Concept & Goal
Voices from Japan: Despair and Hope form Disasters

Since the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of March 11, 2011, and through the subsequent hardships of recovery, how have the Japanese people been surviving?

The everyday experiences of the people struggling to rebuild and move forward with their lives have rarely been shared with the world.

This exhibition shares the heart of the Japanese people, through poems, photographs, and portraits.

The exhibition underscores an essential aspect of our increasingly interconnected world: while as global citizens we have unique cultural heritages and influences, as humans we share a common universality --- a common bond.

Today, the world faces various crises. The people of Japan, who have shown such resilience and strength to continue through these hardships, may be a source of inspiration and hope to others.

Our aim is to bring the exhibition to various parts of the United States, as well as other venues worldwide, in the hope that despair from disasters will transform into hope for the future.

Listen to the voices from Japan. And lend yours in response.

Organizers, Voices from Japan: Despair and Hope from Japan
June 2012
Collage by Yoshihito Sakaguchi (photo by Masao Katagami)
Poet reciting her poem (Photo by Masao Katagami)