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Project Sunshine for Japan - Japanese Matinee

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Published on Jan 23, 2014

Sunshine for Japan - Japanese Matinee

Book launch at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2013
Project Sunshine for Japan
Posters, Stories and Poems about Fukushima
フクシマについてのポスター、文集、詩

Following the motto "Your colours can brighten the land of the rising sun again!" we started the "Project Sunshine for Japan" after the devastating triple disaster in Japan in March 2011. We dispayed the project at the world's largest book fair on October 13th, 2013 -- as a Japanese matinee in Book Fair Frankfurt.

It is a worldwide campaign in the form of a poster competition in support of the survivors of the disaster in Fukushima. Around 400 international designers from 40 countries participated in the competition. The response and the quality of the works were overwhelming. A jury of renowned personalities selected the 100 best posters and amongst them, 6 posters received recognition and awards. Sponsors supported the presence of the posters in the form of several exhibitions. The exhibition was held in the following locations: ... the University of Applied Science Dusseldorf, Trade Fair Tokyo, the Japanese Cultural Institute in Cologne, ... the ATC Gallery in Osaka, on the Peace Boat in Nagoya and Kobe Ports with over 5000 visitors, and the "Global Conference for a Nuclear Power Free World 2" in Tokyo, Kulturort Depot (Cultural Centre Depot) Dortmund, "House of Artists" in Teheran with over 1500 visitors and the "Vesal e Shiraz in Souratgar Gallery" in Shiraz.

The purpose of this exhibition is to provide cross-cultural understanding. The participation of various artists and designers from many cultures show.. the different ways of dealing with disasters of this kind, which is very impressive. It enables a worldwide cultural exchange ....as well as the formation of an international network of young creative people and established creative directors and corporations.

The catalogue published in March 2013 presents the award-winning posters for the first time in the form of a comprehensive publication and supplements them with numerous literary articles by international authors -from 15 countries in 13 languages- dealing with the three-fold disaster in various ways. The texts are by Yuri Andrukhovych (Ukraine), Kevin Chen (Taiwan), Mustafa Ijaz (Turkey), Naemi Reymann (Germany), Ryuichi Sakamoto (Japan), Gert Scobel (Germany), Günter Grass (Germany), Izumi Yamaguchi (Japan), Rui Zink (Portugal), and more. The book cover is designed by Uwe Loesch.

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