Novelist Haruki Murakami on April 19 announced the launch of a charity for victims of the earthquakes in Kumamoto and other areas of Kyushu in collaboration with a women's magazine.
The charity, called Crea Surume Kikin (fund) Kumamoto, is named after the magazine -- Crea -- and dried squid -- surume. This latter snack is often served with alcoholic drinks, and takes time to eat but releases more and more flavor the more one chews and sucks on it.
On the Crea website, Murakami called for donations, assuring readers that quake survivors will not be sent dried squid, but rather, the name is meant to represent the consistent and long-lasting assistance the charity aims to provide.
Murakami, 67, and photographer Kyoichi Tsuzuki were among those featured traveling to Kumamoto Prefecture in the magazine last year.
"I am worried about how the people I met on that trip have been impacted by the massive earthquake," Murakami commented on the website. "I'm filled with the desire to do something, anything, to help the people who have been affected."
Donations can be made to the Surume fund via deposits to Crea Surume Kikin Kumamoto Daihyo Matsuikiyondo's savings account no. 0123532 at The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Kojimachi Chuo Branch. How the money is used will be reported on the Crea website.
For more details, visit http://crea.bunshun.jp/articles/-/10400 (Japanese)