Tokyo 2020 NIPPON Festival
Online Event /Yokohama-city kanagawa prefecture
＊While all possible COVID-19 countermeasures will be taken, the event may be cancelled or their content changed depending on the COVID-19 situation.
Actor, Director of General Incorporated Association Get in Touch and native of Hiroshima Prefecture.
Azuma worked in an office before stepping into the entertainment industry. She has since taken on a variety of positions, from acting roles in dramas to appearing as a commentator on infotainment programmes, serving as a moderator or lecturer in events, and even publishing her own books. In her private life, she has volunteered with bone marrow banks, Peace Village International in Germany, art projects with and by people with impairments and more for the past 29 years.
In October of 2012, she founded the General Incorporated Association “Get in Touch” with the goal of using art, music, videos, stage performance and more to build a “MAZEKOZE (mixed and meshed) Society” where everyone can live as themselves, and no one is excluded. She planned, conducted interviews for and produced her own documentary film, Watashi wa Watashi (I am me) ~over the rainbow~ which was first screened in 2017. Her many writings include Watashi wa naze counselling wo uketanoka~”Ii hito, yameta!” Haha to musume no chosen (Why I Sought Counselling: “I Quit Being a Good Person!” A Mother & Daughter’s Challenge), the true story of her counselling sessions with her mother, as well as Life, an essay brimming with messages about the various meanings of the word “life” as well as society.
People always say they “aim” to realise a society of harmonious coexistence or a diverse society, but using the word “aim” is strange to begin with. That is to say, actually, we are already living together, in coexistence and diversity. We already have our “MAZEKOZE (mixed and meshed) Society.” However, in reality, many people find it hard to live because their unique qualities are not understood or not respected. How could one not realise that someone is hurting, even though they are right next to them? Perhaps, we think we understand the concept of human rights in our minds, but we cannot feel that it is connected to our lives.
That is why this time, I have decided to plan, coordinate, cast and direct a video that allows viewers to better visualise and experience coexistence and diversity. The production of this work could even be called the culmination of my social activities over the past 29 years. Of course, it is still entertainment! Above all, Please feel free to simply enjoy it.
I hope this will become a jumping-off point for people to exchange their thoughts with others, think for a moment, take action, and leap heartily over the hurdles of society. I would like to join hands with everyone as we work to build a tolerant, balanced society where the terms “coexistence” and “diversity” are no longer exceptional but expected.
Date & Time:
22 August, 2021 (Sun) starting at 4pm (Online streaming is planned)
*Details on how to attend the event etc. will be shared as soon as they have been finalised.