disaster. Love to you Japan.

  • Noaki

    Noaki said 7 years ago

    thanks for posting this...we've been quite worried about my mother's entire family who still live in japan.

  • GalleryJuana

    GalleryJuana said 7 years ago

    Thanks for posting the huffington post link and etsy links.

  • studiocvh

    studiocvh said 7 years ago

    Thank you for this post... Through April 30th, 100% of net proceeds from my shop sales will be donated to the Japanese Red Cross to aid victims of the massive disasters in Japan. Any and all purchases qualify. Thank you.

  • Hanacakes

    Hanacakes said 7 years ago

    Thank You! The extra links are a big help to finding out more infomation on the tragic event. We love you Japan. Gambatte!

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 7 years ago

    Still waiting to hear from friends. Thanks for this post.

  • RetroNaNa

    RetroNaNa said 7 years ago

    Thanks for doing something.. I am so sad to even really work... Japan BE STRONG! In my thoughts always..

  • EuropeForCharity

    EuropeForCharity said 7 years ago

    Wonderful initiatives. Right now, our shop is dedicated for Japan relief as well. We would appreciate if you could mention that in the post as well. Etsy members rock big time.

  • BlackPumpkin

    BlackPumpkin said 7 years ago

    Thank you! Really helpful for those who don't know where to send the money, yet. I have two listed items for Japan. 50% will go for aid.

  • TheFeltElf

    TheFeltElf said 7 years ago

    Thank you for the post, I lived in Japan for close to 9 years and it's hard to see them suffer like this. I'm also donating 50% of all sales. 日本ã®çš†ã•ã‚“é ‘å¼µã£ã¦

  • oktak

    oktak said 7 years ago

    Thank you for this - wanted to know what tags to use. Doing all I can to help everyone back home!!

  • EatGreen

    EatGreen said 7 years ago

    Thank you for this. 20% of all my sales: For the month of March & April I'll be donating 20% of the proceeds of my etsy store to relief efforts. 10% to animal relief efforts (American Humane Association) and 10% to human relief efforts (AmeriCares). I will send you a recipt so you know I have donated.

  • martinrebello

    martinrebello said 7 years ago

    Thanks for this. I am also trying to help with my greeting cards. Our prayers are with you Japan!!

  • monasbox

    monasbox said 7 years ago

    Arigato for your help. As a member of the artist aid team we have worked together for proceeds to go to japan. Here is a link to my shop section for all items that have either all or some proceeds to Japan.

  • martora

    martora said 7 years ago

    I also want to help. 50% of all shop sales from March 15-31 will be donated to the Red Cross to help those affected by the earthquake in Japan and tsunami throughout the Pacific.

  • toriska

    toriska said 7 years ago

    Thanks for helping us know how to help!

  • WoodlandBelle

    WoodlandBelle said 7 years ago

    Yes, the Etsy community is superb; it's wonderful to see so many artists embrace those who need assistance in Japan. Woodland Belle is also supporting the relief effort through prayer and financial assistance.

  • KarKarStyle

    KarKarStyle said 7 years ago

    Thanks so much for posting...I'm japanese(live in italy)...believing Japan get well soon coz they are strong and especially thanks to help and pray from all over the world...and now Japan is showing to the world "big problem " of energy systems...etc...

  • LightMosaics

    LightMosaics said 7 years ago

    Thank you for this post. I am donating 30% of my sales to Redcross.

  • maclancy

    maclancy said 7 years ago

    thanks for the post and efforts! I am donating a percentage of sales on my Japanese photographs. Lets all do what we can. Power in numbers. Thank you again for supporting this effort.

  • auntjanecan

    auntjanecan said 7 years ago

    Thank you for posting this and helping. All our hearts go out to Japan.

  • empapers

    empapers said 7 years ago

    Thanks for this. Needless to say this whole thing is heartbreaking.

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy said 7 years ago

    the magnitude of the loss in unfathomable. thanks for the post.

  • zakkaArt

    zakkaArt said 7 years ago

    This post means so much to all who wants to help. Thank you. I'll be donating all sales from iPhone/iPod sleeves to Red Cross Organisation. Pls help if you can. All the love & sincerity from your heart will reach to those in need. Support other artists organizing Japan Quake Relief too.

  • ruthiebell

    ruthiebell said 7 years ago

    It's hard to even imagine what they are going through.

