About Flower Project

About Flower Project

What is this picture?

Many lost houses due to the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011. They are still living in temporary houses. Spending long time at temporary makes it difficult to keep themselves motivated to their lives. As a result, some develop depression.

I painted their portraits in Ootsuchi Apartment, Iwate in 2011.

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One old lady who was working as Ama. (Ama is the job to get shell fishes by skin diving in the sea). She seemed could not speak well probably because unspeakable sufferings she went through the disaster, and her facial expression was stiff and impassive.

But when I started draw her portrait, her facial expression softened and she begun speak her life for me. Finally she told me that she lost home and ship by the tsunami. She seemed happy to see her portrait and brought tears in her eyes. She has lost all her photo albums with her home.

About Flower Project

Probably because many of them lost everything including their photo albums with the tsunami, they were happy for their portraits which I drew.
The lady in down- right said to me.
When she went to check out the home after first impact of tsunami with her friend, the sudden the second wave of tsunami came. The friend beside her was swept away by that wave right next to her. She told me that she loves pink flower, so I drew her portrait with pink in the background.

About Flower Project

After feeling confirmed that art is welcomed by people in the affected area, I started to visit temporary houses in Tohoku coast area with the members of organization and started to drew pictures. The Flower Project is the organization, through the power of art, attempts to affect people’s feeling, the sense of value, or the value of the land.

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