Local Japanese pianist raising relief funds

People from all over the country have been looking for ways to help the relief effort in Japan, but for one Brooklyn pianist, the disaster hit too close to home.

Ayako Sharsaki has lived in the U.S. for 13 years, but she's originally from Japan, where most of her family still lives. Her family members survived the devastating earthquake and tsunami that ravaged Japan on March 11, but she says she wants to do all she can to help the people of the troubled nation.

Sharsaki plays regular gigs at the Puppets Jazz Bar in Park Slope. For the next few months, she says donations from the audience that would normally help pay her bills will instead go the Japan earthquake relief fund.

This Sunday, Sharsaki will be teaming up with other local musicians at the Googie Lounge in Manhattan's Lower East Side. All proceeds from the event will go to the relief effort.

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