Ishinomaki 2.0

A community-based creative activator, supporting recovery through special events

Minna Sora Shita

Supports Fukushima young mothers & children for educational retreats in Osaka

Place to Grow

Volunteers inspires youth leaders in disaster-stricken Tohoku communities

3.11 DISASTER / 東日本大震災

2:46: Aftershocks, Stories from the Japan Earthquake

Collection of disaster stories recorded & published in one week / 2011

Surviving the 2011 Tsunami:  100 Testimonies of Ishinomaki Area Survivors of the Great East Japan Earthquake

Photographs & testimonies from the newspaper’s archive / 2014

Radiation Brain Moms & Citizen Scientists: The Gender Politics of Food Contamination After Fukushima

Relationships between science, foodways, gender & politics in post-Fukushima / 2016

Strong in the Rain: Surviving Japan’s Earthquake, Tsunami, & Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

Exploring Japan beyond headlines through history, science, & storytelling / 2012

Japan Copes With Calamity:  Ethnographies of the Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Disasters of March, 2011

Insights into the social fabric of rural communities impacted by the disasters

Horses, Horses, in the End the Light Remains Pure

A literary response to the triple disaster that devasted Northern Japan / 2011

Voices From Japan: Despair & Hope From Disaster

Exhibition catalog of poems, photographs & portraits / 2012

Pray for Japan

Journal of national & international support immediately after the triple disaster

In the Wake:  Japanese Photographers Respond to 3/11

Exhibition catalog of short essays & photos / 2015






谷川俊太郎 他16名



3.11 Disaster & Change in Japan

Research & analysis post-disaster Japanese politics / 2013

Tohoku Recovery:  Changes, Potentials & Future

Essay collection on disaster risk reduction, disaster recovery & environmental studies / 2015


On Teaching Poetry:  Robert Haas

Lecture by one of the most celebrated contemporary American poets / 2006

Back Roads to Far Towns:  Basho’s Travel Journal

A poetic sequence that has become a center of the Japanese mind & heart / 2004

The Basho Variations

Poetic interpretations of Basho’s quintessential haikus / 2007

The Haiku Handbook:  How to Write, Teach & Appreciate Haiku

Overview of the history of haiku & strategies for sharing haiku / 1985

Seeds from a Birch Tree:  Writing Haiku & the Spiritual Journey

Ways to use haiku as a form of meditation / 1997

The Haiku Apprentice:  Memories of Writing Poetry in Japan

An American diplomat’s story of a literary and cultural voyage / 2006 


Images of Japanese ‘Kami’ in the Eyes of Foreign Students

International Shinto Foundation Essay Competition, 1996 & 1998

Shinto Rituals Transcend the Generations & Boundaries

International Shinto Foundation Essay Competition Results, 2002 – 2003

The Rousing Drum: Ritual Practice in a Japanese Community

Long-range historical perspective on the role of matsuri / 1999


The Philosophy of Symbiosis

Explorations of a ‘new world order’ based on traditional Japanese culture / 1994

Beyond Utopia:  Japanese Metabolism Architecture & the Birth of Mythopia

Interdisciplinary analysis of contemporary myth theories / 2018

The Japanese House:  In Space, Memory & Language

Historical context of the evolution of new architectural styles over the centuries / 2002

今和次郎 採集講義

青森県立美術館 / 2011

The Way of the Carpenter

Illustrated history of Japanese master carpenters & their tools / 1990

Art Place Japan

The Eichigo-Tsumari Art Triennale & the vision to reconnect art & nature/ 2015


Dissenting Japan:  A History of Japanese Radicalism & Counterculture From 1945 to Fukushima

Chronical of contemporary marginalized dissent & activism / 2016

Lives in Motion: Composing Circles of Self & Community in Japan

Ethnographies of contemporary cultural practices / 1999

Perspectives on Social Memory in Japan

Interdisciplinary exploration of collective memory-making / 2005

Resonances of Chindon-ya

Sounding space & sociality in Contemporary Japan / 2018

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