Japanese rock musician GACKT has taken the role to lead the “SHOW YOUR HEART” campaign to raise money in 130 different places accross Japan. He started at 5 PM on March 31st and is backed by the Nagoya JR train station.
One hundred fifty talents and athletes, as well as 5000 volunteers, have joined GACKT in this campaign to raise money for the Tohoku victims.
A very involved GACKT went out, bowed, and met with people on the street to raise money, and asked that people give their courage and strength to those in need. Many female fans of the singer stood in a long line with ¥1,000 bills and placed them in the donation box. GACKT shook each other their hands and gave his thanks as each one donated.
More than ¥170,000,000 (approx. $2,000,000 USD) was donated by enterprises and celebrities such as Noriko Fujiwara and Takahashi Hisanori.
Starting on April 3rd to the 4th, 10 countries will also participate in this venture. Volunteers from South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, America, Germany, Australia, and Singapore are among the countries.
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GACKT also revealed through his official Twitter that he would like to begin yet another project to show Japan that citizens all over the world care about Japan’s well-being.
“I have a new idea here. Would you try something else with me?”, he tweeted on March 29th. “I want messages from people all over the world. Please take a video of yourself and your message for ‘SHOW YOUR HEART!!!’ We want you to put the videos up on You Tube starting from the 31st. It will give courage to all people in the disaster areas.”
Fans of GACKT and other supporters are being asked to upload a video of themselves holding a piece of paper with “SHOW YOUR HEART” written on it, along with your own message and your current location.
Those who are unable to upload the videos to YouTube themselves can send it to GACKT directly, who will then post it for earthquake victims to view. Alternatively, fans can send a photo with a message and the name of their city and country to firstname.lastname@example.org. All photos received will be posted on the official website for viewing to encourage those who are currently struggling with the aftermath of the Tohoku earthquake.
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Sources: tokyohive 1 ~ tokyohive 2
GACKT's official twitter