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The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt: The Biggest Ever Easter Egg Hunt

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ある日、リージェント・ストリート近くでショーケースに入った大きな卵を見かけた。これは、「 Action for Children 」と「Elephant Family」という二つのチャリティ団体のための募金キャンペーン「The Big Egg Hunt / Faberge Big Egg Hunt」(スポンサーは宝石店のFaberge / ファベルジェ)の一環で、ロンドン各地に隠された200以上の巨大卵の一つ。ファイバーグラスで出来た高さ1mのこれらの卵は、アーティストやデザイナー、建築家、宝石細工人によって彩られた(卵のリスト)。

2010年のElephant Paradeに続き、カミラ夫人 (コーンウォール公爵夫人)の息子でフード・ライターの Tom Parker Bowles(トム・パーカー・ボウルズ)が、2011年11月にセレブリティが出席する「Eggs Faberge」スペシャル朝食会を開催したことをきっかけに、Big Egg Huntのコンセプトが誕生した。

この最大級のEaster egg huntイースター・エッグ探し)は、2月21日から開始。このイベントに参加すると、60もの宝石が埋め込まれた10万ポンド相当の18金の卵「Diamond Jubilee Egg」が当たるチャンスあり。参加方法は、各卵のケースに記されているキーワードをテキスト(80001)で送るだけ。1つの卵につきエントリーは1回のみなので、たくさん探せば探すほど、当たる確立は高くなる。12に分かれたzone maps(イベントマップ)はオンラインで入手可能。

展示されている卵は、「eggsclusive auctions」(exclusiveとeggをかけている)で手に入れることができる。約30の卵が3月21日のライブ・オークションにかけられ、残りはオンライン・オークションで販売される予定(4月9日まで入札受付)。オークションには手が出ないという人は、Selfridges(セルフリッジズ)デパートにあるThe Big Egg Shopで、手描きのミニチュアエッグやオイスターカード・ケース、トートバッグ、Paint-Your-Own-Egg packs(手描きキット)を買うことも出来る。売上げは全てElephant FamilyAction for Childrenに寄付される予定。

One night, I spot a big egg in a show case on a street near Regent street. This is  is one of over 200 giant eggs hidden across London, placed by a charity fundraising campaign “The Big Egg Hunt” or the “Faberge Big Egg Hunt“, in aid of Action for Children and Elephant Family, and sponsored by the jeweller FabergeThese meter high fibreglass eggs have been created by artists, designers, architects and jewellers (list of eggs).

Following the 2010 Elephant Parade, the Big Egg Hunt was first launched in November 2011 by a son of  Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and food writer Tom Parker Bowles, who created a special “Eggs Faberge” breakfast for the celebrities in attendance.

This largest ever Easter egg hunt launched on 21 February 2012. By participating the egg hunt, you can win an exclusive Diamond Jubilee Egg with 60 fine gems encrusted on this 18 carat gold egg, worth over £100,000! Each egg has a unique keyword at its location, and text this word to 80001 to enter (entries are open until April 3rd). 12 zone maps are available online. You can entry once for each egg, so the more eggs you find, the greater chance you will get to win the prize.

You can be the owner of one of these eggs through their eggsclusive auctions“; around 30 of the eggs are to be auctioned on March 20, and the others are being auctioned online, with bids closing at 5pm on April 9. If you cannot afford to buy on auction, you can also get the egg goodies including hand-painted miniatures of the Big Egg Hunt eggs, Oyster wallets, tote bags, and Paint-Your-Own-Egg packs at The Big Egg Shop at Selfridges. All profit go to the charities Elephant Family and Action for Children.

これが私の見た卵。彫刻家で「Society of Wildlife Artists」会長であるHarriet Mead(ハリエット・ミード)の作品。ウェブサイトで見てみたけれど、実際の卵には、くっついてるトカゲとバッタが見えないのだけれど??

This is what I saw. It is made by a sculptor and President of the Society of Wildlife ArtistsHarriet Mead. I checked her egg on the website, but I didn’t see the lizard and glass hopper on the actual egg??

