The label will support local industry with a Wednesday night gig and a limited edition set of sake glasses.
In an effort to help boost tourism in Japan, Minus are throwing a benefit gig at Womb on Wednesday night, fittingly titled Minus Hearts Japan.
"Reports of radiation and wide spread destruction have made tourists and artists reluctant to visit Japan while at the same time crippling Japan's vital export industry," Richie Hawtin said in a statement last week. "This has led to two industries being severely affected: Tokyo's nightlife and Japanese Sake, two industries very close to my heart."
The nightlife industry will get a boost from the party itself, which features DJ sets from Hawtin, Troy Pierce and Ambivalent, and live performances from Marc Houle and Hobo. As for the sake industry, Minus have created a limited edition set of sake glasses in collaboration with Shotuku Glass, which will be available online throughout the month of May. All proceeds from the set will be donated to breweries in the Tohuku region, which was hit especially hard during the earthquake in March.
Finally, Minus are also re-releasing an album called Utsohu by Kazuya Nagaya, an ambient artist Hawtin discovered while on a trip to Tokyo a few years ago. The album comes out on Wednesday, and will be available for free download to anyone who buys the sake glass set.
In anticipation of the event, Minus have put together the official trailer below, which features unreleased footage of their 2008 Japanese tour. You can also watch a live stream of the party on Ustream, beginning on Wednesday night at around 8:00am Japanese time.