Act for japan BE

About US

FORMATION
2011.03.11

Following the devastating earthquake and tsunami on Friday 11 March which measured 9.0 on the Richter scale (hereafter called “311”), Japan has continued to face a growing humanitarian challenges.Former dancer, choreographer, a talented Japanese artist Kosi HIDAMA, reacted immediately after 311 create a social network group “Act for JAPAN” 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 learned the scale and level of complexity of direct and indirect damages day by day, many of the group members have come 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, Belgium.

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.

Message from Sally, 2nd Chief Representative

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 or social classes 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.

NEWS

comming events
March 2018 7th Anniversary Week

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.

Proposed Social Activities 7th Anniversary week – Documentary Film Screening

A selection of documentary films are to be screened (approval pending by production companies) by which we can obtain a historical account with the chronological footage from Chernobyl to Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disasters. It goes beyond to portrait the world filled with nuclear waste generated by war ammunition on top of nuclear power plants. It provides us with precious findings and raw data which serve to educate general public in reference to the nature and extent of the radiation contamination and to offer insights in preventive methods thorough various social activities.

Proposed Social Activities 7th Anniversary week – 311 Reportage

Immediately after the earthquake, photographers from around the country, and the world, flocked to the devastated area documenting every inch of the devastated coastline. An extraordinary breadth of projects and approaches have emerged around 311 in the past 6 years. We organise a series of artistic presentation of social concerns around the disaster.

Peace Forum 2018 One Film Brings Love & Inspiration.

Social Art Film “Jun Ai” Screening and Panel Discussion in Belgium. One Film Brings Love and Inspiration transcending language, nationality and faith. At the end of WWII in China 320,000 Japanese settlers were turned refugees overnight. The film, a fascinating portrait of a story of co-existence of refugees and Chinese villagers, was officially invited by *UNHCR Refugee Film Festival in Tokyo in 2008. The objective of the producer, screen writer and lead actress, Keiko Kobayashi, is to bring people together through a social art film and help to find compassion for one another. The film has received 8 awards in the international film festivals such as Best Feature Film Award of Sedona International Film Festival in 2012. *The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, also known as the UN Refugee Agency. http://www.humanrightsfilmnetwork.org/festivals/unhcr-refugee-film-festival

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Event History
  • How Bells Connect Belgium and Japan

    How Bells Connect Belgium and Japan

    How Bells Connect Belgium and Japan
  • Invisible needs of life

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    Embassy of Japan in Brussels (10-25/03/2016)

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    Invisible needs of life
  • Act for Japan BE Portfolio 2011 – 2012

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    Act for Japan BE Portfolio 2011 – 2012
  • Bon-Odori

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    Café Koer (30/07)

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    Bon-Odori
  • Act for Japan BE Photo Exhibition @ MoMu (Mode Museum) Antwerp’s fashion Museum

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    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 distinctive contemporary architecture. The building is also home to the Fashion Department of the Academy, and the relationship between the two institutions ensures that MoMu is very much a living museum with active links to contemporary fashion culture as well as historical expertise.

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    Act for Japan BE Photo Exhibition @ MoMu (Mode Museum) Antwerp’s fashion Museum
  • Towards a new re-construction SYMPOSIUM 311 TSUNAMI

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    Vert 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.

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    Towards a new re-construction SYMPOSIUM 311 TSUNAMI
  • SOMO-Yaki

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    Exposition about SOMA-Yaki (04-06/04/2012)

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    SOMO-Yaki
  • Donation Fact Sheet 2011

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    Donation Fact Sheet 2011.

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    Donation Fact Sheet 2011
  • Move for Japan – Fund Raising Performing Arts Event in Brussels

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    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. Coordinated and directed by Jamie Lee.

