Fukushima! Mission Statement
On August 15, 2011. was will hold a festival focused on music in Fukushima. We will also carry out diverse project on a long-term basis using this event as a springboard.
The little for the event is Fukushima.
Not No More Fukushima not Stand Up Fukushima. but just Fukushima! free of any adjectives. We want to start by looking at Fukushima in its current state. unvarnished by any words. it is with such a thought in mind that unvarnished by any words. It is with such a thought in mind that musicians and poets who were born and rased in Fukushima came together.
Same may feel that this is no timer a festival, given that Fukushima is faced not only with the damage of the earthquake and the tsunami, but also with a crippled nuclear power plant for which solutions are nowhere in sight.
Despite that, or rather precisely for that reason, we believe that we need music and poetry and art that hold the potential of pointing us to a possible viewpoint on and direction for how to confront really.
Fukushima has come to be known around the world with a stigma. But we will not give up on Fukushima. Even amidst a crisis that may cause our home towns to be lost, we would like to think about the future of Fukushima by retaining its connection with the outside world and the hope of continuing to live in this land. For that too. we need a festival. We need a place where people can gather to converse.
Through the festival, we will let the entire world know about Fukushima as it is now, and as it will be in the future.
We are determined to turn Fukushima into a positive word.
May 8, 2011
Project FUKUSHIMA! Executive Committee
Ryoichi Wago, Michiro Endo, Yoshihide Otomo
official website: http://www.pj-fukushima.jp/jp/
Aug 15th 2011 FESTIVAL FUKUSHIMA!!!!
“ FUKUSHIMA! O-FUROSHIKI”
O-FUROSHIKI as a Prologue
On August 15th,2011. a music centered festival called “8.15 FUKUSHIMA” A Synchronized World wide Festival” was held in Fukushima.This festival marked the kick-off of “Project FUKUSHIMA”, a multi-faceted project launched by two musicians and one poet, each with a strong connection to Fukushima along with numerous others involved in activities in diverse fluid of culture Its mission statement states; “We are determined to turn Fukushima, a name which now has a stigma attached to it worldwide, into a positive world.” You may find this a bit too ambitious; you may think we “unfolded an O-Furoshiki,” - a Japanese expression, that means “blowing one’s own trumpet”? but,inspired by this idiomatic expression, the “Fukushima O-Furoshiki” event was carried out as part of the festival.For this event numerous people had collected vast stretches of cloth, sewn them together, and literally unfolded and spread the resultant huge furoshiki-cloth right across the entire lawn of the venue.Village ofFour Seasons (Shiki-no-Sato)., from the collecting of the cloths to the unfolding of the gigantic Furoshiki. in other words, unfolding our gigantic Furoshiki was just the beginning, as nothing else has happened yet except the unfolding itself. “Project FUKUSHIMA!.” will be a long-term project and it has just begun. If you are interested, let’s take actions together, however modest. Let's remain active until the day when our Furoshiki is fully filled with significant contents.