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“Uncanny Terrain” [>]

Posted on April 15, 2011

"Filmmakers Junko Kajino and Ed M. Koziarski are embarking on the new documentary Uncanny Terrain, to follow the organic farmers of Tohoku as they contend with the threat that nuclear fallout from the Fukushima Power Plant poses to their land and their livelihood." -Homepage

While most people when thinking about Japan are worried about the global economy or whether there will be enough iPhones next year, Uncanny Terrain travels to Fukushima to document the farmers who are working to rebuild their lives in wake of catastrophic disaster.

Please pledge to their efforts to bring to light the story of those most affected by the Fukushima fallout.


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Chernobyl +25 follow-up

Posted on April 14, 2011

Group Photo

A grand thank you to the 100+ people who could make it to the
Chernobyl +25 opening at the Ukrainian National Museum!

The exhibit will be on display thru May for those who missed it.

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Solidarity and solace in a shared space and time is a rare confluence.

An understanding of the power of technology and living with the consequences.

Prometheus scorned: Fukushima and Chernobyl in the aether.

The Japanese and Ukrainian American communities are more similar than I'd ever thought possible.

It's nights like these that give me the strength to believe in humanity's chance
of creating a better world rather than tearing it down piece by piece.

For those interested in learning even more about the Chernobyl incident, a FREE presentation and documentary will be premiering here in Chicago on 4.28.11 at the Chicago Cultural Center:

Chornobyl 25 Memorial

Event Homepage


Chernobyl +25 photos:

Ukrainian National Museum


The Physicist

The Philosopher

The Documentarian


The Japanese Contingent

Group Photo



Posted on April 8, 2011


The Sun shall Rise again…

Awaken, sleeping giant— your friends have come to play.

Forget earthquake, tsunami and nuclear decay.

Hallowed ground shaken,

Mighty deluge fought,

Split-atoms in the æther,

And yet the Sun shall Rise.

Daruma and the Forest God

Akira Cycle



Please donate and help rebuild.

Thank you—



Chernobyl +25

Posted on April 6, 2011


I have been asked to present at the 25th Chernobyl Memorial exhibition opening this Friday at 7pm at the Ukrainian National Museum in Chicago! In light of the Fukushima meltdown, two very different immigrant communities have been united in the fallout of the Nuclear age.

The event will also mark the opening of a gallery event for a Chernobyl artist. Featured speakers will include the artist, the Consul General from Japan and myself, representing the Japanese American community and my family.

The event will be televised and I will post links here when they are available.

April 8, 7PM
5$ Admission
Ukranian National Museum
2249 W. Supperior, Chicago
(312) 421.8020
FREE parking

Facebook Event Page

Chornobyl +25 flyer


Posted on April 4, 2011

Still-Life, ©MMXI

It's taken me a while to really process the images and video flooding the web from the Tsunami—

I felt sick: my naturally juxtaposed imagination was confronted with the reality of such catastrophic power;

The earth itself opened and made a collage of Japan…

- Ω -

I thought I'd call on a few friends to help.

Neko Bus

Hot Wheels


Please donate and help rebuild.

Thank you—


Chicago’s 16th annual Asian American Showcase!

Posted on March 29, 2011


The Gene Siskel Film Center and the Foundation for Asian American Independent Media (FAAIM) present the 16th edition of Asian American Showcase, April 1 through 14. The festival encompasses comedies and dramas, probing documentaries, provocative shorts, and an array of special activities, all showcasing a wealth of talent on the Asian American scene.

For a full schedule, visit

I will be speaking on behalf of the Japanese American Service Committee (JASC) this Friday (4/1) on continued efforts to aid a nation and its people, whose culture does not know how to ask for help.

Donating to the Red Cross via JASC ensures that 100% goes directly to the Tsunami relief fund. Click here to help rebuild the Land of the Rising Sun.

Thank you—