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6.Activities Outside of the Festival

Since the festival enjoyed the largest scale and the most hype, many people thought that Project FUKUSHIMA! was all about the 8.15 festival, but in actuality, there were many other activities associated with the project.
There were 4 major pillars of activity by Project FUKUSHIMA! in 2011.

  A forum for learning, "School FUKUSHIMA!"
  Information sharing media, "DOMMUNE FUKUSHIMA!"
  Window for assistance and venue to present art, "DIY FUKUSHIMA!"
  "A place to meet and share hope for Fukushima, "Festival FUKUSHIMA!"

School FUKUSHIMA!

How does one continue to live in Fukushima, when the situation is as horrible as it is? That is a direct question posed, not just within 福島 (Fukushima in Japanese kanji characters), but to Japan and theフクシマ (Fukushima in Japanese katakana characters, used for transliteration of foreign words) that belongs to it, as well as to the world and the FUKUSHIMA that is a part of it.

Creating School FUKUSHIMA!, a place for learning, was positioned as a major pillar in the project activities because we wanted to think together how to answer that pressing and fundamental question. Before and after the festival, as a part of School FUKUSHIMA!, multiple workshops for the general public were held. Diverse activities that transcended the conventional relationship between student and teacher were made possible through the experience of learning and creating together with the project musicians, poets, artists, and researchers.

The following shows photographs of each of the schools that have been held so far, with the date, venue, and instructor.

○School of Poetry
July 31 and August 6, 2011
Fukushima College Ekimae Campus, Fukushima City
Instructor Ryoichi Wago

○School of Music
August 6 and August 13, 2011
Iizaka Onsen Ryokan Seizan, Fukushima City
Instructor Yoshihide Otomo

○Citizen Scientist Training Program
August 3, 2011
Sahira Building 8F Meeting Room, Fukushima City
Instructor Dr. Shinzo Kimura

○Children's Radiation Class "The Curie School Elementary Class"
November 23, 2011
Village of Four Seasons, Fukushima City
Instructor Dr. Shinzo Kimura

○Yoshihide Otomo's School of Sound
December 16, 2011
Horikiri Home, Fukushima city
Instructor Yoshihide Otomo


DOMMUNE FUKUSHIMA!

As soon as the project began moving forward, Otomo, and Shoichiro Mori, a resident of Koriyama City, who would later become a branch manager, began talking about having their own media. Responding immediately to their need was artist and designer, Naohiro Ukawa, who heads up DOMMUNE (http://dommune.com), the predominant and most popular internet broadcasting station. Ukawa had called for assistance towards the devastated areas immediately after the earthquake, and began broadcasting requests for donations 5 days later, to address the disaster from a cultural aspect. He decided to answer Otomo's pledge by offering to set up a Fukushima station as a branch unit of the Ustream DOMMUNE station, providing broadcasting expertise, and swift and broad-ranging support. Incidentally, the Project FUKUSHIMA! speech bubble logo was designed by Ukawa.

The station was launched the night of May 8, the same day as the kick-off press conference for Project FUKUSHIMA! The studio was a modified apartment flat, made possible thanks to KOCO Radio, a community FM station in Koriyama, from which broadcasting began, once or twice a month on Sunday nights on an irregular basis.

There was a major aftershock in the middle of the first broadcast, and radiation levels for Fukushima Prefecture were announced periodically, due to the nature of the station being a simultaneous community FM station as well, making for a very tense broadcast that attracted attention from within and outside of the prefecture, in many cases garnering more than 10,000 total listeners in one broadcast. 13 programs have been aired during the year following the earthquake. The program is approximately 4 hours, with Naoto Ogawa, the Sendai Mediatheque curator, emceeing the first half as a talk show with specific themes, interacting with guests such as the project members, local farmers from Fukushima, researchers, citizens, and the head of Iitate Village, while the second half is a live session and DJ performance given by musicians from and outside of Fukushima Prefecture. Please refer to the project website to see the previous programs.

DIY FUKUSHISMA!

The project was run as not-for-profit, without sponsorship from any one company, relying mostly on grants from administrative offices, cultural foundations, and general public donations.

In order to act as window for assistance to the project, DIY FUKUSHIMA!, a content distribution forum for musicians taking an interest in the project, was set up on the official website. DIY FUKUSHIMA! was set up after being provided with a system by DIY STARS, an independent music distribution system started by singer/songwriter, Tabito Nanao, who had been working side by side with Otomo. More than 20 artists have presented their music and videos on DIY FUKUSHIMA! up until now. As of one year after the earthquake, 1,629,810 in donations have been collected. Please refer to the project website for a list of songs that have been offered (http://www.pj-fukushima.jp/en/download/ ).

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