On August 15, 2011, we will hold a festival focused on music in Fukushima.
We will also carry out diverse project on a long-term basis using this event as a springboard.
The title for the event is Fukushima!.
Not No More Fukushima nor Stand Up Fukushima, but just Fukushima!, free of any adjectives.
We want to start by looking at Fukushima in its current state, unvarnished by any words.
It is with such a thought in mind that musicians and poets who were born and raised in Fukushima came together.
Some may feel that this is no time for a festival, given that Fukushima is faced not only with the damage of the earthquake and the tsunami, but also with a crippled nuclear power plant for which solutions are nowhere in sight.
Despite that, or rather precisely for that reason, we believe that we need music and poetry and art that hold the potential of pointing us to a possible viewpoint on and direction for how to confront reality.
Fukushima has come to be known around the world with a stigma.
But we will not give up on Fukushima.
Even amidst a crisis that may cause our hometowns to be lost, we would like to think about the future of Fukushima by retaining its connection with the outside world and the hope of continuing to live in this land. For that too, we need a festival.
We need a place where people can gather to converse.
Through the festival, we will let the entire world know about Fukushima as it is now, and as it will be in the future.
We are determined to turn Fukushima into a positive word.
8 May 2011
Project Fukushima! Executive Committee
Michiro Endo, Otomo Yoshihide, Ryoichi Wago