Friday, March 25, 2011

Looking for pictures/Benefit Dance Event by Step Play

We are currently looking for pictures from 20th.
If you have some, please share them with us to tinyhandsbigloveATgmailDOTcom!

And those who have left your contact and have not heard from us.
So sorry.
We have sent out e-mails to report about 20th, but some of them are not quite readable..
We will try to fix it asap.

Meantime, we would like to announce some benefit events that are going on this weekend.

Steplay  are having a benefit dance event for the Earthquake and Tsunami relief.

Date: March 27 Sunday 8:30PM
Place: Ballet Arts (6th Floor)
130 west 56th street, 6 floor (Bet 6av and 7av)
Price:$15+ pay as you wish donation.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Final Report of March 20th.

Dear participants of the benefit concert on March 20th,

Thank you so much again for coming out to support the benefit concert
for the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami relief by Tinyhands' Big Love

Thanks to every single one of your help, we were able to collect
$4192.55 in total.
As of March 23 Wednesday, we successfully transfered all the money to
Medicins Sans Frontiers Japan (doctors without borders).

As we have said, we believe it is very crucial to continue our support
toward the cause as a long-term mission and we would like to hear your
honest feedback to make this project more sufficient and functional.
If you have any questions, or wish to participate as volunteers,
performers, or artists in the future, please feel free to reach us.

Also, please remember to check our facebook page
(  for more information about
on-going charity events in NYC and our next benefit event.

Deepest gratitude and much love,
Tiny Hands' Big Love Project







Tiny Hands' Big Love Project 一同

Monday, March 21, 2011

Thank you!

Thank you so much for coming out to support the benefit concert tonight.
We will make a report as soon as possible so please stay tuned.

For now, let us send you all our deepest gratitude and love.

Tiny hands' big love project.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

If you are underage and want to come support on 20th/ Other organization, Japanese Consulate Official donation

Hello there,

We just need to make important note about +21 policy.
Please make sure to bring your ID tomorrow.
Entire Lower East Side including The Living Room is very strict about this.

If you could come with your parent(s), you will be fine.
If not, we are really sorry for letting you know about this late.

However, you can still donate money through other organization.
Speaking of that, on the very bottom of this article, we would like to list some of the major organizations that are accpeting donation toward the Japan Earthquake relief.



1) Consulate of general Japan's information page (charity event info)

Also they are accepting donation directly at this point.
You can make donation through bank anywhere in the US.

2)NY cares for Japan.
(Portal site to list many of the charity events related the Japan Earthquake.)

3)Red Cross

4) Salvation Army

5) Japan Society

6)国境なき医師団日本支部 (Only Japanese page available)

And please let us know if you know more information resources for other organizations and causes.

Line up for 20th./musicians/artists

I would like to introduce a few more acts that will be performing on 20th.

Masami Morimoto is NY based-baritone. He is only one Japanese baritone in NY.
He has appeared on Mostly Mozart Festival, NY Philharmonic, American Symphony, Little Orchestra Society to name a few.
 Next one is Chiyong meets Frying Pan Mothers. They are collective of Ny based musicians who are actively performing on local music scene.  The singer/songwriter Chiyong is the Lead and sings R&B/Jazz/Pop. The following is the members: Etsuko (pf), Takuya Kuroda(Tr),  Jamaal Sawyer(sax), Soshi Uchida (bass), and Tomoaki Kanno (drums)

There are also few more visual artist joining us on Sunday.

This is happening with so many people's willingness to support Japan.
Two more days till Sunday.
Thank you so much.


もう一組この記事でご紹介したいのが、ローカルニューヨークで幅広く活躍しているミュージシャン達が集結したバンド、Chiyong meets Frying Pan Mothers。R&B/Jazz/POPを歌うシンガーソングライターのChiyong(チヨン)率いるFrying Pan Mothersのメンバーは、ジャズをベースにNY、ドイツ、日本で活躍中のトランペット奏者のTakuya Kuroda、アフロラテンで奏でるジャズピアニストのEtsuko、ジャズサックスのJamaal Sawyer、ネオブルース巻きのリーダーでもあるベーシストのSoshi Uchida、レッドライオンなどでレギュラー出演しているドラムのTomoaki Kanno。Chiyongのオリジナルを初め、ジャズやスタンダード楽曲をFrying Pan Mothersバージョンでアレンジするなど、どこか懐かしいけど新しい音を追求しつづけるバンド。

Sky Kimさん(絵画)

またSkyさんのご主人Peter C. Emerickさんも写真を提供してくださいます。


Friday, March 18, 2011

今回の国境なき医師団の支援について/About our support toward MSF Japan (doctors without borders in Japan)



As we mentioned earlier, we are planning to send our donation to MSF Japan, (Medecins Sans Frontiers a.k.a doctors without borders or 国境なき医師団)
I just have to make a note of their disclaimer that they ask to clarify on our page here.

While in some circumstances it is possible to have your gift directed toward a specific program or country,  such as Japan's earthquake, we ask that you contribute unrestricted funding.
By not restricting your contribution for a specific emergency or project,
you will enable us to allocate our resources more efficiently and where the need is greatest.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Important Updates: For minors who are planning to attend on 20th.

We have an important announcement regarding 20th.
As the venue has over 21 policy, please come with your parent(s) if you are underage and would like to come support.
Please be aware that the venue has given such a generous offer to give us this time in such a short time notice. We appreciate your understanding.

Another update is that there are two more vendors who are willing to donate their works.
One is Brown Rice Family's organic soap.
The band who is playing on 20th is also a wonderful soap maker.

Another one is Sky Kim. She is donating her drawings for the cause.

