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Group Name 3/11 Kids Photo Journal
Activity Creation of 3/11 Kids Photo Journal
Activity Period 8/1/2012 to 3/31/2013
Overview 3/11 Kids Photo Journal is created by elementary, junior high, and high school students living in areas devastated by the Great East Japan Earthquake. It is designed to convey to both Japanese and global citizens what they have experienced firsthand through photos and text. The children are supported by professional photographers and editors to help with photography and information collection.
Group Name Eizo Kiroku (NPO)
Activity Project for the preservation of the Gyozan Ryu Shishi-odori traditional folk dance by and creation of related educational materials
Activity Period 10/1/2012 to 3/31/2013
Overview For this project, videos of the Shishi-odori, a traditional folk dance from the Mitobe neighborhood of Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture were created and archived. Performed by the Gyozan Ryu, dance performances were stopped at one time due to the Great East Japan Earthquake. In addition, educational materials were created and distributed which address the significance of passing of tradition by looking at the Shishi-odori from various perspectives, including its historical background and its relationship with fishing which is a key industry in the region.
Group Name Sanga Iwate
Activity Photo exhibition documenting the lives of women during regional reconstruction
Activity Period 8/1/2012 to 9/30/2012
Overview There are currently many elderly people living in temporary housing facilities located in Otsuchi City and Kamaishi City that do not work. Our organization has established handicraft workshops at five locations in Otsuchi City and three in Kamaishi City to help women in the region become more self reliant, create friendships, and lead useful, fulfilling lives. The women create dust cloths and quilted clothing stitch by stitch with faces full of life, appreciative of the fact that they are able to work and be among friends. We intend to hold photo exhibitions in Otsuchi City, Kamaishi City, and Morioka City that capture the faces of these women as they work.
Group Name Egao Smile Project
Activity Photo Exhibition: The Power of Smiling Faces from the Tohoku Region
Activity Period 10/20/2012 to 3/31/2013
Overview In this project, we photograph the smiling faces of the people who reside in the coastal areas of Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima Prefectures which were devastated by the Great East Japan Earthquake. In addition, photos showing the extent of the damage are also taken. Photo exhibitions are held mainly in the Kanto region to show visitors how the areas affected by the earthquake look today.
Group Name Oyako Day Planning Committee
Activity Oyako Day Eastern Japan Disaster Area Support Project: I TIE (I want to meet you again)
Activity Period 8/1/2012 to 12/31/2012
Overview For the purpose of preserving bonds with friends and family who are no longer there due to the disaster, the first stage of this project teaches children and regional photography studios how to save records and teaches them how to share these records with friends that have been brought away from by using the Internet. They have created many wonderful photos that need to be shared more with people around the world. The second state of the project aims to increase exposure by holding photo exhibitions that feature their works.
Group Name Soma Earthquake Disaster Support Website
Activity Creation of the Soma Earthquake Disaster Photo Exhibition “Photo Exhibition by Victims of 3/11” and photo collection by victims of 3/11
Activity Period 8/10/2012 to 8/9/2013
Overview This activity involves the creation of a photo exhibition displaying images of the eastern section of Soma City, Fukushima Prefecture taken on the day of the disaster and afterwards as well as the creation of a photo collection. The photo collections are donated to elementary schools, junior high schools, community centers, and similar places located in Soma City.
Group Name Watasho Project
Activity Photography Volunteers to Support Students at Watanoha Elementary School in Ishinomaki City
Activity Period June 15, 2011 to late August, 2013 (planned)
Overview On June 15, 2011, our photography volunteers visited Watanoha Elementary School in Ishinomaki City and, with the permission of former school principal Yoshiki Takahashi, provided 300 students with disposable cameras free of charge. Photos taken by the students were displayed at photo exhibitions held in May and June of this year. The exhibitions were held in Ginza and Fuchu, which are two locations in the Tokyo Metropolitan Area, where more than 420 visitors attended. This year, students were provided with 120 disposable cameras. We plan to exhibit the new photos at exhibitions in Ginza and Hakodate from the end of January to March of 2013.
Group Name Future Lights Project (Go educational foundation)
Activity Exhibition of “Looking Forward—Road to Recovery After the Great East Japan Earthquake, 30 Stories, Vol. 2: Kesennuma City, Miyagi Prefecture”
Activity Period 7/24/2012 to 3/31/2013
Overview Providing support to disaster areas through photography, the project aims to insure than reconstruction efforts in the region continue indefinitely. In addition, by saving records of the devastating Great East Japan Earthquake for future ages, we collect data related to the long reconstruction process so that this disaster will never be forgotten. Also, the project offers photography classes in order to contribute to the restoration of photographic culture since many photos were lost due to the disaster, and conducts events such as photo exhibitions in cooperation with disaster victims.
Group Name Nomaoi Movie Production Committee
Activity Helping to pass on culture to future generations by recording footage of the “Soma Nomaoi,” a traditional cavalry battle reenactment, which is shown at venues, and distributed via DVD and other means.
