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Kitakami Calendar (北上カレンダー)

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Concept
The town of Kitakami in Ishinomaki city lost almost everything from the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake. There, a mother started a temporary store "We Are One Kitakami". To help such temporary shop, its existence being a beacon of hope towards recovery, was the Kitakami-Musabi Project. With the help of NPO Architecture for Humanity, a permanent shop "We Are One Kitakami" was being built aiming the opening on January 2013. This project began with a careful hearing from the local, and eventually resulted to build a calendar. It is not any calendar, but a giant calendar that kids to adults can all enjoy. Further information was gathered based on the request for "reconstruct the scenery of Kitakami that is lost by the tsunami", and completed a calendar specifically for Kitakami that also functions as a local message board for sharing information.

January
"Big catch" fishing banner hoisted at the port during the new year.

February
"Shishi-mai" Lion dance, lost by the tsunami.

March
Scene of kelp harvesting.

April
Famous local Tsuriishi shrine and tsunami lost portable shrine.

May
Aerial scenery of Kitakami before.

June
Former town office.

July
Lost Shirahama coast

August
Tsunami damaged and demolished Yoshihama elementary school

September
Matsushima before the tsunami.

October
Kitakami river and the symbolic eagle before the tsunami

November
Used to be active phragmites cutting.

December
Morning scenery of abalone fishery.

About Musashino Art University
Musashino Art University (a.k.a. Musabi) is one of the most prestigious art colleges in Japan. The new program at Musabi encourages students to involve in the community-based design. As a part of the program, students have worked in several tsunami-affected areas of Tohoku. They aim to give comfort and hope to people in the disaster area through the arts.

Location

Kitakami, Ishinomaki, Miyagi
Japan

Project Details

NAME: Kitakami Calendar (北上カレンダー)
PROJECT LEAD: Musashino Art University
LOCATION: Kitakami, Ishinomaki, Miyagi, Japan
START DATE: July 26, 2012
CURRENT PHASE: Construction complete
COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION: Takaharu Saito
PROJECT PARTNER: Architecture for Humanity
BENEFICIARIES: The community members in Kitakami who use the Kitakami "We Are One" Market and Youth Center, which is the hub of the community. They can post community announcements on the calendar and the bulletin board to communicate with each other.

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