On March 11, 2011, Japan was struck by the shockwaves of a 9.0 magnitude undersea earthquake originating less than 50 miles off its eastern coastline. The most powerful earthquake to have hit Japan in recorded history, it produced a devastating tsunami with waves reaching heights of over 130 feet that in turn caused an unprecedented multireactor meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. This triple catastrophe claimed almost 20,000 lives, destroyed whole towns, and will ultimately cost hundreds of billions of dollars for reconstruction. Japan has continued to face a growing humanitarian challenges 6 years after.
Former dancer, choreographer, a talented Japanese artist Kosi HIDAMA, reacted immediately after 3.11 created a social network group ‘Act for Japan.be’ on the internet via Facebook, within ten days this attracted 344 people of mixed nationality and of various professions who live in Belgium and across Europe.
As we had learnt the scale and level of complexity of direct and indirect damages day by day, many of the group members came to realize that there was a need for an official structure in order to effectively and efficiently organize relief and reconstruction efforts for Japan over the long-term. With the initiative taken by Kosi a group of Japanese artists and professionals had come together to create a NPO organization, ‘Act for Japan.be’ in Brussels.
We believe, Art in any form, music to dance to painting to architecture, has a unique healing power and can act as a processing resource to help us to feel and make sense of experience. Physical loss other than lives lost can be regained, however physiological damage may linger years after the disaster if not life time. We are committed to deliver not just financial aids but to fully support emotional recovery of both direct & indirect victims of 311 disaster, and contribute to realize a new & better country of Japan.
As we experience universally ever growing changes at every level of social aspects from economics, consumerism, immigration, politics, ecology, health, education, finance, technology, widening gap in inequalities within nations as well as individuals, I feel importance of social bonding movement at grassroots level more than ever and strive to make efforts to connect people from all walks of lives beyond nationality, cultural & religious background in collaboration with policy makers.
My mentor, Jean Houston, Ph.D., scholar, philosopher, researcher in Human Capacities and a prolific writer, brilliantly illustrates the emerging needs of heightened collective consciousness as we are part of the universe that is act in progress, and this is the time and we are the people who can co-create visions. We need societies where we get together teaching learning and growing body, mind and spirit together. Let us expand our inner capacity, expand our radical sense of empathy.
“The times of great change and remarkable opportunity are upon us. To succeed we can no longer go it alone, but must partner with one another to share innovative and creative ways in which to rethink and restructure our individual existence within the context of our expanding global communities. To do this requires a heightened awareness, an awakened sense of purpose, and a dedicated commitment to actively seek out the possible.” – a quote by Jean Houston.
In observation of the 7th year anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake, AFJ.BE is planning to hold and support events to commemorate how much progress has been made and to assess what area we need to bring further attention and resources to restore welfare state as well as physical estate in disaster struck regions.read more
From 6th April 2011 in Brussels, Belgium
Embassy of Japan in Brussels (10-25/03/2016)read more
Bal Moderne Ostend Belgium (30/07/2011)read more
Initial 2 Years – Fund Raising Activities + Charity Eventsread more
The BBC's Damian Grammaticas has travelled to a tsunami-hit town in eastern Japan and says in the report, "Yuriage" once a pleasant fishing port housing more than 7,000 people before 3.11, but has been "wiped from the map" and rubble is all that remains. As a part of...read more
In collaboration with MoMu, Act for Japan BE had a week of photography exhibition, the collection of footage one year after 311. Set in the heart of the city’s fashion district, Antwerp’s fashion Museum is a dynamic and inspiring space with soaring ceilings and...read more
Very first symposium in Europe Towards a New Re-Construction after 311 Tsunami in North-East Japan hosted by RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects), London and Bozar (Centre for Fine Arts), Brussels.read more
Magic Mirror Tour & Taxi Brussels (28/05/2011) Move For Japan is a special evening of dancers, circassians, musicians, and DJs from a collection of artist based in Belgium who believe in coming together for a good cause, to raise funds for the 311 disaster....read more
Tuur Florizoone, a versatile and stylish Belgium accordionist showed solidarity towards Japan 3.11 reconstruction project and presented a solo charity performance @ prestigious entertainment stage of Magic Mirror set in Tour & Taxi in Brussels . He won the ‘Public...read more
Workshop, Lecture, Exposition SOMA-Yaki Japan in Europe (04-06/04/2012)read more
Looking to Volunteer in the heart of Europe, Brussels? Opportunities to learn Japanese Culture while contributing to 311 reconstructing project in Japan. All of our works are done by friendly volunteers with generous support extended by individuals, corporates and institutions transcending nationalities, religion and culture.
