This is an explanation of our Messages to Tohoku project. Some of you may have already seen my video. Two of my coworkers and I went to four cities (Hiroshima, Kobe, Osaka, and Nagoya). Since I had already done several "Free Hug" events, the idea came to us that we could "collect" hugs in the four cities for those affected by the earthquake and tsunami. Each of these cities experienced disasters in the past. The hugs would be a symbol of love, compassion and support. We also that it would be nice to collect actual messages in a sketch pad. Then we could take the messages directly to Tohoku.
I created a video of our trip and chose a song that was written and sung by a musician friend of mine who lives in Seattle. The song is called "Angels" and the theme of the song is that you are never alone. Life might be painful at times, but there are angels all around to love and support you. The lyrics are translated on the video.
Now, our plan is to collect more hugs and messages here in Tokyo on Saturday, April 23 in Akihabara. We wanted to invite you all to come out and sign our sketch pad. If you plan on coming, please send me a message or leave me a comment.