Center City: Import Shop Raises Money for Japanese Relief

Decorative cranes are hung throughout the store and serve as an example of what the anticipated crane chain will look like.

In an initiative to help support Japan through trying times, local Japanese pop-culture import shop Omoi has teamed up with the Japanese America Society of Greater Philadelphia (JASGP) to raise money for disaster relief efforts.

Starting this week, customers can purchase handmade paper-cranes for $1. Patrons can choose to take home the cranes as keepsakes or add them to the chain of cranes displayed in the store.

Omoi will give 100 percent of the proceeds gathered from the paper-crane sales to JASGP, whch is collecting donations for the Japanese Red Cross Society. The fundraising event will run until April 24.

“If you take a close look at the chain we built in the shop, we used only white cranes, which are the ones that Omoi purchased. We’re hoping that Philly will help us add color to our origami chain,” shop owner Liz Sieber said.

Omoi is also taking part in the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia and will have a booth set up for Sakura Sunday on April 10 in Fairmount Park.

Visit the storefront location at 1608 Pine St. to contribute to the fundraiser.

A wide variety of hand picked goods can be seen throughout the shop.












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