    Program:
    David Zambrano
    James O’hara & Gala Moody
    Samuel Lefeuvre
    Peter Jasko
    Nicanor De Elia
    Kenzo Tokuoka
    Charlotte Greenblatt
    Anuschka Von Oppen
    Kazutomi Kozuki

    Musicians Alex et les Japonaises
    Poster designed by Ryoko Abe

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    Move for Japan – Fund Raising Performing Arts Event in Brussels
  • Initial Round of Fund Raising Campaign Act For Japan BE

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    Initial round of fund raising campaign started a few weeks after 3.11.2011. Poster designed by Ryoko Abe.

     

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    Initial Round of Fund Raising Campaign Act For Japan BE
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Our History

From 6th April 2011 in Brussels, Belgium

OUR MEMBERS

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
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
Kazushi Ono cherishes music’s power to bring people together. His manner in rehearsal, quiet and calm, exudes qualities of openness and receptivity.
Yuriko ONO
Yuriko ONO
BOARD MEMBER, International Journalist & columnist
A journalist and columnist at Monthly News Magazine “Foresight” at Shinchosha/ Nikkei Marketing Journal (since June 2001 – Present)
Fumiyo IKEDA
Fumiyo IKEDA
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.
In 1979, she entered MUDRA, Maurice Béjart’s dance school, where she met Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. In 1983 she joined the newly-founded company rosas. Between 1983 and 2008 she contributed to the creation of and danced in almost all the productions: Rosas danst Rosas, Elena’s Aria, Bartók / Aantekeningen, Mikrokosmos, Ottone,Ottone, Stella, Achterland, Toccata, Just Before, Drumming, I said I, In Real Time,Rain, April me, the Repertory Evening, Bitches Brew / Taco- ma Narrows, Kassandra, Raga for the Rainy Season, D’un soir un jour, Zeitung and the revivals of Mozart / Concert Arias and Woud. Fumiyo also contributed to several of rosas’ films and videos: Repetitions, Hoppla!, Monoloog van Fumiyo Ikeda op het einde van Ottone Ottone, Ottone Ottone I & II, Achterland, CounterPhrases and Rosa directed by Peter Greenaway, Alongside her activity within rosas, Fumiyo Ikeda also worked with Steve Paxton, Needcompany, Josse De Pauw and Tom Jansen. She has participated in several films and theatre plays. In 2007 she created Nine Finger with Benjamin Verdonck and Alain Platel. This performance was selected for the Festival d’Avignon 2007. She appeared in the production in pieces, a collaboration with the British playwright and director Tim Etchells that premiered in june 2009. She performed in Life and Times, Episode 2, a performance in collaboration with Nature Theater of Oklahoma (2010). Since last season, she is the rehearsal director of Rosas danst Rosas. In 2013 she created amness with the Japanese dancer Un Yamada. She performed in Absence, a piece by Peter Verhelst and Eric Joris, in 2015
Kosi Hidama
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 him to the essence of Occidental aesthetics.   Meanwhile living as a foreigner in Europe Hidama discovered the profound value of Japanese culture that could still offer various possibility of beauty and philosophy.   After the catastrophic earthquake followed by a tremendous tsunami and nuclear accident in Fukushima Hidama met potters who had to evacuate for their life.   This experience gave him sorrowful feelings to not only artisans in Fukushima but all the traditional skillful works that is disappearing internationally. In the same time he was fascinated by the possibility of pottery as an art format. Then he decided to start creating pottery work by himself to see what Japanese culture in him could offer in Europe.   Soon after he started study pottery at Academie Beeldende Kunsten Anderlecht in Brussels. Axel Vervoordt became interested in Hidama’s work. And in the end of 2013 Vervoordt asked him to produce pottery together. Now Hidama is working for both Axel Vervoordt company’s production and his own creation.
Sally Warihashi
Sally Warihashi
2nd Chief Representative and Co-Founder
