--- Why make poems in the crisis? ---
VOICES FROM JAPAN is an exhibition about Japanese people following the disasters in March 2011, through poetry, portraits and photographs.
VOICES FROM JAPAN: Despair and Hope from Disaster is an exhibition that shares the extraordinary experience of the Japanese people following the earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011.
The exhibition in New York was held at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine from June 15th to August 8th, 2012.
The exhibition "Voices from Japan" closed on August 5 at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in conjunction with this year's annual Hiroshima and Nagasaki Memorial Interfaith Gathering. More than three hundred attendees joined in interfaith prayers and were treated to musical offerings by rock singer Shinji Harada, traditional Japanese flutist and drummer Kaoru Watanabe, and others. At the end of the event, participants rang the Bell of Peace.
It is estimated that more than 100,000 visitors saw the eight-week exhibition (the cathedral averages about 10,000 to 20,000 visitors each week). We are thrilled that "Voices from Japan" was able to reach such a great number of people through this exhibition. We would like to express our gratitude to the many organizations and individuals who helped make this exhibition possible. Thanks to their support, both materially and spiritually, "Voices from Japan" was successfully realized and will continue to live and grow.
"Voices from Japan" is scheduled to be on exhibition from March 25 to April 10, 2013, in Colorado Springs. Additionally, we are currently exploring plans in hopes of taking the exhibition to San Francisco in early 2013. We will keep you posted as the plans progress.
By Etsuko Dunbar, New York
on music stands,
our poems about the earthquake
are arranged and
the great cathedral
begins to breathe
Please send your messages to us at email@example.com. We will deliver your messages to Japan including the poets and the artists.