  • adix1977

    adix1977 said 7 years ago

    My heart goes out to the people of Japan.... Thanks for the post... Love From India ... xoxoxo

  • Vanessa Admin

    Vanessa said 7 years ago

    I donated. So sad.

  • McIsaacArt

    McIsaacArt said 7 years ago

    Me too donated, prayers for Japan. I must add I am so inspired by the Japanese nation how civilized they are and how they are dealing with this horrendous situation. What an example they are teaching us all, and I do sincerely hope we learn from them about respect and strength.

  • EmeraldCut

    EmeraldCut said 7 years ago

    Thank you for this information. I have 9 items for sale, where 100% off the proceeds will be donated to aid in relief efforts in Japan. I will tag them now.

  • MelissaBeeArtDenver

    MelissaBeeArtDenver said 7 years ago

    I will be donating 50% of my sales from my paintings to the Japan Earthquake Animal Relief and the American Red Cross.

  • hannahchristie

    hannahchristie said 7 years ago

    I have some Japanese inspired lamps ....and I will donate all the profit to the Red Cross Japan for next few weeks.

  • hannahchristie

    hannahchristie said 7 years ago

    I have some Japanese inspired lamps ....and I will donate all the profit to the Red Cross Japan for next few weeks.

  • paulahiga

    paulahiga said 7 years ago

    So glad we still have people in this world who cares for other. My heart is with them.

  • girlgrown

    girlgrown said 7 years ago

    I am donating 30% of profit of any original painting towards relief for Japan. All of us need to give love and physical help to Japan.

  • KisforCalligraphy

    KisforCalligraphy said 7 years ago

    the awesome has donated 400% of sales plus will be matched up to $1,000. Now that is pretty darn awesome for one shop to raise! I plan on supporting Rigel's efforts!

  • relique2009

    relique2009 said 7 years ago

    Having just been through two major earthquakes in New Zealand (even though ours pales in comparison), my heart just aches to think what the people of Japan are going through. My prayers and thoughts are with them.

  • thispapership

    thispapership said 7 years ago

    Thanks for using our illustration! We've had wonderful responses and we're honored. We've donated almost $300 to the American Red Cross for Japan so far!

  • earthgrowncrayons

    earthgrowncrayons said 7 years ago

    Thanks This Paper Ship! My hearts is in Japan.

  • MaskedRabbitCrafts

    MaskedRabbitCrafts said 7 years ago

    Amazing stuff. It makes my listing look so silly but I'm gonna add it anyway just because I wanna help too! 80% of profits from this price will go to the Red Cross. Bless you all for helping Japan! <3

  • RiverBazaar

    RiverBazaar said 7 years ago

    Thank you for letting Etsians know how they can assist Japan thru Etsy and other sites. Everything helps. I have some vintage items that were made in Japan that I will donate half of the listing price to aid Japan thru Doctors without Borders and an animal rescue group. Look at the Japan Relief section or tags.

  • hopee

    hopee said 7 years ago

    Very Awesome. Gonna go shopping now and spread the word!

  • scarletbegonia11

    scarletbegonia11 said 7 years ago

    ♡ and positive vibrations to all those in Japan.

  • contaminate

    contaminate said 7 years ago

    great post!

  • TheartofCarolyn

    TheartofCarolyn said 7 years ago

    The photo is such a beautiful tridute to our Japanese neighbors. Thank you Etsy for supporting this cause.

  • PRPsTreasurLighthous

    PRPsTreasurLighthous said 7 years ago

    I am so sorry for Japan folks with that triple disaster. My prayers and thoughts are with Japan folk, alive and lost people :`(

  • VivienPollackDesign

    VivienPollackDesign said 7 years ago 100% going to japan relief of sale of this red /back scarf

  • ViaGioia

    ViaGioia said 7 years ago

    I am buying all my birthday and Christmas gifts from those donating profits for Japan. I am also spreading this idea and etsy's web site to friends. For those w/contacts in Japan, please tell them that people all over the world are helping in different ways. We care. Japan is not alone.

  • RockArtiste

    RockArtiste said 7 years ago

    I started donating the day the quake hit. It is always nice to be able to help others in their time of need and if my gift of art will help humans and animals alike, then that is what I live to create for! Thanks Etsy for the locations to send our donations.

