TOKYO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–A Japanese ikebana artist and a traveling chef will bring the power of flowers and delicacies from Japan to the Petit Ecole on Sept. 1 in Hostomer, near Kiev, Ukraine A reopening ceremony at the elementary school, which has been closed for more than a year. Known as the Flower and Spoon Project, the project aims to build spiritual bridges for citizens across borders in the hope of achieving peace.
At present, elementary schools around Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, are unable to open and attend classes, because without shelters, the safety of children cannot be guaranteed. Considering the severe impact this situation has on children, GURTUM, a non-profit organization formed and led by director and founder Oleksandr Kahal, as well as local designers and parents, was launched in September 2022 to raise funds to design and build shelters With the fun design, children can enter without hesitation. Multiple shelters are currently being developed so will be ready by the time schools reopen on September 1, 2023.
Two artists who had separately developed projects for Ukraine are now collaborating with GURTUM to celebrate the reopening of the school by hosting the best tea party ever for the completed school in the shelter, as is customary for primary schools to gather for a tea party after the Ukrainian opening ceremony. Documentary filmmaker Toru Kubota will also accompany them throughout the filming and recording of the event.
Ryota Hagiwara, who has traveled and studied in many countries around the world, presenting powerful ikebana arrangements across Japan, and Rua Soda, who as a traveling chef brings local nature and ecosystems to tables across Japan, are joining the team to celebrate friends , the reunion of teachers and community members, and a strong sense of their return to “normal life.”
Rua Soda, who lived through the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake in 1995, decided to launch a crowdfunding campaign in 2022, hoping to provide not only food but “good food” to those displaced by the Ukrainian invasion. To raise funds, he created a food performance and video production titled “Pray for Ukraine https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=foxxXeRNFvU” featuring the film’s title song “Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence , “(1983), with the blessing of artist Ryuichi Sakamoto himself. The video was watched and praised by many people in Japan and Ukraine.
We hope you will follow our activities to build a bridge between Ukrainian people and Japanese artists through distribution and posting of Instagram and videos. If you would like to donate to GURTUM’s activities, please contact us directly.
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