As the death toll from the earthquake disaster in China’s Sichuan province last weekend rises to more than 190, with thousands more suffering from injuries, a number of countries and companies have pledged support, including tech giants Apple and Samsung. But while the Chinese government politely declined Japan’s offer for financial aid, instead accepting that from Russia, the message that is getting the most appreciation is from Aoi Sora, a former Japanese adult video actress that enjoys massive popularity in the country.
The actress (sometimes known as Aoi Sola), who has one of China’s largest fan followings on the Sina Weibo social network, now over 13 million, posted a picture of calligraphy that she wrote on parchment paper which says “Go, Sichuan. Peace to Ya’an.” One of her followers commented, “Let us sing praise and applause for Ms. Cang!” referring to a nickname for Aoi. The renewed attention has certainly been to her benefit, as the ex-adult film star just debuted in her first mainstream movie, Second Dream, in China last month.
As a Japanese national now living and making her career in China, this isn’t the first time Aoi has pleased internet fans (other than her past films, of course). In September of last year, the actress was “invited” by Chinese internet users to be the only Japanese they would allow to set foot on the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands. Only days later, the Tokyo government formally nationalized the territory with its purchase, thereby igniting outrage and anti-Japanese riots all across China. Aoi again took to the Weibo social network to then post a calligraphy message asking for everyone to stay calm and try to get along.