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 SPRL, a cross cultural event and marketing facilitator, based in Brussels since 2007. She is actively involved in international social activities in relation to raise collective consciousness towards a world of sustainable society. She promotes cultural, social & educational events through organization of workshop, seminar and interactive courses. Currently promoting Arigato Zen, a voice-meditation method developed by Dr. Soho Machida based on his 20-yrs of experience in the Rinzai School, one of three Zen Buddhism Temple in Japan, together with his international academic experience in the Integrated Arts & Sciences. Sha also supports a global facilitation of social art film screening of “Jun Ai” and its vision of “One World, One Love, One Family”. http://www.arigatozen.com/arigato-zen-en.php http://jun-ai.biz/
Shin Bogdan Hagiwara
Shin Bogdan Hagiwara
Active Member, Art Direction, Event Facilitator.
Shin 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 and for Pierre Blondel for 6 years. In 1999, he co-founded the award-winning architecture studio Bureau Vers plus de bien- être / V+ with Thierry Decuypere and Jorn Aram Bihain. In 2009, he established the new design office SHSH ARCHITECTURE + SCENOGRAPHY with Shizuka Hariu, expanding the design in cross-cultural contexts, both in Europe and Japan. His major completed projects include the public architecture Sauvenière cinema and Bonheur Provisoire for the Expo 58, as well as several residential projects, such as Limite collective housing with art studios, Poissons house with art gallery, Rittweger house and Vanderstappen house. His work has been recognised with several awards, such as the nomination for the Mies van der Rohe – European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture in 2015 and 2009, the Bruxelles-Horta Award in 2014 and 2008, the Steel Construction Award in 2014, the Liège’s City Public Award in 2008 and the Belgian Building Award in 2009. Recently, he won the public architecture competition for Morlanwelz Library. Since 2010, Shin Hagiwara has been actively collaborating with SHAA/Shoichi Haryu Architect & Associates, he won the Sakata Crematorium Proposal in Japan and he has been supporting the reconstruction after disaster by tsunami in North-East Japan. He has been assisting intensively the reconstruction works, including the prize winning collective housing in Iwanuma city.
Dr. Shizuka Hariu
Dr. Shizuka Hariu
Active Member, Art Direction, Event Facilitator. Yuriage Town Centre Co-Founder.
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 member of the Society of British Theatre Designers and the Japan Association of Theatre Designers and Technicians. She designed the exhibition and lighting design for the epic architectural exhibition Sensing Spaces, which was commissioned by the Royal Academy of Arts in London. She has also debuted her scenography design for Cloud/Crowd at the New National Theatre in Tokyo. Shizuka presented her work at PQ 2015 and Make/Believe UK design for Performance at V&A as part of the UK representation team of New National Exhibition in 2015. She has designed for a wide variety of stage productions throughout Europe, primarily in Belgium, UK and in Japan. She specialises in design for contemporary dance, her designs were seen in Réflexions sur la Table Verte (Olga de Soto), Kunsten Festival Centre 2012 (Kunstenfestivaldesarts), Pénombre (Rosalba Torres, Les ballets C de la B), Compil d’Avril (Charleroi Danses), LoveLoveRobot (Yasuyuki Endo, Star Dancers Ballet), Closer (Deep Blue), Kaku (Maha Works), Hopscotch (Rabbit Hole Collective), City:Zen (Shobana Jeyasingh), View Masters (Rebecca September) and Sacred Monsters (Akram Khan Company and Sylvie Guillem) which performed with glowing reviews internationally. These productions have premiered and toured in venues such as Sadler’s Wells and The Place theatre in London, La Monnaie Opera House and Beursschouwburg in Brussels, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and Centre Pompidou in Paris, Sydney Opera House, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, HAU2 in Berlin and many others. Her works have since extended to Benjamin Britten’s opera production, A Time There Was (Frederic Wake- Walker), and the theatre production Trout Stanley (Matt Steinberg). Earlier in her career she assisted the Belgian scenographer Jan Versweyveld for the opera I Due Foscari and for Bitches Brew (Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker/Rosas). She obtained a Master degree of Engineering in Architecture at Tokyo University of Science in 2000. She started a doctoral research at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and she has submitted her PhD by Published works ‘Between the Imaginary and the Concrete – Scenography for Contemporary Dance’ in UK. Shizuka Hariu won the D&AD Pencil Award and noimnated for the German Design Award 2017 for the exhibition design work and she was also nominated for the Kisaku Ito New Theatre Design Award by JATDT in Japan for scenography works. She obtained architectural awards, including Morlanwelz Library, Sakata Crematorium in collaboration with SHAA and many others. She was awarded grants from the Japanese Government and the POLA Arts Foundation. She is preparing the new production No Body for the Sadler’s Wells Theatre as well as the new production at New National Theatre Tokyo.
