We, Sachi Miyachi (an artist who lives in Amsterdam) and Nishiko (an artist who lives in Den Haag) visited the Tsunami stricken area individually; respectively 10 months and a half year after the disaster, to verify that the tragic images on TV were real. In Miyagi prefecture, we were left speechless by the ruined landscapes; local people told us of their experiences and their lives after the disaster. We do not yet know how to respond to their stories. But we are both thankful for their kindness; our trips became valuable experiences because of them.
Wanting to express our gratitude to them, we spoke about our experiences at the disaster area at Hope Step Japan!. Even though our trips were too short to truly know their hardships, it was meaningful to be able to share our experiences with those in the Netherlands for whom the disaster is so far beyond their grasp.
While preparing for the lecture, we came across interesting information about the earthquake and the tsunami. We decided to take this opportunity to make a collaborative art project. We are now gathering more information together.
Repairing earthquake project by Nishiko www.nishiko55.com/eq
The starting point of this presentation is simply our anger towards the current situation. So many people have been forced to leave their hometowns because of the radiation spreading from the Fukushima nuclear power plant that could have been avoided. We find it incredibly contradictive that the electricity companies and government that are responsibility for the Fukushima issue, are already demanding to resume other nuclear power plants, while citizens of Fukushima are still living in fear and not enough compensation. Moreover, that these facts tend to be covered and hidden by the media instead of reaching the public.
One of the lessons we’ve learned from the last year is the importance of seeking the facts by ourselves instead of depending on media. Our fault is in disregarding the past and repeating the same mistake that already occurred in the Chernobyl disaster.
In the lecture series and information booths, you will face honest anger, sorrow and regret that the Japanese mass media will never expose. It is a place to encounter the truth, aimed at building a solid foundation towards directing our future better.
Juri Suzuki from Fukushima, in my presentation at ‘Hope Step Japan’. She talked about her thoughts after working for the backup people in Fukushima. What would happen in Fukushima in the future? How in fact children and their parents are copping with their living conditions – to deliver the facts that only those who live in Fukushima now can know about. She also introduced Kota Asano’s work ‘Earth in Architecture’ via a live Skype conversation. He is an architect born and based in Fukushima, currently presenting this project in Fukushima city and Nihonmatsu city in Fukushima prefecture. In this project he created an architectural space where the children living in Fukushima can get in touch with natural materials. These children are deprived from playing outside because they can’t evacuate from the areas affected by radiation. In the project he collects leaves or earth samples that are not contaminated from various places in Japan or overseas.
Jorien de Lege (Greenpeace) Jorien de Lege (1982) is campaigner for the Climate & Energy team at Greenpeace Netherlands. She specializes in nuclear energy and nuclear waste. Jorien has a masters degree in psychology and a postdoctoral education in journalism. She is also a radiation specialist for Greenpeace. Before working as a campaigner, she was a journalist at the Dutch national newspaper De Volkskrant.
Martijn Overman (Greenchoice) Employee of Greenchoice for 4 years. Works on the business/projects market and consults in investments in renewable energy. Studies Japanese and Japanese economy in Rotterdam after multiple visits to Japan, before and after the earthquake.
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Dr. Simon van Dullemen(associate professor Radiation Protection at Leiden University Medical Center), Yuka Mizusawa (researcher in Academic Medical Center)
The earthquake and tsunami on 11 March, 2011 in Japan caused substantial damage to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, resulting in radiation. The local residents, especially those with small children, are very anxious about the long term health effects of the radiation. Kyoko Onishi, an expert in “Yakuzen” or “Medicinal Cuisine,” visited Fukushima and the Tohoku areas in the Fall of 2011. Her 30 years experience teaching about the importance of a good diet to health are especially relevant to residents of the affected areas and her visits and lessons in Fukushima and Tohoku will continue in the future. Resume of KYOKO ONISHI Since 1981 Kyoko Onishi moved to Belgium , then have been engaging in teaching and leading the health with food in Europe after studying from Lima Ohsawa Style. Kyoko Onishi started her style based on Japanese traditional medicinal cooking style, and suggests “Looking for your own diet with seven differences of constitution and condition” through cooking class, lecture and workshop in Europe and Japan.