Japan and the United States’ shared love of baseball could very well make it easier when it comes to fundraising for victims of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated northern Japan. According to
Rafu Shimpo
, a Japanese heritage night on June 3 at AT&T park, during a home game between the San Francisco Giants and the Colorado Rockies, will donate proceeds from special event ticket sales to those affected by the tragedy in Japan.
“In the wake of the recent tragedies that have hit Japan,” Rafu Shimpo reports, “the Giants are dedicating this season’s Japanese Heritage Night to the memories of those lost, and to the support of those working to rebuild.”

The Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund will receive proceeds from each special event ticket sold, along with additional donations from fans.

Spectators with special event tickets will be seated in the Japanese Heritage sections and will receive a special-edition Sumo Lou Seal bobble head. A pregame fundraising festival in Seals Plaza from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. will also include cultural performers and Japanese food and drinks.

The event is being held in partnership with Japanese American Citizens’ League, Japanese Community Youth Council, Nakayoshi, and Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California.

Andrew Lam is an editor of New America Media an author of "East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres."