Actress and singer Jane Birkin took part in a free live concert at Club Quattro in Shibuya on Wednesday night to raise money for Japan's earthquake and tsunami relief fund. Prior to the event, at which she performed seven songs, Birkin, 64, also collected donations outside Shibuya Parco shopping center, where she shook hands with passersby.
Although English-born, Birkin has long lived in France and is known in Japan for her songs such as "L'Aquoiboniste" and the steamy "Je t'aime... moi non plus."
Birkin also held a question and answer session and said, "I pray that people across Japan are able to enjoy the tranquility that we are blessed with here," in reference to cherry blossoms.
She also announced that she had auctioned off a favorite bag made specifically for her by luxury brand Hermès to raise money for Japan's recovery.
On Thursday, Birkin visited an evacuee shelter to lend support and encouragement to survivors of the disaster.
Birkin, who has long been engaged in humanitarian projects, worked with Amnesty International on immigrant welfare and AIDS issues and has been an outspoken proponent of democracy in Myanmar. She has been awarded the British OBE and the French Ordre National du Mérite.© Japan Today