ONE - Our New Episode - Presented by Japan Airlines

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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.

From here, a new chapter begins

Everyone is unique and has a different story to tell.
The unique stories of people who gather, interact, connect and co-create
will unite all people and present a new chapter
that will leave a legacy for future generations.
“MAZEKOZE Island Tour”
Featuring art and musical performances by artists and entertainers with their own unique qualities and circumstances, including diverse genders, ages, nationalities and abilities/impairments.
Explore the islands where these various qualities connect, mix and mesh, and experience other people’s uniqueness.
It is a journey that lets us realise the serenity of a coexistent society. This “MAZEKOZE Island Tour” will also allow viewers to recognise that no two people are exactly the same. It is a mesmerising tale toward new beginnings, chance meetings, and echoes to realise a society of harmonious coexistence..
About the Production of “MAZEKOZE Island Tour”

Upon this relaunch of the Tokyo 2020 NIPPON Festival, we are honoured to have Ms Chizuru Azuma, who is an actor and has been involved in social outreach for nearly 30 years, as the General Coordinator, Theatre Director and Executive Producer of this project.
Ms Chizuru Azuma is also dedicated to her work as the director of the General Incorporated Association Get in touch –– an association that pursues a “Mazekoze (mixed and meshed) society” in which no one is excluded –– creating artwork, music, stage performances and film productions.
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Chizuru Azuma

General Coordinator, General Director, and Executive Producer

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.

Comment

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.

Event Overview

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.

Our Glorious Future
~KANAGAWA 2021~

With the theme of building a coexistent society, artists at the forefront of their respective cultural or artistic fields will create together in resonant unity, regardless of abilities/impairments, age, gender or nationality.
The event will overflow with creativity and, through the power of culture and art, Kanagawa will share the new shape of the future with the world – filled with the joy that comes from knowing that each and every one of us can be a shining beacon.

Date
Mid of August, 2021 (Planned)
Venue
Yokohama-city kanagawa prefecture
*Online streaming is also planned.
Organized by
Kanagawa Prefecture,2020 – The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games,

*Details on how to attend the event etc. will be shared as soon as they have been finalised.