Also, we will start the art crafts sale around 5:30pm, so it will be good idea if you would like to browse these wondeful things without missing the performances.

That is it for now.
More to come later

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Update news of the vendors and performers and more for 3/20

We would like to thank all the performers and the vendors for their generous offer of their talent.

Especially, I would like to express sincere gratitude to the Venue The Living Room for offering its place in such a short notice for free.  

Also, JaNet, an NY-based NPO is now joining us as a co-host for this event. 
You can read who they are from the link below.

We have new vendors that are joining us for fundraising.
Makie, children clothes store, and Sei Mee Tea are donating their products  for sale.
All sales are going to donation.

As we are not solid organization yet but rather a collective of individuals who are sharing the same mission,
please be aware that we can only accept cash at this moment.  In that same reason, we cannot provide receipt either. Thank you so much for your understanding and patience.

Why don't I give a bit more detailed info for some of the performers who will be performing here?

Mitsuko Van Yoshitomi and Honomi Kuwana
Brown Rice Family
Mitsuko Van Yoshitomi  has been actively performing in NY since 2006.
For more info, please visit her website(Japanese available)

Brown Rice Family is a world freshest roots band who based in NY. They have been supporting the Haiti Earthquake as well.

And more info for other performers are coming up shortly.
Until then.

The best,
Yukiko Ishiwata



チャリティーセールへの物品寄付へは、子供服店のMakie,さん、お茶屋さんであるSei Mee Teaさんがそれぞれの商品を寄付をしてくださる運びになりました。


上の写真二つは、ダンサーである、Mitsuko Van Yoshitomi さんと、バンドBrown Rice Familyの皆さんです。mitsuko van さんは、2006年よりこちらで活躍し、マイケルジャクソン追悼イベントや、アポロシアターのアマチュアナイトに挑戦なさったり、幅広く踊りをなさってます。
brown rice family は、日本、アフリカ、ジャマイカ、ハイチなど様々なルーツのメンバーで構成されるワールドルーツバンドです。ハイチ地震の際もさかんにチャリティイベントに出演なさってました。


文責 石渡

Monday, March 14, 2011

Information for March 20 at The Living Room

So here is the detailed info about the first concert.

First, we are planning to send our profit from this concert to Medecins Sans Frontiers in Japan (国境なき医師団)
Please note that we will decide which organization we will donate each time we hold an event in the future.

March 20 Sunday
The Living Room
154 Ludlow Street, New York, NY 10002

Donation: Any amount you wish.
The most important thing is you come support us.

Our performance line up will be:
Krussia (Hip Hop/ human beat box)

Manami Morita Piano Trio (Jazz)

Chiyong meets Frying pan Mothers (Pop/ Jazz)

Brown Rice Family (World Roots music)

Masami Morimoto (Opera singer)

UE (yui) (Singer-Songwriter)

Mitsuko Van Yoshitomi (Dance)

Kashimi Asai with Dancers (Dance)

Step Play (Dance)

Also there will be art craft sale for fundraising at site.
Participants are:
Yoko Anderson (Jewelry Designer)
Ai Kitaya (Crafts/accessories/Tea)
Makie (Children Clothes)
Sei Mee Tea (Fine Japanese Tea)

All inquiry:
more info:

Tiny hands' big love project starts from here.

Hello My name is Yukiko Ishiwata. I am a founder of the Tiny Hands' Big Love Project.

Before we go on, I would like to cite my personal blog to express the Mission Statement of this project.

FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 2011
今のじぶんにできること- 3/20- A benefit Concert for the Victims of the Quake and Tsunami in Japan






3月20日日曜日夜6時から9時の間、NYCのThe Living Roomでチャリティコンサートを開きます。

Before Anything, my sincere prayers go to the victims and those who are still in terror.
It is still early to call the end. But I truly hope the casualties remain minimum.

It is so hard for me to be away from homeland, not being able to do anything.
I have never hated to be distant from my home like this before.
When my grandparents passed away, it was hard, but I was sort of preparing inside over time for the day it would happen.  This is different.

I know there are not much I can do even if I were in Japan.
But at least I could have held hands of my loved ones.
I just can't do that from here or fly home now.
But it won't do any good to anyone if I keep pacing and panicking.
We, who are safe across the ocean and the continent, gotta eat, sleep, and be ready to do what we can do from here.

What we can do. There might not be much if I were by myself.
But my hands are all open to reach out and hold those invisible hands.
Gotta use them. Along with people who share the thoughts.

I was once told that I am a hypocrite, trying to do these things.
The words have hurt me more than I thought and made my courage paralyzed for a quite while.
I did not want to speak out what I felt or take a responsibility.
But I wanna do whatever we can do because after all, I still believe it is better than just sitting around, criticizing others and doing nothing.
If I could have another person, or 10 people, 20 people, and so on, what we can do will be much more.

That is why I decided to host a benefit concert on March 20th Sunday from 6-9pm.
It will be at The Living Room in Lower East Side.
We have not decided where the profit will go yet, but as soon as we have more information, that should be sorted out.
I am still in the middle of putting everything together, but I think I will be able to post more detailed info by the beginning of the next week. Any support would be truly appreciated.
Normally I do not ask this kind of thing here but if this entry somehow reaches your heart, please share it with as many people as you would like to.
I will give an update the next week.

Thank you so much.
Much much Love and sincere gratitude,
Yukiko Ishiwata


We are going to have our first concert on 20th. Within a week from today.
I will be posting more detailed info and update from now on this page.
Please follow us here.

By the way, I name the project tiny hands' big love.
Our each hand is so small and we feel so powerless. but we could hold each other's hand and create big love altogether!

Yukiko Ishiwata