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03.13.11

Pray For Japan

Lifestyle > Japanese

By: Candice Kumai

We are all aware of the devastation that has hit Japan in these past few days. Mother Nature hit the land of the rising sun with every element she had: earth, water, wind, fire and even the unthinkable- nuclear explosions. Hearts ache all over the world. Prayers are being uttered from coast to coast while shock, awe, and panic begin to set in for many of us. It’s virtually paralyzing to see our friends and family in chaos and confusion, and sheer devastation.

There are few words that can even begin to console those in need of help or who have experienced loss. Loss of a home, loss of a community, and loss of loved ones we live each and every day for.

I cannot even begin to express my love for Japan. A country that I grew up visiting as a child. My mother’s entire family still resides there. It’s my heritage, my life, my heart.  As I panicked out here in NYC, my sister in London, my cousin, Mayu in Japan, and my friend Brit, in Hawaii ,all had to remind me that the best thing to do at this time is to allow the professionals to handle the situation and to do what we can to help raise funds for Japan’s recovery.

If you have not seen the startling images of this event please click here.

It’s unknown how and why Mother Nature goes about her destruction. We have seen so many countries in the same path: Indonesia, Haiti, most recently New Zealand and now Japan. Countries so far apart, countries of such diverse and rich culture, yet so similar when crying for help. Help, support, love… isn’t that what we live for?

I believe these traumatic events are Mother Nature’s way of rattling society. Her intense and destructive way of saying, “Wake up people!!!” Are these natural disasters  coincidental? Possibly. My thought is that they serve a greater purpose. To bring back the support, help, love…the rebuilding of a community as a whole.

In the end, we are all brothers and sisters. Regardless of out bloodline, heritage, religion, or race. All of that dissipates when a cry of help from one heart to another is heard. At the end of your 16-hour work day, take two seconds to text. Text REDCROSS to 90999 for a simple and painless $10 donation. OR text JAPAN to 50555 to give $10 thru Global Giving.

There is one thing that I know about Japan though. We are strong. We stand so tall and so proud of our nation, so proud of our heritage, so proud of our roots, our history. However there is one thing that’s certain. If Japan asks for help, it means we are surrendering to a stronger power we cannot combat on our own. In Japanese culture you do not ask for help, you do not give up, you do not surrender unless absolutely and vitally necessary. So in this instance, Japan is reaching out there is a white flag, a cry for help. The recovery efforts will take years to rebuild and decades to fade in memory…

Here’s some information from the Red Cross to create awareness and how you can help.

Some more information from our friends at Global Giving on how you can help.

Twitter #PrayforJapan @StilettoChef or email us at Team Stiletto Chef  by emailing us at info@StilettoChef.com for more updates, information on how you can help.

Also, feel free to email us if you’re interested in helping or attending the celebrity Chef Dinner event in NYC we will be hosting in May to raise funds for Japan’s rebuilding efforts.

So much love and hope xx Candice Kumai

Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.
— Princess Diana

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