Kazushi ONO BOARD MEMBER, A Music Director "La Monnaie" Brussels 2002-2009, A Principal Conductor "The Opéra National de Lyon" 2008-2013, A Music Director "The Barcelona Symphony and Catalonia National Orchestra" 2014 - Present Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony...read more
Kosi Hidama 1st Chief Representative, Initial Co-Founder, Board Member, Creative Designer Kosi Hidama was born in Okayama, Japan. He came over to Belgium in 1993 to work as a dancer. His carrier in dance and performance with Belgian and European artists brought...read more
BOARD MEMBER, Co-Founder ROSAS BELGIUM, participated in "Festival d’Avignon 2007" together with Benjamin Verdonck and Alain Platel with the Dance Performance Project "NINE FINGER" 2007. WEBSITE In 1979, she entered MUDRA, Maurice Béjart’s dance school, where she met...read more
Yuriko ONO BOARD MEMBER, International Journalist & columnist A journalist and columnist at Monthly News Magazine « Foresight » at Shinchosha/ Nikkei Marketing Journal (since June 2001 –...read more
Dr. Shizuka Hariu Active Member, Art Direction, Event Facilitator. Yuriage Town Centre Co-Founder. WEBSITE Dr. Shizuka Hariu is a interdisciplinary designer and scenographer. Since 2009, she is co-director of the office SHSH ARCHITECTURE + SCENOGRAPHY. She is also a...read more
Shin Bogdan Hagiwara Active Member, Art Direction, Event Facilitator. WEBSITEShin Bogdan Hagiwara is a Belgian architect in Brussels. After graduating from the Institut Supérieur d’Architecture Victor Horta in Brussels, he worked for Paul Robbrecht & Hilde Daem...read more
Sally Warihashi 2nd Chief Representative and Co-Founder, Founder VINOWA SPRL Belgium A versatile Business Consultant specialized in the field of Research and Analysis covering the sectors of Diet & Health, Well-being and Human Capacities. The Founder of VINOWA...read more
Mariko Matsue Active Member and Co-Founder. Media Coordinator, Art & Music Edition and Event Facilitator., Company Freelance Interpreter/Journalist/Media Coordinator, her career prior to becoming an independent entrepreneur includes a research librarian at German...read more
Sachiyo Honda Active Member - Event facilitator, Art Direction. Flickr Sachiyo Honda is a versatile artist in the field of visual and performing arts such as painting, performance and craftsmanship. Born in 1963 Tokyo Japan, she studied a Japanese traditional painting...read more
Miku Enomoto Active Member - Event facilitator, Art Direction. Née en 1972 à Tokyo, Japon. Fabrique des objets en tissu et en crochet. 1972年 東京生まれ 1998年 渡白 現在ブリュッセル在住 編み物、縫い物、刺繍などのテクニックを用い、身体とテキスタイルを融合させるべく作品を制作。 映画、物語、文学作品などから影響を受け制作。 Née en 1972 à Tokyo, Japon....read more
Hiroyuki Yamamoto Active Member, Media Coordinator (PR, Pubulication and Edition)., Company Media creator based in Brussels. Inspiration Publishing and Aoitori Belgium are his main activities. He is a regular contributor for various charity events in the fields of...read more
Hiro Ojima Ad-hoc Member, Creative Designer, Visual and Performing Artist. Born in Tokyo Graduated NIHON Univ. collage of Art Drama section, Graduated TAMA Art UNIV. Department of Fine Artsil painting section WebsiteParticipation in the artist in residence / Cité...read more
A dancer/performer based in Brussels. Born in 1984. Studied dance at Japan Woman's College of Physical Education. Moved to Belgium in 2004, to study contemporary dance at PARTS(Performing Arts Researching and Training Studios). She started her professional career from...read more
Ryoko Abe Ad-hoc Member, Creative Designer Ryoko Abe has 15 years of professional experience in graphic and web design based in Brussels and Tokyo. She has excellent knowledge of the EU graphic rules and regulations for printed and online material. Abe’s...read more