M 9.1 earthquake and tsunami hit East coast of Tohoku region in Japan on Friday, March 11 2011 and it caused the nuclear radiation problem. My deepest condolences and sympathy towards the people of Japan who lost loved ones and their homes. My passion, thoughts, and prayers are with you and I hope the earliest recovery!!


Light from 311/ Kesennuma

Passionate young survivors of Kesennuma city got together and created a project to erect three pillars of light at one year anniversary of The Eastern Japan Great Earthquake.  The project aims to remember the incident and gather thoughts from all around the globe. The official image painting by Daisuke Takeya.

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Led by Koichi Watanabe, a professor at Fukushima University, this project aims to inspire children by creating Koinobori, a carp shaped wind-socks, traditional calendrical event for children. Over 1,000 carps have been created by various passionate individuals.



Ashita: Artists for Japan

On March 29, 2011, Toronto’s visual, music, performance, dance, and literature arts communities united for Japan relief event. Held at The Great Hall with over 600 attendee, the event raised 10,000 CAD which was immediately deposited to the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre’s Japan disaster relief fund.

Co- directors: Daisuke Takeya, Rafi Ganaghounian

Webmaster/design: Kateryna Topol

Financial supervisor: Don Christie

Special advisor: Christine Seki

Volunteer coordinators: Tammy Lee, Atsushi Kawazu, Tetsuro Nohara

Stage managers: Minae Omi, Mai Ishida, Yuko Fujinuki

Performance coordinators: Yumi Onose, Risa Kusumoto

Participating galleries:
OBorn Contemporary, Le Gallery, Show and Tell Gallery, Art Metropole, Koyama Press, Narwhal/Magic Pony, OUCHI Gallery NYC, Orbital arts

Participating artists:
Howard Podeswa, Laura Horne, Fiona Smyth, Yuriko Kubota, Tomori Nagamoto, Winnie Truong, Nicholas Di Genova, Shigeko Okada, Keiko Tokushima, Ayako Bando, Sonomi Kobayashi, Bernice Lum, Ron Loranger, Pierre Julien, Richelle Forsey, Jae-hong Ahn, Juno Youn, Miki Shinozaki, Keita Morimoto, Miyume Nakagawa, Shinobu Akimoto, Yumi Onose, Shinya Kumazawa, Joshua Choi, James Fowler, Martin Ouellette, Patrick DeCoste, Daisuke Takeya, Matt Evans, Martin Reis, Aisha Simpson, Harvey Chan, Peter Chan, Shary Boyle, Akira Yoshikawa, Rie Aikawa, Bud Fujikawa, Laura Adams,Tanya Reed, Dasar, REN, Amy Wong, Risa Kusumoto, Chrisopher Hayes, Seth Scriver, Nimit Malavia, Junko Mizuno, Ruthanne Henry, Braden Labonte, David Sheppard, Michael Toke

MC’s for the evening:
Rafi Ghanaghounian and Nana Akimoto

Special presentation from the disaster area by:
Jason Ishida & Betsy Anderson

Clara Venice and Ken Ogawa
Nobu Adilman: Choir!Choir!Choir!
Rambunctious featuring Michael Louis Johnson
Ashely Ingram
Arisa i accompanied by Marcel Aucoin on piano

Visual Assault
Yakudo: traditional Japanese drumming
AKA Dance (Keiko Ninomiya, Amy Hampton, Mike Dell)
Natasha Bailey, Adam Herst, Yumi Onose,Veronica Abrenica, Risa Kusumoto
VPV (Daisuke Takeya, Ayumi Sawada, Tatsu)

Nail art: Mizuki Sugimoto

Tea ceremony and flower arrangement:
Tomori Nagamoto and Mika Sato

Ewan Whyte, Bonnie Bowman

Luis Jacob
Derek Mainella

Participating groups, sponsors and partners:
The Great Hall, GUU Japanese restaurant, K6cards, The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, Japanese Visitors Association (JAVA), Nihongo Art Contest 2011, Toronto Artists Fund Raising, Orange LLP, Healing Japan, Hardboiled inc, Melody Sky



PKN Toronto + Inspire Japan

On April 16, 2011, at The Toronto Design Exchange, organizers of ASHITA: Artists for Japan made a special presentation.

Visit PKN Toronto + Inspire Japan



Toronto to Japan: Hope Blossoms

On April 21, 2011, at The BELL Light Box, Canadian authors, musicians, dancers collaborated for Japan relief event.

Visit Toronto to Japan: Hope Blossoms



Art for Life

Artists, architects, designers share their relief activities on this open platform (Japanese language).

Visit Art for Life