Renowned manga artist Inoue Takehiko ( Slam Dunk, Vagabond ) is doing his part in support of the quake rescue efforts, churning out a series of inspirational “smile” sketches to cheer the country on in these trying times. I believe these speed drawings were created on an Ipad/Iphone application called Zen Brush.
The words appearing on the basketball jerseys, which normally would have been the player’s name, are actually names of prefectures in Japan, many of which were badly hit by the earthquake and tsunami, notably Miyagi, Fukushima and Iwate.
With the death toll now numbering more than a 1000 and climbing, Japan now faces yet more challenges, including threats of meltdowns at several nuclear plants in Fukushima, and a growing scarcity of electricity, food and water in affected areas.
In my previous post Japan Earthquake : How You Can Help I’ve included a list of disaster aid relief organizations you can contribute to, please do whatever you can to help.
For more sketches from Inoue-san’s twitpic stream, go here.14