Any comments from Yu Na?
The first question that she was asked:
Q: Your feeling on returning to Korea?
Yuna: It's been eight months, so I am little nervous. In LA, I was preparing very hard for the World Championships. It's disappointing not to have the Championship and return to Korea as I really prepared hard for it, but at this point, my bigger wish is that there is no further harm in Japan.
And the last question that she was asked:
Q: Any words to the fans?
Yuna: I am sorry not being able to compete after so much expectation. I am disappointed that I cannot show the result of my preparation. But the situation in Japan is really difficult now, and it is not right to think about the competition first. I pray and hope that people in Japan do not suffer any more harm.
thanks, jaylee. I'm glad we'll see Yu-Na perform in Moscow now - so looking forward to it!
Mot, is there a way for people outside Japan to support this event? I used Google translator but don't find a working link.
Shizuka Arakawa visited temporary shelters for those who lost homes in Sendai. (news clip)
Although she now resides in Tokyo, she grew up in Sendai from the age of 2 till 18 when she left to go to the university in Tokyo. She is a local hero and well loved there. She brought with her some food, including chocolate for children, eye masks (to make it easier to sleep in the crowded shelters), shoes, etc.
Reaction from those visited;
'She's extremely beautiful and also a gold medallist. I was star-struck, but encouraged by her message.'
'I thought, time and again, I should persevere.'
'She gave me such a warm message that I felt calmer now than before.'
She also delivered the Japanese national flag, with signatures and messages from her fellow cast of Stockholm on Ice to the mayor of Sendai.
Bank Name: Minato Bank (SWIFT code: HSINJPJK) みなと銀行
Branch: Suma New Town Branch 須磨ニュータウン支店
Account Number: 1803527 普通口座 1803527
Name of account holder: Hyogo Skate Charity ヒョウゴスケートチャリティー
I however advise you NOT to make an international bank transfer, as you'd loose so much as transaction fee. If you know someone in Japan whom you can trust, it's best to send money to them (via Paypal, let's say, as their fee is pretty reasonable) and ask to donate on your behalf. I am going to ask my mum to do it for me.
Alternatively, they say money collected will be donated to Japan Red Cross via Japan Skating Federation, so you can cut the middle men and donate directly to the Red Cross in your country. I have made a donation to British Red Cross online, and I was able to attach a small message to my donation; so you can mention the charity show there to make it explicit.
Last edited by mot; 04-07-2011 at 07:58 AM.
Mot, thank you for that info. What do you think of sending the money directly to the Japanese Red Cross? I did contribute to the US Red Cross already (for that benefit last weekend in California) but the agency does not have the greatest reputation. It would be nice to eliminate that middleman too if possible. It looks as though I can do it via Paypal. What do you think?