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, 2011 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 800 cloth letters expressing hope, friendship, and solidarity.

A volunteer team in Vancouver sewed the cloth letters into three giant quilts. 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 travelled to those other towns, where Japanese young people saw them and wrote responses. 800 patches were created in Tohoku and sent back to Onomichi, where they were sewn into quilts.

The Canada-Tohoku Kids to Kids Cloth Letters Project will be on exhibit at the Yukon Arts Centre and at the Canada Games Centre from Oct. 25 to Nov. 5. Come check it out! It's pretty powerful to see them all in the space together.

For more information email Fumi Torigai at JCAYukon@gmail.com


A Sunday Afternoon of Free Japanese Films

The Japanse Canadian Association of Yukon is inviting the public to check out a couple of Japanese films – for free – on the big screen at The Old Fire Hall. The event takes place on Sunday, Nov. 3, and both films are family friendly.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3
Brave Story - 1 p.m
Always: Sunset on Third Street 3 - 3:15 p.m.