made a commitment to publish my collages. An Artist’s Soulful Heart: Aftermath of a Catastrophe: 3.11.2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami is dedicated to all those who lost their lives on March 11. The most difficult part of the project was finding the funds to publish the book. One night I was talking to my mother about it during dinner. “If only I could publish an art book,” I said. When she told me that she wanted to help, I felt relief. I became like a different person and was soon running between printing companies in search of someone who could print the book within my budget. I had so many things to consider and threw myself into the project. I wanted to make something precious. Finally, I stood by the printing presses and watched my book emerge. The red cover looked so alive. The color was the expression of so many emotions. Now, more than two and a half years after the disaster, I realize that my memories of that period in 2011 are fading. It’s my hope that the book and my collages can help keep the memory of that terrible day alive. I have donated my book to libraries all over the world and the likes of the Smithsonian Institution Libraries, the Thomas J Watson Library at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Betty Boyd Dettre Library, in Washington, DC, have added a copy to their collections. Naturally, I sent copies to libraries in Tohoku and school libraries in the region. Each library was grateful to receive the book.
What has been particularly rewarding has been to receive letters from school principals. Many told me that my book encouraged them to not give up and to support one another. One principal told me that the school would use it as an important resource for teaching children about the tragedy for years to come. The reaction to An Artist’s Soulful Heart has been more than I could ever have imagined. I’m grateful to Tokyo American Club for the opportunity to talk about my project. I hope more people will buy the book, so that I’ll be able to donate it to even more libraries across the world. It’s my hope that future generations will learn about that tragic day, think about the victims and appreciate how precious life is. o Shindo is a Yokohama-based artist. An Artist’s Soulful Heart: Aftermath of a Catastrophe: 3.11.2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami is available at the Library. Meet the Author: Kumiko Shindo Wednesday, November 20 7–8 p.m. | Toko Shinoda Classroom ¥1,575 (includes one drink) | Adults only Sign up online or at the Library
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