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For Japan, this Saturday

The tragedy in Japan happened over a month ago, but the Japanese continue to live with the consequences every day. As of April 18, the powerful quake, tsunami and nuclear crisis have left more than 14,000 missing and 160,000 people living temporary shelters.

Because we all live in one world, Poketo’s sharing some cool stuff to benefit Japan in–not just one–but two (!) fundraising events, both happening this Saturday. If you’re in Venice or Hollywood, please do stop by.

To Japan, From LA with Love at Space15Twenty

“To Japan, From LA with Love,” is a “coming together of the Los Angeles community to celebrate the beauty of Japanese Culture and raise money to help rebuild through art, music and generosity of spirit.” The event will be at Space15Twenty, where “Los Angeles, I’m Yours” was held almost a year ago. (Missed it by a day!)

Works from some awesome people (Ashkahn, Chris Bettig, Florencio Zavala, Gary Baseman, Gina Osterloh, Katsuo Design, Kozyndan, Marc Atlan, Mel Kadel, Saelee Oh, Travis Millard, Little Paper Planes, Busy Being… whew, running out of breath!) will also be up for grabs.

Space15Twenty is on 1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd. The benefit party runs from 7 to 10 pm and includes an art auction, pop-up shop and raffle.

Poketo and OK store at Tortoise

All this month, Tortoise has set up a series of Japan Relief events. Proceeds from their event go to building Japanese architect Shigeru Ban’s temporary quake shelters. Ban and his team are building temporary partitions using his recycled cardboard tubes, which give evacuees a sense of privacy in the crammed school gymnasiums or community centers they now call home.

Tortoise is on 1208 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice.

Here are some cool things you might find at the pop-ups.


Meet Doug, Janet, Claire and Perry–the Middletons–melamine plates who each bring a little special something to this family of tableware.


This little planner gobbles up your to-dos and weekly plans in one fell swoop. Designed by PCP (who also made these awesome designs for us), the Digest Your Life planner is printed with soy ink on 100 percent recycled paper.


Notefolios are what you get when you mix a portfolio with a notebook. Write down your important notes, but keep track of all those papers and receipts you always seem to lose along the way.


There’s a story waiting to happen with this wallet on the far right, says Jeremyville. What it is, we’ll all have to wait to find out. Perhaps you can make your own story happen in “the so far away.”

Made through a collaboration between Hideyasu Moto and Maho Shimao, these wallets are reminiscent of a simpler time in our lives, filled with cartoons, mushrooms, stars, rainbows and yes, an occasional lemon.


This colorful tote first came into the world as street banners. Upcycled for a second (for fashionable) life, the Street Banner bags are a colorful stand against waste.

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