Virtual Opening Reception of “Beyond the Earthquake, from Fukushima to the World”

Organized by The Nippon Club
Supported by the J.C.C. Fund
(Philanthropic Fund of Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in New York)
In cooperation with the Association of The Marin Day Art Show

It has been ten years since the Great East Japan Earthquake. We once again express our deepest condolences to those who lost their lives in the disaster and their beloved families. We also sincerely hope that the disaster victims who are suffering from the severe effects on their daily lives stay sound and calm.

The Great East Japan Earthquake severely damaged the northeast region of Japan. Over the past ten years, the people affected by the disaster have been working together to overcome many difficulties and strive for reconstruction, despite many hardships. Once again, we would like to express our heartfelt respect.

Commemorating the earthquake’s 10th anniversary, The Nippon Club WEB Gallery will hold an art exhibition entitled “Beyond the Earthquake, from Fukushima to the World.”(Period: March 5 – March 31, 2021) In this exhibition, the contemporary artists who love the sea and pay homage to the ocean will introduce their works of art to honor the tsunami victims.

Mr. Michio Namatame, a contemporary artist living in Koriyama City, Fukushima Prefecture, who has presided over the Marine Day Art Festival since 2015, said, “The rumors of the nuclear accident remain persistent, but the beauty of the sea in my hometown has not changed. Through works of art, we would like many people to know the steps toward Fukushima’s reconstruction. We hope to convey the reconstruction of the mind since the Great East Japan Earthquake and the development of new art in Fukushima through this exhibition. We also hope the exhibition will be used as an example to disseminate Japanese contemporary art to the world.”

This exhibition features 23 flat works and two three-dimensional works by 25 artists.

【Exhibiting Artists】
Yukiko Endo, Hiromi Hasegawa, Akihiro Hoshi, Kimie Igarashi, Miho Ishida, Yoshiko Ishiguro, Yayoi Kobayashi, Mitsuru Kogo, Masako Kurokawa, Akie Kuroki, Kazuyuki Mura, Michio Namatame, Miho Ohashi, Mami Okamoto, Junko Okamoto, Nobuko Shimizu, Noriyo Torigai, Yoko Tsukada, Eiko Watanabe, Emiko Yamada, Eri Yoshida, Mariko Yoshida, Seijyu Yoshida, Sachie Yoshino, Yuki・Hiro

From the left:
「Calm」 Kimie Igarashi
The name of Fukushima became known to the world due to the unprecedented Great East Japan Earthquake. Aizu, where I live, is 130km from the coast, but the lifeline has been cut off. The hardships of those who were forced to evacuate due to the nuclear accident are unimaginable. The Great East Japan Earthquake has taught us many lessons. Ten years have passed, and the calm sea that brings the blessings of the sea is returning. The impression of the mother sea is expressed by drawing a harbor and a ship.

「Watigaiya Kisaragitayuu」 Masako Kurokawa
I drew a scene of “Votive dance” by Tayuu Shimabara of Kyoto to express requiescats’ feelings. It calms the soul of unimaginable sadness and offers a desire for rebirth.

「Prosperity and declination」 Sachie Yoshino
A Chandelier has seen the prosperity and decline of disaster/earthquake. It’s like the Chandelier left behind that day, looking before and after the Great East Japan Earthquake, where everyday life disappeared in an instant. This Chandelier represents witness and prayer who survives various times and watches how people are resurrected.

Virtual Opening Reception of “Beyond the Earthquake, from Fukushima to the World”

Friday, March 5, 2021, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Free of charge
optionally donate to a bento project for healthcare workers
※Up to the first 500 people

The exhibiting artists will talk about their works created in honor of the victims of the disaster. We are grateful to have Mr. Mickie Yoshino, a famous keyboard player, composer, producer, and arranger. Yoshino is known for leading the rock band Godiego. He graduated from the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

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The opening reception will be held in Japanese, but The Nippon Club will be providing real-time subtitles in English through Wordly.

 Exhibiting Artists

Piano, Hammond Organ, Keyboards- Composer, Arranger & Producer

In 1968, he participated in “The Golden Cups,” which was said to be one of Japan’s most powerful Rock bands in the ’60s, and made a pro debut. He studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston in 1971 and also performs band activities in the United States. After graduating in 1974, after returning home to form an ideal band “Godiego,” after forming “Mickey Yoshino Group,” he formed “Godiego” in 1976. Godiego creates hit songs such as “Gandhara” and “Monkey Magic.” While performing a concert in Nepal, China, the United States, and Australia, it becomes a legendary band occupying a unique position in Japanese rock history. “The Water Margin.” The song got up to number 16 in the UK singles chart. He has also produced numerous hits in movie and CM music production, and won the 2004 Japan Academy Award for Best Music in the movie “Swing Girls” (Altamira Pictures). In 2004, the band members of Golden Cups regrouped to entertain. In 2006, the band members of Godiego also regrouped to entertain. In 2015-2018 appeared regularly on radio and TV shows: NHK radio “Shinyabin” and TVK “ Yokohama Hai Kara Night.” In 2019, won 1st place as the best pianist on “Teppen,” Fuji TV competition varsity show, which determines who was the best pianist is in the Japanese entertainment industry.



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