Yesterday, I went to college, and after that I stayed at our new atelier, which located near our campus. Actually that atelier isn't atelier yet, so we are now cleaning and remodeling the old house into designer's space... maybe it'll be cool. Well, I hope so. Haha. And after that, we wrote our wishes on small pieces of paper, and hang them on bamboo, because yesterday was Tanabata,the Star Festival, in Asian countries. My wishes are maybe funny and quite random: 1. "I hope I can be awesome designer in the future.", 2."I want to find girlfriend who would be really special in my life." 3."I hope no more children suffer from extreme poverty." When I was writing third with, I was thinking about Children in the Philippines, because I visited the slam in Manila few years ago, and met many cute children there. And then, coincidentally one letter came from the Philippines today! It was from "SALT", one of the NGO groups, where I visited before. The letter showed me children who is attending program had good educational progress, and about 40 of them were just graduated. One letter was written by one of the mother, and it was very heart warming.
[特定非営利活動法人 SALT PAYATAS FOUNDATION]
The second image is a letter that I received around last Christmas. It's actually just a lot of names of Children. But when I see the small attached note, I was touched by that letter. The note said, "Because of a lot of help and donations from Japan, many children are now able to write their names." I was really happy that I could receive their special letter. I realized, for me, and for us, it's just nothing special if we can write our names, but they aren't. Since their parents and friends are living extreme poverty, might be no one is able to teach, right? I don't know how can I explain what's my feeling like, but I think it's just entirely great activity and I think we need to do something, since our country is economically fine.
Well, somehow it's been quite long and maybe bit too academic blog post today, haha. So I just leave some links and going to bed. Right now, at Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography (Shabi)located at Ebisu in Tokyo, showing documentary film "BASURA" it's about Philippines garbage mountain. (Sorry Japanese only.) If you are interested in and living in Tokyo, it's maybe good one to check. I might go there next week. And I have some Philippines B&W photography works on my design website, feel free to check that too. And in the end, the NGO group "SALT" where I visited before and I'm still donating a little money. I put the link below. Which is friendly and nice organization, so if you want to help something I recommend that group.
[SALT PAYATAS FOUNDATION]