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.
FUKUSHIMA ART KOINOBORI PROJECT
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.
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
OBorn Contemporary, Le Gallery, Show and Tell Gallery, Art Metropole, Koyama Press, Narwhal/Magic Pony, OUCHI Gallery NYC, Orbital arts
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
Arisa i accompanied by Marcel Aucoin on piano
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
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.
Toronto to Japan: Hope Blossoms
On April 21, 2011, at The BELL Light Box, Canadian authors, musicians, dancers collaborated for Japan relief event.
Art for Life
Artists, architects, designers share their relief activities on this open platform (Japanese language).
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