Asphalt Gallery on the Gay Riviera
I posted earlier that, in addition to the Linden Relief Bear, I was sure there would be additional inworld opportunities to donate to organizations providing aid to the stricken in Japan. It didn't take a psychic to make that prediction of course. :) Allow me to mention two of the efforts I've visited recently.
My friend Jacks Rhys, a talented painter from Chicago (I don't know how I get so many talented artists on my friends list, I'm just glad I do) has dedicated the sales of all of the art in his Asphalt Galleries to the American Red Cross for Aid in Japan. All of it. This includes a limited edition piece pictured above which will only be on sale for the next two weeks. For my adult readers this is a must see.
A very successful fundraiser (certainly in terms of traffic) is the Pacific Crisis Fundraiser. Many many designers and shopkeepers have set up vendors with 50% - 100% of the proceeds going to Japan Relief. You will find a wide variety of quality items and a host of new retailers to add to future shopping expeditions.
If you have trouble getting in because the sim is full just keep trying. The wait will be well worth it. :)
I have to insert a teensy tiny vent here. I've seen comments in various social media locations along the lines of "gee that's awful but why should we care". I've also seen a post that said donations were only made to an organization with the "right" political/religious alignment and it was a kind of test because if the Japanese wouldn't accept it then they didn't deserve it.
I disagree with both positions but we all have our own biases. I will say that there are only two reasons to give which, in my opinion, matter worth a damn. The first is that there is a need. The second is that you can - and only if you can. Everything else is bullshit. If you feel that both requirements are met, please give to an organization that actually delivers aid. If for some reason Japan doesn't meet your "worthiness exam" well then there's still need in Haiti, ChristChurch, Queensland etc.
I spent a wonderful few hours on Japan Dream Kenjin. This is a remarkable build of a Japanese town and demonstrates the wonders of physical locations resulting from organic rather than planned growth. It's a delight to wander the streets and poke into the various buildings. Be patient though - it takes a while to rez. You will be rewarded by a fantastic experience if you do. My thanks to Jacks and Simon for insisting I visit. :)