“Hokusai Tsunami print for Japan” Charity Print by Pure Evil

ポップ/ゴシック・グラフィティ・アーティストを自称するPure Evilが、自身のオンラインショップで、葛飾北斎の「富嶽三十六景波裏」をモチーフにした「Hokusai Tsunami print for Japan」というチャリティー・プリントを販売、日本赤十字社への寄付を募っている。

Pure Evilは、前にグラフィティの事を書いた時に何度か触れた(参考12)、家の近所にある、不動産開発業者Londonnewcastleが持つアート&パフォーマンス・スペース、Londonnewcastle Depotの壁に、MURDER MILEうさぎ?のグラフィティを描いている(今は他のグラフィティに取って代わった)。

Pop/gothic graffiti artist, Pure Evil sells a charity print “Hokusai Tsunami print for Japan“, inspired by Japanese ukiyo-e artist Hokusai‘s The Great Wave off Kanagawa, to raise money for the Japanese Red Cross to be distributed directly among the earthquake and tsunami affected Japanese population.

Pure Evil left some graffiti such as MURDER MILE and colorful bunnies (I am not sure the title) on the wall of nearby art & performance space Londonnewcastle Depot, owned by a developer Londonnewcastle, which I mentioned in my past entries (12). Two of the graffiti are gone now, taken over by the new work just finished recently.

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* In case you are willing to contact affected local governments and help them directly, here are their contact information.

Donating to the Ibaraki Prefectural Disaster Recovery Fund
Ibaraki Prefecture donations contact information:
Phone 81-29-301-2862
Email kokuko@pref.ibaraki.Ig.jp

Fukushima Prefecture International Affairs Division web site
International Affairs Division, Fukushima Prefectural Government
2-16 Sugitsumacho,
Fukushima City, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan 960-8670
Phone: 81-024-521-7182
Email kokusai@pref.fukushima.jp

Miyagi Prefecture web English information
Government International Affairs Division
3-8-1 Honcho Aoba-ku,
Sendai, Miyagi 980-8570
Phone: 81-022-211-2972
Email kokusai@pref.miyagi.jp

Iwate Prefecture Culture and International Relations Division
Iwate Prefectural Government
10-1 Uchimaru, Morioka, Iwate, JAPAN
Phone 81-19-629-5336
Email FA0042@pref.iwate.jp

Pray For Japan

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東北大地震から10日経った。イギリスは多国籍軍の中心メンバーであることもあり、メディアの関心はリビアへの軍事作戦に移っている。私は平和支持者という訳じゃないけれど、地震と津波によるあの惨事を目の当たりにしたら、どんな理由があるにせよ、人間自らの手で破壊行為を行ったり、人を殺したりすることが、阿呆らしいというか、何ともやるせなく思える。

Mはそろそろもう地震の事ばかり書かなくていいんじゃないかと言うけれど、復興は始まったばかり。いまだにたくさんの被災者の方々が避難生活を送っているし、福島原発の問題もまだ解決していない。だから、他にも書きたい事はいっぱいあるんだけれど、まだ地震以外の事は書けない。ロンドン情報を楽しみにしてくださっている方、申し訳ありません。

今日は、作曲家の未知瑠さんの音楽に、Kaori Onishiさんが書かれたイラストをのけた、可愛いビデオをご紹介します。またYouTubeに寄せられた、たくさんの日本への激励ビデオを見ていると、とても温かい気持ちになりますよね。

10 days after the Japan Earthquake & Tsunami, now Libya takes over media attention, as UK is a core member of the coalition force. I am not a pacifist, but after seeing the catastrophe caused by mother nature, I feel it is ridiculous and meaningless to destroy cities and kill someone with our own hands.

M told me that I don’t need to talk about the earthquake anymore, but the recovery effort is just started and still many evacuees are forced to live in gymnasiums, city halls and schools with insufficient help. I don’t know if Fukushima nuclear power stations will be restored, or if they can, when it will be. Therefore, please bare with me for a little bit more, though I have many topics that I want to talk about on my blog. I am sorry for some readers looking for information about London.

