When disaster struck, they organized charity concerts, auctioned off their gear, sold prayer bracelets, gamed for good and hosted benefit teas — so we expected to see mad Japan love from music’s biggest stars honoring the one-year anniversary of the devastating earthquake and tsunami.
Justin Timberlake, Gabe Saporta and Cyndi Lauper all took to Twitter to show their support for Japanese people, who are still struggling to recover from the unspeakable loss of an estimated 19,000 lives.
J.T. made sure we all knew the island nation was on his mind:
1 year later after the Tsunami and Earthquake...Japan...I'm still thinking of you. My heart goes out to you.— Justin Timberlake(@jtimberlake) March 11, 2012
While Cobra Starship’s irrepressible frontman Instagrammed his thoughts:
We love .日本大好き！ instagr.am/p/IECKszQ8Ii/— G.A.B.E. (@GabrielSaporta) March 12, 2012
Photo: (Gabe Saporta)
But it was Cyndi Lauper’s tweets and actions over this weekend that really captured the emotion and humanity of this heart-wrenching time of remembrance. Lauper literally landed in Japan on March 11, 2011 — the day the earthquake and tsunami struck — and instead of booking that first-class ticket back to safety, the brave songstress stayed to console the survivors with her music.
At 2:46pm Japan time is one yr exactly when the earth quake hit Japan. There is an international prayer at that time if you want to say a pr— Cyndi Lauper (@shebop_aka_cyn) March 11, 2012
Compassionate Cyndi arrived in Japan earlier this month to tour the ravaged region of Sendai (Northern Japan was the hardest hit by the waves of water), including a stop at an elementary school to donate cherry trees and play with the children:
On the way to Sendai yfrog.us/7fxvnz— Cyndi Lauper (@shebop_aka_cyn) March 5, 2012
And this was all before performing a charity concert that was broadcast for free to movie theaters in the most affected areas. Turns out this girl doesn’t just wanna have fun, she wants to help.
The Land of the Rising Sun still has a hard climb ahead of them — so join Justin, Gabe and Cyndi by taking Action to uplift Japan!
Donate to Architecture for Humanity's Japan Reconstruction Fund.
Join Ken Watanabe's efforts to restore his home country of Japan.