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Musical evening For children of Fukushima

Musicians of each country gathered for children of Fukushima to give an especial concert.
All profits of this concert will be sent to the GREEN Camping of Tohoku through Japonaide.

*GREEN Camping of Tohoku is the association which organised some campings for children of Fukushima who were not able to play outside after the earthquake disaster.

The participating musicians

Two clarinetists are playing an active part international will performed:

  • Florent Héau (Clarinet)
  • Patrick Zymanowski (Piano)
  • Nicole Piazzon (Danse)
  • Philippe Caillot and Jean-Yves Bernhard (Saxophone duo)
  • Kyoko Matsuda (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Chen Wei-Chin (Piano)
  • Masako Miyako (Clarinet)
  • Junko Senzaki (Violin)
  • Etsuko Shoji (Harp)

date and time: On saturday 29 September 2012 at 7 pm.
address: Auditorium Cité Internationale de Arts
18 rue de l’Hôtél de Ville 75004 Paris (metro Pont-Marie or Saint Paul)
entrance fee: 15€
information and reservation:   06 33 23 10 26

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Mini-Don. Grand-Don. 4


One year from the earthquake. ‘Mini Don Grand Don’, a group of creators from all over the world presenting under the theme of ‘Things across in your mind’, holds the fourth event under the theme of ‘MATSURI-festival-‘ in Marais district, Paris.

DATE: from Friday 9th March to Sunday 11th March 2012
9th March 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
10th March 10:30 am to 11:00 pm
11th March 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
PLACE: Galerie Marais Ouest 12
ADRESSE: 12, rue de Montmorency, 75003, Paris France

Total amount of proceeds through this event will be sent to SCHOP-DAN, a NPO providing help to the victims in the damaged area hit by Tsunami with removing debris, and to ‘Home for everyone’ project supported by JAPONAIDE.


Friday 9th March from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm

6:00 pm

Thomas Bouveret
Izumi idoia
Antoine Bertrand
Ai Akiyama

From 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
– Electric Music Night 5 €

Xtronik (Live)
GNG (Live)
DJ Frank Bimbo Tower (DJ)
Marius (DJ)



Saturday 10th March from 10:30 am to 11:00 pm

10:30 am
Japanese Brunch

11:30 am & 2:00 pm
Kamishibai spectacle(for kids) with saxophone 3 €/ 5 €

4:00 pm
Rakugo theater with Shamisen in French with Cie Balabolka 3 €/ 5 €

All day :
Japanese food stand (takoyaki, choco banana, minidon, yakisoba, etc)
Japanese book stand
Japanese candy store (dagashi)
Local products market from Tohoku

from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Electric Music Night 5 €
Cloudberry (Live)
HYPO & EDH (Live)
Kumisolo (DJ Karaoké) + Shun from Danger Money (DJ)



Sunday 11 March from 3:00pm to 6:00pm

3:00 pm
Recitation for children by Eriko NAKAMURA (sur réservation :

4:00 pm
Snack and Drink Bar

6:00 pm
Candle night, a walk in Paris, holding candles to commemorate the tragedy

All day:
Japanese food stand (takoyaki, choco banana, minidon, yakisoba, etc)
Japanese book stand
Japanese candy store (dagashi)
Local products market from Tohoku


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Date: From 14 February to 28 February
Opening: 14 February at 8H00 pm
Place: Le Bougnat
Address: 28 rue saintonge Paris 75003


An art series exhibition titled  » PARIS JE T’AIME  » start from February 14 in north Marais.

About the art series exhibition

Can we create the places of encounter get across to hearts in big cities? Is the art able not only to touch our heart but also to bring closer us? Are the artists factors of the urban life? Is Paris like a town of lovers drawn on a movie?

« PARIS JE T’AIME » is an artistic exposition in several stages that will be held in north marais from 14 February until 28 February. The exhibition is more than a limit of conventional galleries and familiar to the resident of Paris is performed.

Participating artists present the idea for love and it appeal to the heart of those who visited. The artists bring to share their vision of the love, a romantic place for lovers, an opportunity for meeting people. The love, the passion, the curiosity will be able to combine the wonderful meetings with the art.

« Quel est donc ce lien entre nous cette chose indéfinissable ? Où vont ces destins qui se nouent pour nous rendre inséparables? » Feist (the film « Paris je t’aime »)
– What is this sense not to be able to express through the words? Where do these destinies bound together continue ? –

Particulars Information

A heart mark appears in the street of North Marais area to the exhibition hall at the time of an event holding start. Shops and galleries, the participation from the Paris community spaces during a holding period will be big welcome.


