Rediscover Tohoku - MOCCO's Journey from Tohoku to Tokyo Presented by ENEOS

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Iwate - Miyagi - Fukushima - Tokyo

This program will thoroughly implement measures against infections based on the COVID-19 Countermeasure Guidelines of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, information from the government, the guidelines of various organisations, discussion with municipalities and advice from specialists*

* Medical Director (COVID-19 Countermeasure) Dr. Satoshi Kutsuna (National Center for Global Health and Medicine)

Theme "Reconstruction of the Tohoku region"

The final programme of the TOKYO 2020 NIPPON FESTIVAL will be staged under the theme “Reconstruction of the Tohoku Region” in various locations in the Tohoku region and Tokyo during May, June and July 2021. Created for this programme, the MOCCO Giant Puppet will travel around Tohoku receiving messages from the people in the region as he journeys towards Tokyo.

This programme presents a new form of cultural event against the backdrop of the culture of Tohoku, where the character of MOCCO hailed from, and activities at different locations that will bring people together on an emotional level.

*In case of bad weather or COVID-19 related circumstances, the event may be canceled or the programme may be partially changed.

Project story

This project centers around MOCCO, a giant puppet that will head from Tohoku to Tokyo in 2021, 10 years after the Great East Japan Earthquake.

MOCCO is the brainchild of children from Tohoku and was created in workshops. The puppet stands approximately 10 metres tall.

At each point on the journey to Tokyo along the Pacific Coast via Rikuzen-Takata (Iwate), Iwanuma (Miyagi), and Minami-Soma (Fukushima), MOCCO will experience the wonderful people and culture of Tohoku firsthand.

MOCCO will connect Tokyo with Tohoku, once again bringing people together on an emotional level.

The giant puppet ignites the spark necessary to increase interest and attract more people to know about and visit modern Tohoku.

With a basket full of memories, MOCCO continues his journey to bring a smile to people’s faces, happiness to many, and disparate thoughts and ideas together as one.

MOCCO the Giant Puppet

MOCCO transcends countries, age, gender and other boarders. It collects messages from the people of Tohoku during its journey and delivers them to the world.

Named by screenwriter Kankuro Kudo, MOCCO's design came about through workshops provided by creators to children from Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima.

At first, the children listened to MOCCO's Story, written by novelist Naoki Matayoshi, which provided them with ideas for the character. The picture book creator Ryoji Arai created a design based on the ideas of the children that participated in the workshops, and the globetrotting puppeteer Noriyuki Sawa refined it into a finished work.

Rediscover Tohoku - Mocco's journey from Tohoku to Tokyo Presented by ENEOS MOCCO

Event information

In May 2021, a mobile cultural programme will be launched in collaboration with the prefectures of Tohoku that are working towards recovery. The programme will visit various areas around Tohoku in addition to Tokyo.

Created together with the children from Tohoku that participated in the workshops, MOCCO will spread various messages to the world based on the ideas and feelings of people met during his journey, including thoughts on regional recovery and hopes for Tohoku's future.

Important information for those wishing to participate

This programme is invitation-only and based on prior application, as a measure to prevent the spread of COIVD-19.

Iwate

Rediscover Tohoku

MOCCO's Journey from Tohoku to Tokyo - Iwate Visit

Sat. 15 May 2021

Venue:
Rikuzen-Takata, Iwate Prefecture
Takata Matsubara Tsunami Recovery Memorial Park

*In case of bad weather or Covid-19 related circumstances, the event may be canceled or the programme may be partially changed.

Miyagi

Rediscover Tohoku

MOCCO's Journey from Tohoku to Tokyo - Miyagi Visit

Sat. 22 May 2021

Venue:
Iwanuma, Miyagi Prefecture
Millennium Hope Hills Ainokama Park

*In case of bad weather or Covid-19 related circumstances, the event may be canceled or the programme may be partially changed.

Fukushima

Rediscover Tohoku

MOCCO's Journey from Tohoku to Tokyo - Fukushima Visit

Sat. 29 May 2021

Venue:

Minami Soma, Fukushima Prefecture
Hibarigahara Festival Site(Soma Nomaoi Festival Site)

*In case of bad weather or Covid-19 related circumstances, the event may be canceled or the programme may be partially changed.

Tokyo

Rediscover Tohoku

MOCCO's Journey from Tohoku to Tokyo… and then the World

Sat. 17 July 2021

Venue:
Japanese Landscape Garden within Shinjuku Gyoen, Tokyo

*In case of bad weather or Covid-19 related circumstances, the event may be canceled or the programme may be partially changed.

Creative Director

Michihiko Yanai

While what have been dubbed “The Recovery and Reconstruction Games” have always been seen as a light of hope but recent events have caused many people pain and sadness. We continue to prepare for the Games in order to show the people of Japan and the world the current state of the Tohoku region a decade after the Great East Japan Earthquake.
Following on from this disaster and others that have occurred in Japan, in addition to the disruption caused by COVID-19, we hope to bring the people back together. We are taking the utmost care to bring joy and smiles to the world from a Tohoku region that has been on the path to reconstruction.

Profile
Yanai is a Creative Director and Professor at the Department of Design, Tokyo University of the Arts. He was born in Koriyama City, Fukushima, in 1964, and has worked on many innovative advertising campaigns. As well as serving as the master of ceremonies on NHK's 'Top Runner' programme, he is a popular personality on TV and radio, and a guitarist for the rock band Inawashirokos. He is constantly exploring new avenues to expand the possibilities of advertising. In 2015, he was appointed Creative Director for Fukushima Prefecture. His activities in the Tohoku region include coordinating the rock festival "Live Fukushima – Wind and Rock SUPER Noumaoi", which toured the prefecture for six days in September 2011, and his "Wind and Rock Caravan Fukushima" tour which played at 59 locations across the Fukushima Prefecture. At the Tohoku Rokkon Festival, the predecessor of the Tohoku Kizuna Festival, he created the "TOHOKU ROCK'N BAND" formed by members from the six prefectures of Tohoku, Their performance of the festival's official theme song "Tohoku ROCK'N Ondo" serves as the grand finale of the festival every year.

People involved

MOCCO will be brought to life through a collaboration with children from the Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima prefectures as well as a range of other people.