  • MaddLibb

    MaddLibb said 7 years ago

    My heart bleeds for Japan. I feel paralyzed because I can't help. I've donated money to the Red Cross & Humane Association for the relief efforts but want to do more. The Japanese people have been so brave & calm throughout this entire situation. They've shown the rest of the world how to cope & unite together during a time of crisis w/ kindness & courage. WE LOVE YOU JAPAN!!!!!!

  • HibouCards

    HibouCards said 7 years ago

    I am donating all the proceeds of these two sales to the Japan relief fund via Global Giving. Thanks for your much needed help! My heart goes to Japan Hibou

  • astoreth

    astoreth said 7 years ago

    Thank you so much for promoting this! I am donating all of the proceeds of the sale of this painting here: Much love for Japan!

  • LeapfrogLane

    LeapfrogLane said 7 years ago

    It's so heartwarming to see the etsy community come together like this. Thanks for the information on tagging. I plan to add another listing this weekend. Every small bit helps, right?!

  • RikiCraft

    RikiCraft said 7 years ago

    Thank you ã‚ã‚ŠãŒã¨ã† to everyone for all your messages and support.

  • AuraeSilverJewelry

    AuraeSilverJewelry said 7 years ago

    My heart is with Japan~ <3

  • CreationsForJason

    CreationsForJason said 7 years ago

    My heart goes out to the people of Japan. I am so moved by the way the people there have just picked up and started doing for themselves!! I saw on the news where the people are gathering bamboo, making chop stiks, baskets....I have just started my shop and waiting patiently on some sales--have lots of visits,but no sales as of yet. I want desperately to help,so for every crib bedding set that sells, I will give 50% of that. All other items, I will give 25%. So come on and help me to help Japan!! My love and prayers go out to all the families in Japan!!!!

  • jenAitchison

    jenAitchison said 7 years ago

    I joined the artistaid group with both of my shops. It means so much to me to have a way to give. Just another way that the Etsy community rocks. :D

  • bedouin

    bedouin said 7 years ago

    The awareness and efforts to help others give makes me so proud to be an etsy seller. My hearts go out to the people in Japan and their families around the world touched.

  • CirclePrints

    CirclePrints said 7 years ago

    Every little bit helps, we really believe that... We designed 3 art prints to contribute to the Japan relief fund: All proceeds from the sale of these prints will go to the Japan relief fund via the American Red Cross. Let's all help in our own little way!

  • rubysgirls

    rubysgirls said 7 years ago

    Hello Everyone, We will be donating 100% of our proceeds for the month of March to the American Red Cross to help our Japanese friends.

  • Homako

    Homako said 7 years ago

    Hi everyone! I was visiting my family and friends in Japan when earthquake happened. It was really scary and a terrible experience in my life. I came back to the states few days ago with a lot of tears. I decided to donate 10% of my sales to japanese red cross. Thank you so much for writing this article!

  • littlededgrrl

    littlededgrrl said 7 years ago

    I just found this! New to ETSY, I am still finding my way around the community. I too am planning to donate a percentage to help Japan's people in this time of incredible hardship. Thank you for this article, it is good to know people are out there that want to help their fellow man.

  • graciebeal

    graciebeal said 7 years ago

    this was a great, great article. short and sweet. it makes me that much happier that i'm on etsy and not some cold corporate site. i'm planning to donate half of all my proceeds this month to the japanese red cross in their time of need. thank you etsy, for providing all of us with the experience to help the japanese people in our own little way.

  • mfoxley

    mfoxley said 7 years ago

    My thoughts and prayers go out to Japan, What a terrrible terrible thing to have happened...

  • yenpaintings

    yenpaintings said 7 years ago

    Coming from Asia, I had thought Japan would be able to cope initially. But seeing the heartbreaking news everyday, I have decided to donate personally to World Vision Singapore for Japan disaster relief as well as contribute 50% proceeds for my shop for the period16mar-3apr. I have also created a treasury for other contributing artisans: Let's all pray for Japan, esp those still awaiting aid to reach them and those sacrificing their lives to fight the nuclear crisis..


    LANCERIKA said 7 years ago

    This is so amazing to see, people reaching out in many little ways to ease Japan's tragedy, mercy Etsy for this very kind effort (*_*)

  • HopeInSite

    HopeInSite said 7 years ago

    I have two lovely friends that have family in Japan. My heart is heavy for them and all families who have shown such strength in the midst of a natural horror. As a California resident I can only think, "There but for the grace of God go I"... We are all in this together! We are all heavy in hopes and prayers for you Japan!! Hold on and Stay strong!