« Paris je t’aime » becomes as the 2nd year of holding gives a thought to the earthquake disaster on March 11, 2011. This theme of « Paris je t’aime 2 » executive committee which has introduced the various photographs, images, graphics and illustrations, is Japan. Three Japanese artists open a Parisian’s hearts.

More info :

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International Collaboration Event -Solidarity for Japan-

date: 15 Nov 2011 on Tuesday from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
16 Nov 2011 on Wednesday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
place: 6th ward office
address: 78 rue Bonaparte 75006 Paris
Organized by ‘MILAI

« MILAI, a wing to the future » is a message book for children of the stricken area of 11 March. Not only adult but also children write a message from France. To send our heart and spirit to Japanese children from Saint-Germain-des-Prés!

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Event of traditional arts in Japan

On Wednesday, October 5, a charity event was organized by Tsunagari Taiko Center in  Studio Campus, a live house near Bastille.With the theme « How to give people courage to construct better future through arts », this was not a mere concert but a good oppotunity to know better about the instruments and danse with the explanation and commentaries given between the musical performance.

We had Mr. Keita KANAZASHI of Wa-daiko the japanese drum unit called HAYATO as a special guest from Japan and who let the powerful sound of the drum go through the audiences. In addition, ‘Gen Gen Bara Bara’ and ‘Harukoma’ of Gujo-Odori and Awa-Odori, one of the traditional regional japanese dance style were presented. ‘Kojo no Tsuki’ (The Moon over the Ruined Castle’) with a Japanese French Shakuhachi(Japanese end-blown flute) unit conveyed the traditional sound of Japanese musical instrument.All the performers gathered on the stage at the finale included of African percussionist and the audiences joined the music too. This experience taught us that there was no border in music.

279.55€, the total amount of the donation of this event.submit 80€ for the live house cost, 199.55€ will be transferred to Art Revival Connection Tohoku via JAPONAIDE.We thank to Tsunagari Taiko Center, all spectators and all audiences who joined us to dedicate our thoughts to the victims of Japan.

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Japan Expo 2011

From last June 30 to July 3, Japan Expo the twelfth in this year was held in Parc des Expositions in Villepinte city which was close to Charles De Gaulle airport.

Japan Expo has full of a large number of crowds every year.
« Paris Komatchi » who participated in many charity events and the creator group « joint works » put a collecting box of JAPONAIDE during the expo holding.
Paris Komatchi exhibited « Ganbare Japan in special booth ». Dressed a visitor in a kimono and took a commemoration photo as for the plan, collected donations of 1207.45 euros +19 krone of Denmark in four days.
94.16 euros of the donation collected by the iPhone case exhibition. Furthermore, In charge of Japan and France translation of the booklet as a project with the first activity expense of 460.48 euros for JAPONAIDE.

JAPONAIDE does not use the expense from a donation at all. Each members paid all the necessary expense until now. However, then it is clear that there is a limit when it does long-term continuous activities.
To parallel to support activities, JAPONAIDE will make efforts to get expenses in future projects and gather sponsors and cooperators at the same time.

Thank you in advance for support and cooperation.

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The charity concert « Vexations » by E. Satie in piano solo

On June 26, The charity concert by Mr.Nikolaos Horvath was held in « Auditorium of the Pole Music » of small town, Lagny-sur-Marne, where 35 kilos away from Paris.

The program, « Vexations » is a noted musical work by Erik Satie.
This piano music repeats 840 times of 52 beats of melodies is constituted, and need approximately 10-24 time for a performance.
Mr.Nicolas Horvath continued playing this work alone without taking any rest which usually several pianists play by turns. He prepared 840 pieces of scores to count 840 times repetition precisely and dropped it one by one piece on the floor. With the progress of the time, a large quantity of scores lay on the floor.
With the condition of the music hall, this piano solo was played by the tempo slightly faster than usual and finished in little less than ten hours before schedule.

After asked him the question, « Why do you do such a severe charity concert for Japan? » Since he has the companion of the Japanese woman, for the wound and the pain of the heart of the victims without disappearing, he observed this concert with strong feelings.

147euros, the total amount of the donation of this concert will be transferred to the Japanese Red Cross via the Embassy of Japan in Paris.
We thank to Mr.Nicolas Horvath and all spectators from the town, Lagny-sur-Marne, who joined us to dedicate our thoughts to the victims of Japan.

