This project has recently been awarded support from the BC Arts Council, an agency of the Province of British Columbia, Canada.
HAND IN HAND: recent wonderful support from:
IKEYAMADA GO! (Tokyo)
Fujisawa Family (Tokyo)
Mr. & Mrs. Aoki (Kesenuma-Sendai, Tohoku)
the Japan Studies Association of Canada (JSAC)
The Art of Children Living on the Street Group, (Sendai, Tohoku)
Everyone has a dream or a memory that they cannot let go of. This is a film about the human dreams and memories that fill Tohoku...reflecting their 2011 tragic losses, their deep history and culture...through their personal experiences.
NOW IN PROGRESS: THE FINAL EDITING PHASE: post production editing, music, sound and finishing is being done in 'Hollywood North', Vancouver Canada.
Our goal is to finish this film by spring 2015.
COMPLETED TO DATE: with 'crowd funding', over two and a half years of filming in Tohoku, headed by award winning Canadian Nikkei filmmaker, Linda Ohama.
What do you get for contributing?
Your name will appear in the end roll credits of the film (or choose anonymity) andsatisfaction of helping to make a good film for the world to see.
3. Establish the "Canada-Japan Kids for Kids Cloth Letters" project involving thousands of young people and a national exhibition tour of both Japan and Canada in over 60 cities. (see more below)
The cloth letters from Canada and Tohoku, plus a collection of original photos and poems launched at the Canadian Embassy's Prince Takamado Gallery in Tokyo from October-Decmeber, 2011. This exhibition continues to tour.
January 15, 2013 Film Class-Guest lecture, Chukyo University, Nagoya
January 17, 2013 Film Class-Guest lecture, Chukyo University, Nagoya
April 18, 2013 Cross Cultural Studies lecture, Tohoku Fukushi University, Professor Takahashi
April 29, 2013 Research Methods lecture, Aichi Shokutoku University, Professor Mika Toff
April 30, 2013 Presentation on Tohoku, Aichi Shokutoku University, Professor Mika Toff
May 2, 2013 Tohoku and Filming Techniques and Process, Aichi Medical University, Professor Tak Yamamori
September 23-25, 2013 International Career Seminar, Utsunomiya Uninversity, Matsuo Tamaki, Dean of International Studies Faculty
October, 2013 JSAC International Conference, guest presentation, University of Saskatoon, Canada, Prof. Carin Holroyd
October 2013 Documentary Filmmaking Class, University of Saskatoon, Faculty of Fine Arts, Prof Keith Bell
October, 2013 Inspiration and Passion, Department of Asian Religion, Prof George Keyworth
November, 2013 Kaisai Private High School, Tokyo, Lectures in English: creative expression
December, 2013 Aoyama University, Faculty of English Studies, Tokyo, Prof Joseph Dias and Prof Gregory Strong
December 2013 Research Methods lectures, Aichi Shokutoku University, Professor Mika Toff
January 30- February 4, 2014 Community International New Energy Conference, organized by Mr. Tetsuro Iida, Tokyo and different locations in Fukushima province
June 4, 2012 Symposium "One Year after the Tohoku Earthquake-looking back on the media coverage and the Aid"Special speaker and panel member, Kanda University, Tokyo, Contact person: Professor Norie Yazu and Prof. Fujita, Director of MULC, special Lecture on Film, showing Obaachan's Garden
June 11-22, 2012 Series of Creative Writing Class presentations, Expressing Yourself through Writing, Aichi Shokutoku University, Nagoya, Contact person Prof. Mika Toff
June 15 and 22, 2012 Film making class presentations, Aichi Shokutoku University, Nagoya, Contact person Prof Bev Curran
June 19, 2012 Special interactive Reactions to Tohoku Seminars with Senior Medical Students, Aichi Medical University, Nagoya, Contact person Prof Tak Yamamori
June 5, 2012 English Lectures-Aoyama University, Tokyo, Contact person Prof Gregory Strong
June and July 2012 Volunteer presentations and lectures to students of Sendai University, GOZAIN, English Study groups of junior high, and local community groups in Tohoku
October 11, 2012 Life Writing Lecture, Aichi Shokutoku University, Nagoya
Writing for Business Lecture--How to raise over $250,000, Aichi Shokutoku University, Nagoya
November 3-10 Exhibition of photographs and poems "Tohoku no Shingetsu", International University of Kagoshima Gallery, Kagoshima
November 10, 2012 International Exchange Special Guest Lecture: Cloth Letters in Tohoku, International University of Kagoshima, Contact Satoko Fukudome, coordinator
November 24, 2012 Speaker, Making A Difference, Toyohashi JALT, Contact Toyohashi JALT
November 25, 2012 Guest presentation, The Cloth Letters and How Young People Can Express Themselves, Tokyo KAISEI Boys High School, Tokyo
November 27, 2012 Writing for Business Special Lecture, Aichi Shokutoku University, Nagoya, Prof Mika Toff
November 28, 2012 Lectures, Poems from Tohoku, Aoyama University, Tokyo
November 29, 2012 Living Beyond Borders: International Citizenship Guest Lecture, Aichi Shokutoku University, Nagoya
Since the beginning of this project on March 12, 2011, this inspiring project has spread out to represent the voices of young people across Canada, Tohoku, and now from several cities in Japan. (please check website for the location details)
NEW ADDITONS: Originally, the project was 2 large cloth letters. Now has grown to over 20 beautiful, expressive cloth letter quilts.
Recently, the young people of Kagoshima created their 'Kagoshima' cloth letters from 104 original haiku poems. Kobe City youth added a hand-ewn 'Kobe City' cloth letter full of lyrical colorful letters that express energy and love that is handsewn.
NATIONAL EXHIBITION TOURS: This exhibition has been traveling on a national exhibition tour of Japan since it's exhibition launch at the Prince Takamado Gallery, Canadian Embassy in Tokyo from October-December 2011.
The final exhibitions in Japan will take place in TOHOKU during late November and month of December 2012. After these exhibitions, the cloth letters will travel to Canada for showings.
TOHOKU TOUR 2012: Minamisinriku, Minamisoma, Iwaki City, Kesenuma, Ishinomaki, Ogatsu, Sendai/Yuriage, Otsuchi....