Marui department store has launched a charity campaign collecting much needed autumn and winter clothes for distribution in the disaster struck regions of Tohoku. On Sunday Mewby and I took a few bagfuls of old clothes down for her Mom, and we got some Marui gift vouchers in return (a canny bit of marketing there). It’s a good system as any clothes that don’t get picked up by people in Tohoku will be sent to help the needy overseas via the NPO Japan Relief Clothing Center (JRCC).
Ladieswear will be collected on the 4th floor and menswear on the 5th floor of the Marui building until October 31st. Look out for the big green “Power of Fashion” message tree. Their opening hours are from 10.30 am until 8.30 pm. Here is what they need:
- Menswear / ladieswear (autumn and winter clothes only please and they must be in good condition!)
- Sportswear (in good condition)
- Warm winter woolies – scarves, gloves, mittens, mufflers, knitted hats etc. (in good condition)
- Socks, underwear, undershirts and children’s wear but ONLY IF NEW.
- Particularly there is a shortage of clothes for men, clothing in larger sizes and clothing for the elderly.
Everything should be in new, or good-as-new condition and should be clean!
Please do NOT bring any of the following:
UNWANTED: Any kind of uniform, swim wear, gym suits, shoes, kimonos, or ladies business suits.
For each item they take you will receive a 200 yen gift voucher to be spent at any Marui store. Marui department store is located on the south-east corner of Kawaramachi and Shijo (where Hankyu department store used to be). You can read more information about this project (in Japanese only) here. And here is a video about the project: