On March 11, 2011 an 8.9 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Sendai hit Japan, resulting in a devastating tsunami. Although most of these unforeseen acts of nature have passed, Japan is left with the massive task of sifting through unimaginable ruin and sheer wreckage. Japan needs all the help they can get right now.
The Song for Japan project is a grassroots movement dedicated to raising awareness while spreading a message of hope and love in support of those who desperately need our help. Please join this movement by downloading the special version of The Beatles classic, "In My Life" by Jon Levy on iTunes. Help spread the message by sharing the song and video via your favorite social networking sites or by forwarding the link through e-mail. Proceeds from your iTunes purchase will go to the Tsunami/Earthquake relief effort in Japan.
In addition to being able to support Japan through the song "In My Life" on iTunes, you may also contribute by supporting and spreading our message of unity, sacrifice and unconditional love. Many of us have families and friends directly affected by this tragedy. As a human race, we are all affected. In times such as these, we must forget about our own needs for a moment and put the needs of others first. The acronym, F.A.M.I.L.Y.® stands for "Forget About Me, I Love You®" Being a part of a family means we are called to sacrifice for others and show selflessness and unconditional love. Right now, thousands of miles away, Japan and all of its tsunami and earthquake victims are in need of our love and support. Everyone is a part of a family, and right now Japan needs us to reach out to them as their family.
By ordering a F.A.M.I.L.Y.® wristband through Song for Japan, you join the movement and continue spreading the message of selfless love. Proceeds go to the Tsunami/Earthquake relief effort in Japan. Don't forget that you can also download the song on iTunes in an effort to spread the message of F.A.M.I.L.Y.®
In early 2009, Jon Levy and Kazumi Shimokawa met briefly for the first time in Boston. It wasn't until the winter of 2010 when their paths would cross in Kyoto, Japan while Kazumi was sightseeing in Jon's hometown. As some things in life are just meant to be, Jon happened to arrive in Los Angeles just days before the tragic events of March 11th while Kazumi actually moved to Los Angeles weeks before.
Naturally, Jon and Kazumi were in contact the night of the earthquake, which led to the start of the Song for Japan project.
Kazumi was born and raised in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts; a suburb 40 miles outside Boston. His family had moved from Japan for his father's work. He grew up speaking Japanese and learned English at school and with his friends. Kazumi and his sisters attended Japanese school each week to further their Japanese language skills. He visits Japan frequently and absolutely loves it every time. He is grateful for his multicultural upbringing and is very proud to be a Japanese American.
The recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan has had a very strong impact on Kazumi as he has many family and friends living through it. He speaks often of how horrifying it was for him to watch the destruction through live streams on the Internet, and he could only imagine what the people in Japan were experiencing. He desperately wanted to help Japan, so he turned to the power of music - the universal language - to try to give people hope and remind them that the whole world is sympathetic and standing united with Japan.
Jon Levy was born and raised in Kyoto, Japan. His parents are originally from Australia and New Zealand, so he carries dual citizenship from both countries. Growing up in Japan, a country and culture so different from his parents, Jon adopted many of the Japanese customs, which to this day are still very much a part of him. Jon attended International schools in Japan and was exposed to a melting pot of cultures and customs. He values his time in Japan and feels blessed to have had the privilege to grow up in such a beautiful city and amazing country. Jon's parents still reside in Japan where he frequents his hometown of Kyoto.
For Jon, Japan is and will always be "home." Although Jon has lived in the U.S. for the past 5 years, Japan will always hold a special place in his heart. He may not look Japanese, but Jon feels a very strong connection to the country he was raised in. To see the Japanese people go through such a tragedy has been a very heartbreaking experience. Jon is proud to call Japan home, and is in awe of how strong and resilient the Japanese remain.