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Organ Charity Concert – To support to the victims of the Earthquake in Japan –

On June 23, the concert by students of the organ department of the Paris music academy was performed at the Saint-Clotilde church in 7th area in Paris.
This charity concert was held by the suggestion of the French students with the thoughts to the victims in Japan.
The sound of the organ sounded in the church softly. The performance of six players including one Japanese was like the big yell to stricken area revival powerfully.

216.18euros, the total amount of the donation of this concert will be transferred to the Japanese Red Cross via the Embassy of Japan in Paris.
We thank to all the musicians and all people who joined us to dedicate our thoughts to the victims of Japan.

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Solidarity for Japan at the Galerie Vivienne

Gallery Vivienne is a historic area of Paris where is « the most beautiful passage in Paris ». Since Mr.Kenzo Takada had opened the first store in 1970 and the gallery had a intimate relationship with Japan from those days. After the earthquake disaster of March 11, JAPONAIDE received a proposal from the Commerce and Industry within the Gallery Vivienne asked if they could do something for a reconstruction aid of Japan. JAPONAIDE took this event plan named « SOLIDARITÉ JAPON À LA GALERIE VIVIENNE » (a solidarity for Japan in Gallery Vivienne).

On June 18, the event had opened with the speech of Mr. Hamashima from the Japanese Embassy and the speech of Mr. Isaura Brachfoge the president of the Commerce and Industry of Gallery Vivienne, along with Japanese nursery rhyme of the classical music arrangement by Ensembre Notre Prière and a splendid performance of koto player Mieko Miyazaki who participated from Bordeaux.

On June 19, « LABO LAVE JAPAN », a cherity group consisted of Japanese patissiers in Paris and a Tea shop « Priori Thé » organized cake stand, which sales contributed to the donnation of the event. There was a Origami worksession in a toy shop « Si Tu Veux » initiated by JAPONAIDE staff and volunteers, many children and their families participated in it, spent a good time with coloring. They wrote a wish on a Tanzaku, a paper strip for Tanabata decolation. (Tanabata is a event took on the seventh night of July, people decolate a bamboo tree with their wishes)
There was also the display of the works by a Japanese illustrator Ms.Kyoko Dufaux.
In addition, there was the sale of the merchandise goods by the Commerce and Industry of the gallery Vivienne and « A-Bis », photograph sale by « Emilio Robba » and the bazaar of other volunteers. « Bistrot Vivienne » had contributed a part of the sales.
In the gallery, the works of Japanese Ink drawing by Mr.Go Shigetomi for this event and the works dyed on a Japanese traditional paper by Mr. Shunichi Kida were displayed at the circus of the gallery, where powerful harmony of the Japanese drum by the group of Makoto, the classic koto performance by Etsuko Senda, the songs by Sophie Marchand and Yuri Higuchi, the chorus by SING! EBISU from Japan, Technical performance of two swords by Masato Matsuura and the passionate performance by Taca the accordionist took place.
The climax of the event was the spectacle « Contre les Flots » directed by Shu Okuno from JAPONAIDE with 30 performers, impressed the audience very much.
At the last scene, the candle which the audience purchased was turned on one by one, and more than 100 candles were beautifully lighted up the hall.
We pray for each person’s thought arrives in the stricken area…

The contribution total sum 4689.19 euros

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“akai ito” the red thread that binds destinies together

Le Fil Rouge – the Red Thread – Pray for japan from Guillaume Aurousseau on Vimeo.

In « 59Rivoli » which gathered of a multi-national artist who participated in a performance and fund-raising on the streets in the saturday afternoon. There were a lot of people having a shopping, but the feeling to say to people to participate in « sound play » seemed to be transmitted properly. It was rather than a concert, gave a sound and a voice, dance in a circle which showed interest in people who happened to pass by the street.

For a reflection point, It should be the plan to be seeing understand that was a fund-raising on the streets for earthquake disasters as a necessary point. It was a bit difficult from the image of Japan as an affluence country while new problems happen in sequence all over the world, but still in the people, there was the person who had reverence for Japan. There was the scene which got the opportunity when the people who wished to collect contributions in behalf of the sufferes from the earthquake in Japan.

It was an event to convey to people by the appeal on the street for « the support of the heart » for Japan. We thank for 1 euro, 10 cents, 1 cent that a collecting box contained.

Le Fil Rouge – The Red Thread – part II from Guillaume Aurousseau on Vimeo.

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