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Canada-Tohoku Kids to Kids Cloth Letters
October 13 – December 13, 2011
Embassy of Canada Prince Takamado Gallery

September 6, 2011

Canada-Tohoku Kids to Kids Cloth Letters

Exhibition Announcement

The Embassy of Canada is pleased to present an exhibition entitled Canada-Tohoku Kids to Kids Cloth Letters.

The "Kids to Kids Cloth Letter Project" started at the initiative of Linda Ohama, a Vancouver-based film director, in response to the catastrophic events of March 11 in Tohoku. Young people between the ages of 3 and 17 from across Canada wrote and painted messages on 25 x 25 cm cloth squares to let disaster-affected young people in Japan know that they cared about them. Over a two-month period, young Canadians wrote 700 cloth letters expressing hope, friendship, and solidarity. Many of the letters feature drawings of things like flowers, Pikachu, and the Canadian flag.

A volunteer team in Vancouver sewed the cloth letters into two giant quilts, 1.6 x 8 metres and 1.6 x 9 metres in size. The quilts were then flown to Tohoku so that young people there could see their messages from young Canadians.

The second part of the project began at Yuriage Junior High School in Natori, Miyagi Prefecture, on July 1, 2011 – Canada's 144th birthday. Young people there responded to the Canadian quilts by writing their own cloth letters back to Canada. They wrote and painted on cloth squares cut by citizens of Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture – the home town of Linda Ohama's grandmother. Onomichi sent cloth squares to over seven other towns in Tohoku as well. After Natori, the Canadian quilts traveled to those other towns, where Japanese young people saw them and wrote responses. Over 700 patches were created in Tohoku and sent back to Onomichi, where they were sewn into quilts.

This exhibition will present the Canadian and Japanese quilts together for the first time, along with photographs of Tohoku youth creating the patches. Later, the exhibition will tour Japan, followed by a national tour across Canada.


Date: October 13 – December 13, 2011

  • Weekdays 10:00-17:30
  • Wednesdays 10:00-20:00
  • Closed on weekends and November 11

Place: Embassy of Canada Prince Takamado Gallery
(7-3-38 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo)

Admission: Free

Embassy of Canada, Public Affairs Section
Tel: 03-5412-6257

Media contact: Tel: 03-5412-6444




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