Here is a presentation by Mr. Hiroki Iwasa, entrepreneur and speaker for TEDxTohoku2012.
Mr. Iwasa wishes to revitalize his hometown, Yamamoto-cho in Watari-gun, Miyagi prefecture, which suffered catastrophic damages from the earthquake and tsunami.
In the presentation, he introduces his way of producing strawberries via the integration of cutting-edge IT management skills and the agricultural skills well-practiced by local farmers.
This presentation will fill your whole senses with a sour-but-sweet feel – and we’re not just talking about the flavor of the strawberries!
Mr. Iwasa’s humor and enthusiasm will definitely bring a smile to your face, so please have a look!
TEDx Tohoku will be held this weekend, Sunday, October 13, 2013 (Japan time) at the Kodomo-Gekijo, Research Center for Children Art Education, Tohoku University of Art and Design in Yamagata City.
For more information, please visit the website:
Larry Carlton, Robert Williams, and the whole 335 Records team present GIVE BACK JAPAN benefiting The Red Cross & The School Music Revival Project!
The Heart Sutra 般若心経
An Afternoon of Indian Classical Music and Dance
July 13, 2013, 2:00 San Mateo Buddhist Temple
2 S Claremont St. San Mateo, CA 94401
Tickets for July 13th Show:
July 14, 2013, 2:00 Berkeley Piano Club
2724 Haste St. Berkeley, CA 94704
Tickets for July 14th Show:
Mayumi Fukushima and Hitomi Kiriyama of Muyuju
Muyuju (pronounced, Moo/You/Ju)
Come and experience a truly spiritual performance by renowned Japanese dance group Muyuju in their first-ever United States appearance.
Toward a new dance expression, the Odissi dance group Muyuju was formed in 2008 by Mayumi Fukushima and Hitomi Kiriyama who are the Odissi dancers. The Hindustani Classical musicians, Go Arai (violin and sitar) and Shiori Ishida (tabla) participated and are part of the company. Their activities began with the performance of volunteers at various welfare facilities. The characteristic ofMuyuju, is that the dancers usually sit on chairs while performing the dance, while singing the Sanskrit song or telling the translated story. This style was born from Mayumi Fukushima’s physical handicap. They performed at several places, for example, the Embassy of India, Buddhist temples, Fukushima city where the earthquake affected areas, and so on.
“Muyuju” means Ashoka trees, the flowers of which are thought to remove people’s sorrow.
Kalapi Roy-Neogi will join Muyuju as the guest local vocalist. Local Bharatanatyam and Odissi dancers, and musicians will accompany Muyuju dancers in this performance.
Mayumi Fukushima (Odissi)
Hitomi Kiriyama (Odissi)
Go Arai (Sitar/Violin)
Shiori Ishida (Tabla)
Kalapi Roy-Neogi (Vocal)
More Local Dancers and Musicians
All proceeds from this concert are going directly to the Shinryuin Soto Zen Temple in Miyagi, Japan and will be used in its ongoing efforts to help communities recover from the 2011 tsunami in Japan. Shinryuin is the Soto Zen temple where Rev. Kiko Tatedera, the former resident minister of Sokoji Soto Zen Temple in SF Japan Town is helping restoration.
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The Heart Sutra 般若心経
An Afternoon of Indian Classical Music and Dance
July 13, 2013, 2:00
San Mateo Buddhist Temple
2 S Claremont St.
San Mateo, CA 94401
July 14, 2013, 2:00
Berkeley Piano Club
2724 Haste St.
Berkeley, CA 94704
On April 27, ZenPlay, the Edgewood Trio of (Beni Shinohara – violin, Margaret Moores – cello, and Marilyn Thompson – piano), and Himawari-kai co-hosted a fundraising concert in Tiburon, California.
Over 70 people came to celebrate beautiful music, friendship, food and wine in a true testament to the ZenPlay spirit: Play a little, give a lot.
We raised over $8000 in this event, and will send to Ichinoseki Fujinosono, over $6000 in donations (after expenses), to support over 40 children who live in the house. The children are looking forward to moving into their new home after having lived in temporary housing after the earthquake in 2011.
Video: Yuko Inatsuki
Fujinosono images: Steve Yamaguma
Otonowa, the acclaimed ensemble led by jazz drummer Akira Tana will be heading to Japan to perform at several benefit concerts supporting the recover efforts in the Tohoku region.
The Otonowa tour schedule:
26th 7-11:30 pm Satin Doll, Roppongi, Tokyo
27th evening Tono, Iwate @NPO遠野、岩手
28th 10-2:30 Otsuchi, Iwate@NPO大槌、岩手// Evening Kesennuma Shimin Kaikan Chu Hall, Miyagi気仙沼市民会館中ホール、宮城
29th 1 – 9pm Tokiwagi Gakuen HS, Sendai, MIyagi常盤木学園高校・仙台、宮城
30th day/eve Ishinomaki Chuo Kouminkan, Miyagi 石巻中央公民館、宮城
For more information contact Akira Tana at:
The Tohoku Insights 2013 public forum (http://www.tohokuinsights.com) was staged Saturday, March 9, 2013, in recognition of the two year anniversary of the disasters of 3/11.
This public forum featured 6 people who’ve been affected by the disasters and who are involved in the recovery efforts.
The event was live webcast, and can be viewed online at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/jamsj
Friday Feb. 8
Saturday Feb 9
Sunday Feb 10
Don’t miss this moving performance of dance, song, poetry, and interviews from the heart at Castilleja School for the Arts in Palo Alto. Beautiful, artistic interpretations of the events that happened on March 11, 2011 in the Tohoku area of Japan, the students captured the sense of devastation, fear, and loneliness and how connecting as “friends” instilled a spirit of hope and optimism.
The addition of famed Oh-In Taiko and master drummer Jimi Nakagawa http://www.jiminakagawa.com/ fueled the excitement and stirred the emotions.
And, the moments with the “special guests” touched the hearts of everyone in the audience. Gambate kudasai.
Congratulations to Georgi Shea, producer and all the students and performers of Castilleja School.
A Talk By Mr. Yasuteru Yamada
Wednesday, August 1 at 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Cowell Hall Rm. 106, University of San Francisco 2130 Fulton St., between Masonic & Parker
Mr. Yasuteru Yamada represents the Skilled Veterans Corps for Fukushima, an organization composed of retired engineers and other professionals who have volunteered to repair and maintain the reactors. Its members feel that, since their lifespans are limited, they can handle the health risks better than younger people, and spend more time on site. So far, the Japanese government is refusing their assistance.
For information about Mr. Yamada, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 707-888-0923
Eight months after the disaster of March 11, 2011, we visited Ishinomaki and interviewed survivors rebuilding their lives. We condensed these interviews into a 15 minute film, Then and Now, and posted it online. As a direct result, over 20,000 US dollars in funds and supplies have been delivered to Tohoku. But we’re not done yet.
Then and Now is one of 50 semi-finalists in the Youtube, Your Film Festival competition, and you can help us get to the next round.
Please follow the link above and vote for our film: Then and Now.
The top 10 films will be screened at the Venice Film Festival and even more people around the world will have a chance to hear everyone’s stories. Please visit this site and place a vote! http://bit.ly/ishinomaki2venice
Help us support our friends in Ishinomaki and all over Tohoku!
Help us get our film in the top 10. You can vote once a day so please vote every day!
Thank you so much!