Vancouverites’ generosity in times of crisis has never been more apparent than in the wake of the recent tragic earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The Vancouver Japanese Community Volunteers Association has set up a B.C. Japan Earthquake Relief Fund, while the popular chain of T&T and Osaka supermarkets will be setting up donation boxes at all their locations across Canada.
And now local Vancouver sushi restaurants are finding ways to aid Japanese earthquake relief, too, led by the stylish Miku Restaurant in downtown Vancouver.
As reported in the Vancouver Sun, Miku Restaurant—famous for its fresh ingredients, artful presentation and innovative cuisine—began its “every sip counts” campaign this week. “Every sip counts” is a Japan earthquake relief fundraiser that donates all proceeds from Miku’s house-made mineral water to the Canadian Red Cross. (Miku uses its own system to make the water; no bottles are imported.) Since Miku’s sparkling and still mineral water is $6 a bottle, the restaurant hopes to raise $7,000 over the next two months.
Miku isn’t the only Japanese restaurant contributing aid. Tojo’s—arguably Vancouver’s most acclaimed sushi restaurant and a celebrity favourite—set up a donation box (at the request of their regular customers) and raised $3,400 for the Red Cross as of Monday, March 14!
If you know of other local efforts to aid Japan earthquake relief and the Canadian Red Cross, please let us know in the comments.