  • keikosdesign

    keikosdesign said 7 years ago

    Thank you Etsy and Etsy members for supporting people in Japan! I am from Japan and now more than ever I feel so proud to be a part of the Etsy team. ã‚ã‚ŠãŒã¨ã†ã”ã–ã„ã¾ã™ - Arigatou Gozaimasu.

  • APlaceOfMerit

    APlaceOfMerit said 7 years ago

    Thank you for this post . I will be happy to join this project.

  • ionesAttic

    ionesAttic said 7 years ago

    we are on board! 20% all shop proceeds are being donationed to Miharu, Japan more here:

  • ionesAttic

    ionesAttic said 7 years ago

    we are on board! 20% all shop proceeds are being donationed to Miharu, Japan more here:

  • myjewelrycloset

    myjewelrycloset said 7 years ago

    these are some of the artists who are on board too,kudos to galejade and AlbitasDesigns who help curated the treasury for japan relief!

  • FeltInLove

    FeltInLove said 7 years ago

    20% of my sales from March 21, 2011 to April 30, 2011 will go to Canada Red Cross for Japan Relief shop more, help more, and spread our love! Thank you for your help!

  • SomethingBeadyful

    SomethingBeadyful said 7 years ago

    I am in Osaka Japan right now and it's amazing to see how the Japanese try to help each other in this time of need. Students go out on the streets to seek donations even if it's already their vacation and establishments also give a portion of their sales to raise funds. While here, I have also made my donations..such a beautiful country with beautiful people.

  • foreveryouandme

    foreveryouandme said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the wonderful info. I will be donating a portion of my sales to the Japanese relief fund.

  • KitKatCabaret

    KitKatCabaret said 7 years ago

    Proceeds from my shops will be given to Charities to Support Japan Tsunami Victims artisans from Etsy care so much for Culturally Rich Japan ~ Our hearts Fly upon Silver Wings to Japan

  • moxiemk1 Admin

    moxiemk1 said 7 years ago

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Japanese affected and to all in need.

  • precioussadies

    precioussadies said 7 years ago

    I am commited to donating 100% of net profits to Japan, via Canadian Red Cross, until June. As I don't want to forget about the struggles they are going through, and donations usually die down, once it become old news.

  • HoneysHive

    HoneysHive said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the tagging tips. Through the month of March, 70% of all sales in my shop will go to Japan relief efforts. Glad to see so many people helping out!

  • roagui

    roagui said 7 years ago

    here's mine!.. come visit my shop!

  • qipapers

    qipapers said 7 years ago

    Thanks for posting and all the ways to help Japan with artwork. I'll have some Year of the Rabbit prints up soon and their sales will go to help Japan. <3

  • mafie999

    mafie999 said 7 years ago

    thanks for the posting. My prayers have been with the people in Japan. 60% of my April sales will go to help Japan.

  • lovahandmade

    lovahandmade said 7 years ago

    I created a limited edition badge to help support relief efforts in Japan. 100% of the sale of these Japan pins will be donated to relief groups!

  • flowerparty

    flowerparty said 7 years ago

    thank you for posting this. From Japan, have family in Japan, its nice to know people around world care about us... wishing fast recovery of Japan...

  • CashmereJewels

    CashmereJewels said 7 years ago

    thank you, i have deep respect for Japanese people and culture. Will be featuring items in my shop to raise money for donation.

  • thedoggiehouse

    thedoggiehouse said 7 years ago

    We are Making Donations with our pet dresses to the Japan rescue animals

  • MelissaBeeArtDenver

    MelissaBeeArtDenver said 7 years ago

    I am donating 50% of my painting sales to the Japan Animal Earthquake Relief Fund, I have extended this through April. Shipping to USA is free. Thanks to those who are helping Japan!

  • melange4you

    melange4you said 7 years ago

    Looks great.......thank you...

  • celestialkeepsakes

    celestialkeepsakes said 7 years ago

    Thank you for this post and caring about the people in Japan, my home country. I'm donating 100% profit of my angel earrings to Japan tsunami and earthquake relief fund as well as 10% from the sale of other items untill further notice. Free US shipping and organza bag for every order.

  • Qminime

    Qminime said 7 years ago


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