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US-Japan Artist Roundtable on Human Connections and Emotional Resilience


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2020年9月27日 10:30 – 12:00 JST

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阿部 浩之(あべ ひろゆき)さん遠藤 夏香(えんどう なつか)さん







FOFA会長 後藤太一


This month we are hosting an exciting online roundtable with an US-Japan artistic team.

Our topic is “Human Connections and Emotional Resilience.”

The COVID-19 pandemic created the unprecedented circumstances this year. Making a dire situation even worse on both sides of the Pacific, we continue to experience the effects of climate change: record breaking heavy rain flooded many parts of the island of Kyushu, and wildfires burn in California, cloaking some areas with smoke and turning Oakland’s sky orange.

As we seem to be in a perpetual “state of emergency,” FOFA would like to invite you to join us in a conversation on a unique way to acknowledge grief and access hope through art.

We welcome four artists to lead our roundtable conversation, moderated by FOFA Vice-President Honomi Ijima.

Sue Mark & Bruce Douglas

For more than 20 years, the Oakland-based creative team marksearch has been designing interactive opportunities for communities to publicly share personal histories for empowerment. From neighbor-led walking discussions to sidewalk performances, commemorative plaques recognizing generations’ old collective knowledge, and collaborative murals, their global projects preserve neighborhood narratives.

Hiroyuki Abe & Endo Natsuka

Based in Tokyo, Natsuka Endo and Hiroyuki Abe work together as an artist duo, as well as making artworks individually. Their works are based on artistic research about local history or the people who lived there, making installations with drawings and videos to visualize their memories and personal experiences.


Our guests are currently collaborating on a participatory art project “Journey Itself Home,” a poetic act of radical caring to rebuild social trust. Based on first-person narratives from the Fukushima 311 Disaster, the artists team will engage the public to share lessons of emotional resilience from  survivors of the Great East Japan Earthquake.

Our event is set at a time that is compatible for both Japan and Pacific Time Zones.

We hope many of you will join us in the trans-Pacific conversation on how art can bring people together and be an act of healing.

You're welcome to speak in Japanese and English. (Our bilingual members will provide interpretive support.)

We hope that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy during this challenging and unprecedented time.

Taichi Goto

FOFA President

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