Arts for People
2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami
reconstruction support project
Firstly to all the victims and the families who lost loved one and who are injured, we would like to express our deepest sympathy for the enormous loss of life and devastation caused by the earthquake and tsunami on 11th March 2011 that jolted TOHOKU region, northeast Japan. May our prayer come true that all of the disaster areas will be rebuilt soon.
At this northeast Japan great earthquake, NPO Kaibunsha engages and carries out a volunteer project “Arts for People” project to support the reconstruction and victims in TOHOKU’s stricken areas by arts and culture, as in music, dance, art, etc. This action is promoted by the cooperation of a lot of artists, the art groups, and the reconstruction assistance groups who believes in the power of arts.
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1. To send dancers to give physical exercise workshops at emergency shelters in TOHOKU
Dancers are the experts on bodies and exercises. For those victims who evacuated from their real homes and reside at emergency shelters and temporary houses due to the earthquake and tsunami, dancers visit shelters and give physical exercise workshops to help releasing the stress in bodies that we also wish it offers to unwind their minds. We aim to simultaneously conduct the workshops (body-and-mind care) for those disaster victims in long term at widely spread stricken regions in TOHOKU by being in close cooperation with NPO JCDN.
2. To support the opportunity for children to attend performing arts activities at school
In the area affected by the 3.11 catastrophe, the program of attending performing arts activities at school is in danger due to future drastic shift of national budget for restoration in the vast affected area. Foreseen the budget cut for art and culture activities at school, we aim to uphold the opportunity for those school children to experience and enjoy performing arts performance by fundraising, planning and directing art programs.
3. To assist to restore and maintain the TOHOKU's traditional folklore cultures, such as KUROMORI Kagura
TOUHOKU is known as one of the richest areas of Japanese traditional folklores such as ceremonial art and sacred dance and festival handed down from one generation to another for a very long time. Tohoku people enjoy the festive nature within their ordinary everyday life, however the earthquake and tsunami devastated beloved ones, miscellaneous port towns, so did the valuable culture.
Among the cultures, we focus to assist KUROMORI Kagura (originated in Mt. Miyako, Iwate pref.) in the aim of assisting to continue succession to the culture and restore the province. We are planning to raise the reconstruction funds by inviting KUROMORI Kagura to Tokyo and four cities for benefit performance.
4. To provide logistic support system and fundraise for local NPOs and NGOs reconstruction support efforts based in afflicted area.
Since the earthquake on 3.11, thousands of local NPOs and NGOs started self-financed emergency assistances in towns always being in the front line. Therefore we would like to fundraise for their reconstruction support activities on behalf of those organizations and send the benefaction to those forefront organizations.
Arts for People FUND
We highly appreciate your generous cooperation and offer of support. If you wish to support our Arts for People Project by donating money, please contact us ( email: firstname.lastname@example.org ) and directly transfer your funds to the following account:
[Arts for People FUND]
Physical exercise workshops at emergency shelters
1st Visit >> 20-22 May 2011 at Miyako city, Iwate pref.
Workshoped at 3 emergency shelters
WORKSHOP LEADER: Yoko Higashino (Baby-Q, contemporary dancer)
2nd Visit >> 8-10 June 2011 at Miyako city, Iwate pref.
Workshoped at 3 emergency shelters and 2 children’s houses
WORKSHOP LEADER: Maho Sumiji & Shuichi Abiru (Selenographica, contemporary dancer)
Benefit Concert for 3.11 the East Japan Earthquake
“Shōmyō Sutra Chanting”
>> 25 March 2011 at International House of Japan (Tokyo)
The IHJ Japanese Music Series concert, "Shōmyō Sutra Chanting--The Wisdom of the Voice" (featuring priests from the Shingon Sect of Buddhism), took place as a requiem for the victims of the disaster. Shōmyō is the song-like chanting of sacred Buddhist texts (sutras) whose origins reach back to the Hindu Vedic hymn chants of ancient India.
All ticket proceeds have been sent to the stricken areas through the Japan Red Cross. We would like to express our deepest gratitude to those who attended the charity concert.
Performed by Arai Kōjun and other priests from the Shingon Sect of Buddhism
Benefit Performance in Germany !!
>> 9-10 June 2011 at Theatre im Pumpenhaus (Münster, Germany)
JunJun SCIENCE had a charity dance performance as the 2011 East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Reconstruction Support in Theater im Pumpenhaus in Münster, Germany! The company offers no fee for the performance, and all the ticket proceeds of JunJun SCIENCE performance go to the support for “Arts for People” project through Theatre im Pumpenhaus.
Theater im Pumpenhaus