Activity Period 8/1/2012 to 3/31/2013
Overview This activity provides free DVDs containing “Soma Nomaoi” event footage to residents of Fukushima and people who have taken refuge in housing complexes and residences so that they can be viewed together with family members anytime, anywhere. In addition, screenings and related events are used to educate local residents about the current situation in Fukushima as well as about traditional culture. This activity will serve to promote children’s interest in traditional culture which they will carry with them in the future, and aims for the continued fostering of the magnificent spirituality found in the Japanese people as well as attachment to one’s local area.
Group Name Fuyodo2100 (NPO)
Activity Project for the continuous promotion of the Jyangara Nenbutsu Odori folk dance
Activity Period 8/30/2012 to 4/30/2013
Overview In this project, the Jyangara Nenbutsu Odori, a traditional folk dance of Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture is shot and recorded. After production work is completed, the footage is shown at screenings which are held around Iwaki City.
Group Name Photo Salvage
Activity Provides basic planning for the continuation of photo restoration efforts
Activity Period 8/1/2012 to 12/31/2013
Overview Photo Salvage is an organization dedicated to photo restoration started on April 20, 2011 soon after the Great East Japan Earthquake occurred. The majority of volunteers that participate in photo restoration efforts are professionals, such as photographers and designers. In addition, volunteers can work from home since photo data can be distributed and received via a special website. As of October 2012, the group boasts more than 150 active volunteers who have already restored more than 5,000 photos which have been returned to their owners.
Group Name Rikuzentakata Disaster Document Digitalization Project
Activity Events such as photo and video exhibitions related to photo material stabilization and digitalization activities through photos and video recordings
Activity Period 7/1/2012 to 3/31/2013
Overview In addition to continuing to provide stabilization treatment and digitalization of photo materials from the Rikuzentakata City Museum, Rikuzentakata City Library, and Rikuzentakata City Sea and Shell Museum since last year, this group sets up information areas at activity locations in order to publicize the group’s activities, displays activity content, and holds events such as lectures related to the disaster.
Group Name Glocal Media Producer (NPO)
Activity Textbooks for the Future Photo Exhibition and Archive Creation
Activity Period 6/20/2012 to 3/31/2013
Overview This organization receives photos from students mainly living in areas affected by the earthquake and then distributed with text. After the photos are archived, they are made available on the Recovery Assistance Media Team website. In addition, the photos are displayed at actual photo exhibitions and made widely available throughout Japan and the rest of the world. Surveys and similar studies are used to find out this action itself leads children and residents of disaster areas to come to terms. This gives them a new feeling and starts them down a path headed towards tomorrow. The goal is to increase interaction inside and outside of affected areas by displaying their photos.
Group Name Yomigaere Minamisanriku
Activity “Never Forget that Day” Project
“Forum for Thinking about and Learning from the Minamisanriku Disaster Area” in Kagawa
Activity Period 8/1/2012 to 10/31/2012
Overview In this activity, participants learn about, are moved by, and think about the current conditions in Minamisanriku, an area devastated by the Great East Japan Earthquake. Although Kagawa Prefecture is far away from Minamisanriku, those involved will think about what can be done to support the region and turn these ideas into new methods of support. In preparedness for earthquake disasters that are anticipated to occur in the Tokai, Tonankai, and Nankaioki areas, participants learn from the memories of the Great East Japan Earthquake and absorb this knowledge as something to live by.
Group Name Kesennuma Reconstruction through Photos Project
Activity Kesennuma Oshima Photography Class
Activity Period 11/1/2012 to 11/1/2013
Overview It has been one year and eight months since the Great East Japan Earthquake occurred. An owner of a guest house had said, “There was very little information given about Oshima since the earthquake struck. Now it’s a shame considering all this has happened…”
The difference in the amount of reports given for the various disaster areas has a considerable effect on local industry and residents. It has once again been felt that news reports start decreasing and people are forgetting about the area which makes it a true disaster area.
This photography class has now been held five times. Children participate in a photography workshop and take photos of what they see in the disaster area. These photos are displayed for people to see.
Group Name Social Connect
Activity Connecting to Tomorrow—Smiling Faces Project
Activity Period 10/1/2012 to 10/31/2012
Overview Although the project is primarily made up of students from Miyagi Prefecture, it is also supported by professional photographers from city areas. Photos are taken of community residents of disaster areas in situations that put smiles on their faces. At the same time, photos depicting the current situation in the disaster areas are also taken. These photos are shared and distributed where they make people smile again. These photos bring back good memories to the disaster victims cheering them up little by little. Bonds in the community are deepened and activities are conducted so that the disaster is never forgotten.
Group Name Bridge for Fukushima
Activity Smiling Faces from the Disaster Area
Activity Period 9/1/2012 to 3/31/2013
Overview The main Bridge for Fukushima location in Soma has been distributing mineral water to households with infants and pregnant women two times a week since April 2012. At present, there are 800 households in Soma City, Minamisoma City, and Shinchi Town that receive mineral water through the project. In this project, photos are taken together with children smiling who visit to receive water which provides a base for interaction. In addition, this is used as an opportunity to communicate with mother, fostering the creation of an environment where people can easily talk with each other.
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