February 20, 2016 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
1840 Sutter St
San Francisco, CA 94115
Akabeko for Hope Workshop @ JCCCNC | San Francisco | California | United States

Design an Akabeko and Send a Message of Hope to Fukushima

Workshop Dates:
Saturday, February 20, 1:30-3:00pm (sign up here)

Show your love and support for the residents of Fukushima by designing an akabeko inspired by the theme “hope.”

Akabeko will be displayed at the JCCCNC in March and at the 5th Anniversary Ceremony on March 11, 2016. Later in the year, they will be brought to residents in Fukushima to share your messages and let them know that they are not forgotten or returned to the artist as a reminder to keep survivors in their hearts.

AKABEKO FOR HOPE are inviting artists/non-artists of all levels to help create (paint/decorate, using any medium) an akabeko that will be displayed at the JCCCNC to convey hope and encouragement from our community to the residents of Fukushima. Participants will be required to complete a form including their personal wish of hope to participate.Workshops are free, but space is limited, so sign up today!

About the Project, Akabeko and Nozawa Mingeihin:

In 2016, in commemoration of the 5thAnniversary of the Great East Japan, Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Disaster, the JCCCNC will focus its efforts to revitalize cultural arts/artists in Fukushima. The JCCCNC will be working with Nozawa Mingeihin artists to showcase the akabeko for the Remembrance Event at the JCCCNC on March 11, 2016 and for artist workshops later in the year.

An akabeko is a folk toy of a mythical cow. It was created to honor a cow that helped build the Enzoji Temple in the 9thcentury as a symbol of loyalty and strength. Because of its red color, it is also believed that possessing an akabeko can ward off illnesses. In 2011, the akabeko revived itself to the world as people in Japan and other countries, including the U.S., purchased them as symbols of perseverance to honor the residents of Fukushima and support those in Tohoku who had lost their lives, livelihood and homes.

The JCCCNC is extremely honored to be working with the Nozawa Folk Craft Shop in Nishi Aizu to introduce their version of the akabeko. Master Hourin and his daughter MInako Hayakawa carry on the 400 year old tradition of Aizu hariko (papier mache) by creating akabeko, traditional masks, wish balls and other hariko crafts.