Today I found a video “Pray for Japan”, music by Michiru and illustration by Kaori Onishi. Watching many video messages to encourage Japan from the world cheers me up!

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It’s not the Money, it’s the Principle

誰かが掲示板に書いていたのを見たのだが、3月19日付のタイムズ紙に「Feel pity, but no need to give(同情するけれど、援助する必要は無い」という記事が出ていたそうだ。オンラインでは有料メンバーしか紙面を読む事ができないのでリンクは貼れないのだが、Disaster Emergency Committee(DEC:海外における主要な災害に対して効果的な人道支援を実施するための、独立した人道支援機関間のネットワーク)が、ハイチ地震の際のようなキャンペーンはしない、そして「イギリス赤十字はこれまで200万ポンドの義援金を集めたけれど、日本赤十字から海外からの援助は必要はないと言われた」とコメントした。

これに呼応する形で、British Democracy Forumというオンラインフォーラムに、「日本人は外国からの援助を嫌う。日本は『病的に』誇り高い国民で、海外からの干渉や助けを決して受け付けないから、時間の無駄だ」という、否定的かつステレオタイプなコメントが載せられた。

しかし日本赤十字社によると、これは全くの誤報だという。各国赤十字社がそれぞれ国内で受け付けた募金(救援金)は受け付ける旨を連絡しており、イギリス赤十字社を通じて集められた募金は、日本赤十字社が責任を持って被災者のために使うと言っている。

日本は世界でも有数の金持ち国だから援助は必要ないという声も多い。でも、先進国にしろ発展途上国にしろ、被災者のために何かしたいと言う気持ちは万国共通じゃないのか。ファイナンシャル・タイムズ (FT.com)は、どうしてアフガニスタンやベトナムといった貧しい国々が、日本を援助するのかと問うている。そして、それはお金ではなく道義の問題で、彼らの寛大さは将来忘れられる事はないと結論づけている。同感だ。助け合いの精神は人間が持つ美徳で、相手を思いやる心が、被害を受けた人たちを強く励ますと、私は信じている。インディペンデント紙の 「頑張れ日本、頑張れ東北」 と書かれた紙面が日本で話題を呼んだように、それは必ずしもお金である必要はないが、金銭的援助も「思いやり」の一つの形だと思う。日本人の美徳として、してもらったことは決して忘れないし、どこかで援助が必要な時には、必ず「恩返し」をするだろう。善意は回り回るのだ。今回の地震の際、海外から日本に多くの暖かい支援があったことをいつまでも心に留め、自分ができる事を、外国の人たちのためにもやっていきたいと思う。

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There was upsetting article on the Times last Saturday with the headline, ’Feel pity, but no need to give.’ In the article, Disaster Emergency Committee (DEC) comments that they don’t do a campaign like they did for Haiti, because the British Red Cross has raised £2 million for the Japanese Red Cross, which has a leading role in the disaster response, but, the Japanese charity itself said: “External assistance is not required.” I can’t link to the article, as only the paid member can read the Times online .

In response to the article, someone on the British Democracy Forum wrote “The Japanese have never liked aid from foreign countries, indeed if Japan had its own way it would cut itself off from the world. The Japanese are a proud nation of people (albeit a very sick one) and will never accept outside interference or help. Busy bodies should mind their own business and get on with it.” It is quite depressing to read such a negative (and stereotypical) comment about Japan.

However, the Japanese Red Cross insists that what the article says is not true. They contacted foreign Red Cross and informed that they accept any fund raised by Red Cross in each country. Japanese Red Cross also promised that they would be going to use all the money raised by the British Red Cross for victims suffered by the Tohoku earthquake and Tsunami in Japan.

