Tuesday, 19 April 2011

SPIRIT OF HOPE charity comic for Japan /New Zealand


Inko joined in this charity anthology by donating 3 page comic art "The Ship" written by Richmond Clements.

The comic is edited by Alan Cowsill for the Comic book Alliance http://www.comicbook.org.uk/ to raise funds for the people of Japan and New Zealand after the terrible earthquakes and tsunami.

I'll update when it's out!
Thank you!! :D

Saturday, 16 April 2011

Art blossom Japanrelief Aid Art Project

One of my artist friend Nipponaisuki organised a new project!
The following is from his blog entry about it:

It has been 11 days since the huge earthquake struck Japan on 11th March with a magnitude of 9.0 that occurred 80 miles away from Japan’s northern coast. Being the largest earthquake to hit Japan in its recorded history and the 4th largest worldwide, Japan has also been hit hard by Tsunami waves leaving a large wake of destruction and devastation. Moreover, Japan faces an ongoing battle to contain its Fukushima nuclear reactor plant, to ensure national and global safety.

Despite these tragic events, there are many stories of solidarity, compassion and fighting for survival emerging, offering much hope and inspiration.

To show their support and appreciation towards a country that first inspired them to pursue a life of creativity, Manga artist and Illustrator Juan-Carlos Cambón (DeadlyKawaii/ Nipponaisuki) and Master calligrapher Hiroko-Fukuda (art Project Wakoshi), have set up project ART BLOSSOM JAPAN to raise funding towards those directly affected by this natural disaster.

Working with talented Manga artist and Illustrators Zarina Liew (Cobalt Café), Inko and Chie Kutsuwada (Umisen-Yamasen), this project’s aim is to unite Manga-ka/Comic artists and Illustrators from all corners of the world to help raise funds towards supporting those who are without homes or have lost loved ones in Japan, by donating their artwork. ART BLOSSOM JAPAN does not stop here however as there is a more long-term goal to continue to donate towards charitable causes around the world.

This is a project created by artists, for artists, to come together and offer their unique skills and their blossoming creations to help and inspire others in need.

With Japan coming into its iconic spring “Hanami” Sakura blossoming season , this is a call for Manga/ Comic artists and Illustrators to let your creativity bloom and send a message of encouragement to help make the deeply artistic and cultural country of Japan blossom in full bloom once more!

Donated artwork from Artists will be displayed and sold through the Art Blossom Japan site, along with all the artists details, at the Artist's suggested price and 100% of all proceeds raised (minus shipping fees) will be donated to Red Cross Relief Aids and selected charities, with the aim to continue to help donate to causes around the world. Art Blossom Japan is a non-profit organization.

We are accepting originals and printed artwork submissions from Manga-ka/ Comic artists and Illustrators from around the world.
All submissions will be reviewed in the first instance and should have some reference to Japan.

The ART BLOSSOM JAPAN website will be released Very soon!

For further details please send enquiries to: enquiries@artblossomjapan.com

Thursday, 14 April 2011

20th April - Heart Japan event!

Inko and Chie will be in Heart Japan charity event on 20th April!
There are exhibition, manga portrait, manga wall, auctions... and more!!

See you at Vibe Bar in Brick Lane!

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Film screening & talk at ICA, London!!

Friday 8 April 6.30pm

Artist Film Club features the public premiere of David Blandy's latest work Child of the Atom. Inspired by his grandfather's belief that the atomic bombing of Hiroshima saved his life when he was a POW held by the Japanese, Child of the Atom revolves around footage of Blandy and his daughter visiting Hiroshima for the first time together. Attempting to literally and symbolically come to terms with their personal connection to the bombing of the city, Blandy intersperses scenes of modern Hiroshima with flashback sequences of apocalyptic anime, featuring the film's eponymous character who must decide if he is hero or villain.

After the screening Blandy will discuss making the work, memory, and family legends, with collaborating Mango artist and Japanese expat Inko and Anne Piper, a novelist and playwright, who has been actively protesting against nuclear weapons for over 50 years in addition to being Blandy’s grandmother.

Free, please call 020 7930 3647 to book.

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Japan will rise up again!

I just wanted to say thank you for all who support and care for devastated Japan.
As one of Japanese, I wanted to tell everyone how much we're encouraged, no matter what tragic events await us. The world biggest earthquake, then Tsunami, then fire, then nuclear power plats damaged, our home land might not be the same again, but we will rebuilt all over again!