I love Japan auction
Raise cash and enjoy a good book for youngsters at the same time
I love Japan is a new children's book, created by Hongkongers for the kids who were affected by the devastating earthquake in Japan. Put together by a team of 24 international designers and artists, the activity and colouring book is for the children of Fukushima Province – 'to put a little smile on their faces', say the team. It's a book 'to be creative with, to draw in, to cut out, to colour in or to simply enjoy', say the authors.
A total of 1,000 copies of this creative 48-page book will be donated to the children of Japan who were affected by the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. To cover the costs, the books are being sold to the public. For each sold book, the team sends one to a child in Japan. One book costs $100, says project founder Liina Klauss, an illustrator from Hong Kong. In 2011 she raised awareness and money for Japan by printing ‘I love Japan’ T-shirts, but for the I love Japan book she teamed up with Anna Dabrowski, a graphic and product designer from Berlin, who is responsible for the book design.
An art auction of original illustrations from the book takes place on Thursday March 29, between 6pm and 9pm, with the auction itself kicking off at 7.30pm. It will be at ilivetomorrow Gallery, 45 Tung Street, Sheung Wan. There are original illustrations up for grabs by Hong Kong's Harry Harrison, Mei Yan Jane Lee and Liina Klauss, as well as Ann Cathrin Raab (Germany) and Yui Kato (Japan). There is also a book signing session on the menu. All money raised will go to Ashinaga, a charity organisation which provides funds for the education of Japanese children orphaned as a result of the earthquake. So get on down there!