My husband and I have family and friends in Japan and felt helpless not being able to come to their aid. We decided to invite people to form a Tsunami of Silence to support all of the people of Japan. We want the whole world to hear our silence.
Worldwide (PRWEB) March 18, 2011
“Tsunami of Silence” is initiating a worldwide call to respond to last week’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan with a demonstration of the power of human consciousness, love, and support.
The Tsunami of Silence will be seven minutes of complete technology silence on the first day of spring, Monday, March 21 @ 7:00-pm (19:00) in each time zone, creating a wave of silent meditation around the globe. Seven minutes of silent reflection and support for our Japanese brothers and sisters. Seven minutes of appreciation for loved ones. Seven minutes of thanksgiving.
The Tsunami of Silence will travel around the world starting at 7 pm at the international date line and move towards the west, showing 24-hours of support for tsunami victims and their families.
FROM THE SITE:
How to Participate in the Tsunami of Silence
On the first day of Spring, Monday, March 21, at 7:00 pm, dedicate seven minutes to silent contemplation alone or with friends. Turn off cell phones, computers, televisions, and radios.
This silence will be part of a worldwide movement. Every hour, the next time zone will participate, creating a real “Tsunami of Silence.”
What is Accomplished with the Tsunami of Silence?
People’s lives are filled with noise. How often is silence truly experienced? The world is watching Japan after this terrible disaster. The Japanese people are facing this incredible hardship with steadfast courage and determination. With our quiet contemplation, the “Tsunami of Silence” honors them and brings us together in a true worldwide wave of support and community.
Why the Tsunami of Silence?
The Japanese value the power of silence. Combining “tsunami,” which represents tremendous power, with “silence” forms a juxtaposition implying quietly powerful yet with great motion and impact, much like the Japanese people themselves.
Why Seven Minutes?
Seven is the universally lucky number. There are many terms that include the number 7: Seven wonders of the world, seven virtues, and the Seven Lucky Deities of Good Fortune (Shichi Fukujin) who travel around spreading happiness.
There is also the Japanese saying,“Nanakorobi yaoki” which literally means, “Stumbling seven times but recovering eight.”
Why does Japan need support?
Take a moment to look at the pictures. The magnitude 9.0 earthquake is one of the largest in recorded history. Entire towns filled with people were washed into the ocean by the tsunami that followed. Current estimates are that 100,000 children have been displaced from their homes, many left without parents. At the same time, they are experiencing one of the worst nuclear disasters in history.
What can be done?
Go to Tsunami of Silence and post recent news, information about loved ones, and words of support.
Share the Tsunami of Silence webpage with friends. Encourage friends to spread the wave of support around the world.
Join the Facebook and Twitter waves.
- Tweet “Honor #Japan join #TsunamiOfSilence” along with a link to our website
- Join the Facebook Event, “Tsunami of Silence.”
Participate in the event on Monday, March 21 at 7:00pm.
Contribute if possible.
- Instantly contribute $10 to Save the Children– Text JAPAN to 20222
- Instantly contribute $10 to the Red Cross– Text REDCROSS to 90999
- PayPal Donations for Japan– Make a Paypal donation to several non-profit organizations.
- Relief Organizations compiled by Reuters
Kimiko Kajikawa is the author of 11 children’s books including the award-winning book, Tsunami! She won the 2009 Christopher Award – an award given annually to film, television, and books that "affirm the highest values of the human spirit." She thanks her Japanese mother for “having the purest heart.” She says, “My husband and I have family and friends in Japan and felt helpless not being able to come to their aid. We decided to invite people to form a Tsunami of Silence to support all of the people of Japan. We want the whole world to hear our silence.”
Ted Inoué founded his first company, Universal Imaging Corporation, while a student at Cornell University and then moved right into a home energy consulting business before launching a soon-to-be startup. He believes the greatest gift you can give or receive is a belief in one’s self and thanks his Japanese father for imparting this belief system to him at an early age.
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