Some people say that there is no help necessary as Japan is one of the richest countries in the world. But I belive that helping people, no matter rich or poor, who are going through great hardship is universal,  and it is the virtue of human being. Financial Times (FT.com) raise the issue why poor countries such as Afghanistan and Vietnam are sending cash to the rich country like Japan. And it concludes that acts of generosity and solidarity that will not be forgotten – it is not the money, it’s the principle. I completely agree. The thoughts count, and the sympathy and compassion are great encourage for the people suffering. It doesn’t have to be money, that’s why many Japanese were moved by the Independent’s “Don’t Give Up Japan, Don’t Give Up Tohoku” cover, but money is one of a way to show your compassion. Japanese have a word “on-gaeshi,” which means “paying back to the kindness received”– they appreciate your help and will never forget what you do for them, and surely will return the favor you give them when you need help. Of course this is not only Japanese value but also universal, and goodwill will circulate itself – isn’t it beautiful? I will never forget the help Japan has received from so many people abroad, and I will help someone somewhere when it is necessary, as much as I can.

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Responses from British Red Cross for the “Small Print”

昨日書いた「但し書き」の続きです。掲示板からの抜粋ですが、何人かの方が送った疑問について、イギリス赤十字からの返答を転載させて頂きました。

I would like to explain that we have to put this ‘Disaster Fund Caveat’ on every emergency appeal we run. As the statement explains it is only in the event that we raise far more money than we can responsibly spend in that area that we would put any extra money to our disaster fund.

This had never happened before as the need always tends to be greater than what we raise. All donations for this appeal are being sent directly to the Japanese Red Cross to use in the affected area.

寄付金が多く集まり過ぎた場合は他の事案に回すかもしれないが、過去に例はなかった。全ての寄付金は日本赤十字社に直接送られ、被災地のために使われるとのこと。

もう一人の方への返事はこういうもの。

Yes, the information you read does stand, but has only (in my experience), had to happen at the end of a very long appeal. And in most cases the disaster that is being provided for had initially received a lump sum from the Red Cross reserve as it was needed in a hurry obviously, while we collected specifically for the appeal. Therefore if there is any surplus it will only be replacing the initial sum of money so that there is a reserve that can be instantly accessed when we respond to the next disaster. The Red Cross works this way because the nature of our Disaster Response work dictates that in each case funds will be needed instantly.

但し書きに書いてあることは本当だが、経験上、長期間に渡るアピールの終わりにのみ起こりうる。そして、もし超過が出たとしても、災害直後に赤十字の貯蓄分から緊急支出された額を補填する目的のみに使われる。との説明。

過去にそういう例があったか無かったかは、二つのレスは矛盾しているけれど、この説明が本当なら、納得できる。British Red Crossも募金サイトやQ&Aでちゃんと明記していれば、私達も疑いもたずにすみ、質問状など送る必要は無かったのに。ちなみに私も質問メールを送っていますが、2日経った今、まだ返事は頂いていません。

A new information to my yesterday’s entry about “small print” of charities. Here are responses from British Red Cross to some people inquired about the issue, excerpted from the internet communication board.

Here is one.

I would like to explain that we have to put this ‘Disaster Fund Caveat’ on every emergency appeal we run. As the statement explains it is only in the event that we raise far more money than we can responsibly spend in that area that we would put any extra money to our disaster fund.

This had never happened before as the need always tends to be greater than what we raise. All donations for this appeal are being sent directly to the Japanese Red Cross to use in the affected area.

Another response to a different person.

Yes, the information you read does stand, but has only (in my experience), had to happen at the end of a very long appeal. And in most cases the disaster that is being provided for had initially received a lump sum from the Red Cross reserve as it was needed in a hurry obviously, while we collected specifically for the appeal. Therefore if there is any surplus it will only be replacing the initial sum of money so that there is a reserve that can be instantly accessed when we respond to the next disaster. The Red Cross works this way because the nature of our Disaster Response work dictates that in each case funds will be needed instantly.

If what they say is true, I have no problem, though two responses conflict with each other whether any case of surplus happened in the past or not. However, the problem is that British Red Cross doesn’t explain the issue on their web page, either in the appeal or Q&A. If they do, we don’t have to be suspicious or waste some time to write to them and their time to write back. I also sent an inquiry to the Red Cross but I haven’t heard from them so far for two days. I guess they are busy at this time – another reason for them to clarify it on their website!

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悲しいニュースが多い中で、心温まる話。涙を誘います。早く助けが来るといいな。

Heartwarming footage of the dog that refuses to abandon the wounded companion. Hope they will be saved soon…

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