On Crowd Funding

I used to cart a data projector, a dvd player and five speakers including a subwoofer in a suitcase large enough for myself to fit into in foetal position. I would drag this cumbersome and awkward kit to church halls, school seminar rooms, people’s back yards and lounge rooms in Sydney, Perth, Melbourne and Tokyo, showing bits of work in progress on dvd and pitching the story of Chika Honda, a Japanese woman who spent ten and a half years in prisons in Melbourne for a crime she insisted she did not commit. This is how I fundraised to present CHIKA: A Documentary Performance at the  Malthouse  Theatre in Melbourne […]

Leaving Our Comfort Zone

On the same day Tropical Cyclone Lua hit the north west coast of Western Australia, we held our fundraising event art, music & food for buddhism. It was tropical cyclones like Lua which killed many pearlers who had worked in Broome’s dangerous pearling industry since the late 1800‘s. The fundraising event successfully raised enough funds for Reverend Shigenobu Watanabe from Hongwanji Buddhist Mission of Australia  to conduct kuyo at the Japanese Cemetery in Broome, the final resting place for over 900 Japanese pearlers and their descendants. Kuyo is a ceremonial offering and prayer for the deceased. Holding a kuyo is only one of the things that the Indigenous-Japanese community in […]

art, music & food for buddhism

A Fundraising Art Auction for the Japanese Cemetery in Broome, Western Australia SAT 17 March 5 – 8 PM $25 + AUCTION YUGA Floral Cafe & Gallery ph 02 9692 8604 0413 781 622   172 St. Johns Road, Glebe             Mayu Kanamori and Setsuko Yanagisawa from Yuga Floral is hosting an art auction and fundraising event to support Reverent Shigenobu Watanabe to conduct kuyo in the Japanese Cemetery in Broome. Spiritual artworks by Australian artists whose work reflects a spiritual nature will form a silent auction. Guests will also be treated live shakuhachi by Felicity Clark and koto music by members of Koto Music Institute of Australia. There will […]