Solidarity in Japan: Tohoku Artist Caravan 2013

Two years after the devastating Tsunami in Japan, life goes on.

To brighten their lives TokyoDex has designed the the 2013 Artist Caravan a project that will a bringing a much-needed cultural infusion to the area, beginning a long-term art project designed to help revitalize the local communities hardest hit by the March 2011 disaster.

In April of this year, artists and musicians from all over Japan will gather in the town of Karakuwa, Kesennuma to engage in art installations and live performances culminating in an opening party that features a reunion of former members of the famed taiko ensemble Kodo.

Karakuwa Artscape

The main initiative of the Tohoku Artist Caravan will be the Karakuwa ArtScape, an ongoing art initiate that will change the landscape of the community in a powerful way. At Karakuwa visiting artists will create several murals at various high visibility areas that are symbolic within the community. These large scale works of art will not only serve as a memorial to the disaster but also become beacons of hope for the future, beginning a permanent outdoor art exhibition that would be a strong draw for tourism from both within Japan and overseas.

Pre-Launch

To raise awareness about the project and to showcase some of the artists who will take part in the caravan a pre-launch party on March 8th 2013 will be held in Tokyo, hosted by TokyoDex as part of their art & music series This&That Cafe Vol. 14.

To find out more about the 2013 Tohoku Artist Caravan and to pledge your support please visit the project’s website and Facebook page. If you are interested making donations to the project please check out:

-Campfire  (in Japanese)

-Indiegogo (in English)

About the Author

Thomas is a pentalingual graduate of Modern East Asian Studies from the University of Hong Kong, now based in Japan as editor of Shifteast.com for Mandalah Tokyo.