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Drinking tea, buying art for Japan

People drink tea at a shelter in Yamada, Japan on March 16, 2011. STR/AFP/GETTY IMAGES.

An event next week will bring together musicians, artists and poets to raise money for the people left homeless and in crisis since the earthquake and tsunami in Japan almost two weeks ago.

Curator Rafi Ghanaghounian and artist Daisuke Takeya have planned a unique affair for next Tuesday with a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, a live-action choir, donated art and dance.

“The Toronto arts community felt the shock much like everyone else when images first started to appear on the news and stories through friends started to come in,” Ghanaghounian said in a press release.

Many of the artists volunteering their time and works – including celebrated OCAD grad Nicholas Di Genova – are from Japan, have traveled there, or draw influences from the culture.

Ashita: Artists for Japan takes place on Tuesday, March 29 from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the Great Hall at 1087 Queen St. W. The minimum donation is $10 ($5 for students with ID) with all funds going to the Canadian Red Cross through the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre’s relief fund.

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