Mariko Matsue
Mariko Matsue
Active Member and Co-Founder. Media Coordinator, Art & Music Edition and Event Facilitator.
Freelance Interpreter/Journalist/Media Coordinator, her career prior to becoming an independent entrepreneur includes a research librarian at German Institute for Japanese Studies (Deutches Institut für Japanstudien: DIJ) in Tokyo, then a full-time lecturer at the Section Japanology, Catholic University of Leuven (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven: KUL). She works with major Japanese media and news agencies such as Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Kyodo News, NHK, TBS and FNN. She has been involved in various European Commission projects as a senior coordinator and interpreter. In 2006, she organised an international symposium “The New Era of Carillon Art: How Bells Connect Belgium and Japan” at Royal Carillon School ‘Jef Denyn’ in Mechelen, as one of the official event of 150 Years Friendship between Japan and Belgium.
Sachiyo Honda
Sachiyo Honda
Active Member – Event facilitator, Art Direction.
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 in Musashino Art University. Since 1996 she has been based in Europe, however travels extensively to actively expand her career and develope new techniques and expressions. She studied in “Ecole national supérieure des arts visuels de La Cambre” in Brussels where she learned with Cecile Massert the skills in installation art, with Sabri Meddeb and Michael Northam in video performance and experimental music. It aided her to discover intersecting points between visual arts and human senses, enabled her to refine her own visual and conceptual vocabulary. She received a diploma of Art Therapy from “Haut Ecole Libre Bruxelles” in 2014. Sachiyo has participated in numerous exhibitions and Art Festivals worldwide.
Miku Enomoto
Miku Enomoto
Active Member – Event facilitator, Art Direction.
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. Fabrique des objets en tissu et en crochet. Elle s’inspire de livres, de films, de différentes sources qui racontent le réel, et ensuite elle le transforme en utilisant les matières et tissus au gré de son imagination.
Hiroyuki Yamamoto
Hiroyuki Yamamoto
Active Member, Media Coordinator (PR, Pubulication and Edition).
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 printing, design, translation and website management. Active member, Media Coordinator, Eiditor and Publisher. Média créateur basé à Bruxelles. Inspiration Publishing et Aoitori Belgique sont ses activités principales. Hiro contribue régulièrement à divers événements caritatifs dans les domaines de imprimerie, design, traduction et site web. Media Creator in Brussel. Inspiration Publishing en Aoitori België zijn zijn belangrijkste bedrijven. Hiro werkt vaak voor charity evenementen met zijn specialiteiten van drukkerij, design, vertaling en website. ブリュッセル在住メディアクリエイター。インスピレーション出版とベルギー青い鳥を運営している。様々なチャリティー企画において印刷、デザイン、翻訳、ウェブサイトその他のボランティアを行う。
Ryoko Abe
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 major assignments for professional creative filed include: Conceptualisation and design of visual communication of EU funded projects: DG AGRI / ENRD CP: Visual Identity, Web visual contents creation, Publication (Newsletter, Magazine, Brochures), DG EMPL: Youth on the Move (Initiation of creative proposition (conception) and production of posters, brochures in 23 languages, flash promotion cards; DG Research: Print publication, Website Mock-ups; DG SANCO: Realization of creative campaign, One health, Commercial Practice Campaign; Realisation of the Berlaymont banner for Anti Pesticide campaign.
Hiro Ojima
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 Participation in the artist in residence / Cité International des Arts (Paris France) Studying in master degree / La Cambre (Ecole national superieure des arts visuels) (Brussels Belgium) Graduated Spécialisation of Art therapy at Haute École Libre de Bruxelles – Ilya Prigogine (Brussels, Belgium)

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