Three years have already passed since the earthquake disaster occurred in the Tohoku area. Today, media coverage has decreased and we rarely think of Fukushima as we go about our daily lives.
Seven years ago, Ichizawa Shinzaburo Hanpu participated in a project in support of the victims of Chernobyl by making special bags for a charity event. Who would have imagined such a terrible incident would also occur in Japan.
Recently, we have also collaborated with the charity project, “Minna Sorano Shita (Everyone under One Sky)”, organized by mothers in Kyoto in support of the children of Fukushima. The bags have the gentle illustrations of Seitaro Kuroda, a popular Japanese illustrator. Through this charity effort, money will be donated to kindergartens for building a sandbox indoors and buying hand soap for the children to use when they come in from outdoors. The children of Fukushima still can’t play outdoors for more than an hour because of the radiation. They can’t gather flowers nor pick up fallen leaves or the tiny acorns. Teachers at the kindergarten wash the children’s hands gently yet thoroughly when they come back from outside. Mothers in Fukushima try as much as they can not to think about the radiation. Although they’re terrified of it in their hearts, they need to push it out of their minds in order to move forward.
We hope that these bags will be a chance for us to keep Fukushima in our minds and serve as the catalyst for new dreams and relationships. Please spare a thought for Fukushima whenever you use these bags.
Please note that these bags are not available at our shop. To purchase, please contact “Minna Sorano Shita”.
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