Following last year’s successful participation, Toyosaki Aki takes part in the charity event organized by Japanese brand specializing in tote bags, ROOTOTE, even this year. Many musicians, actors, and other famous people join the ROOTOTE Charity Event by drawing an illustration on blank canvas of a tote bag. All of these bags are then sold in auction and this year, the revenue will be donated to children who have been affected by the natural disaster and the consequent nuclear accident in Touhoku last year.
The theme of Aki’s illustration is a phrase “I’m always close to you”, with which she tries to express that she would like to help all of the children who’ve been suffering and become lonely as a result of the catastrophe.
Last year, the tote bag with Aki’s illustration was auctioned for 1,566,600 yen, roughly 18,000 USD. The auction winner was illustrator Watanabe Akio, who is also known under the name of Poyoyonrokku.