Hiroshima Art Project 311 by MireyHIROKI

MireyHIROKI is a collaborative effort of two Japanese visual artists known for their distinctive and childlike use of crayons in their work. They are loaning their most well known installation to Hiroshima to commemorate the 3rd anniversary of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami disaster.

MireyHIROKI’s  “100 umbrellas” public art installations began in 2007, being held at famous landmarks and in city centers around Japan. After the 2011 Earthquake and tsunami disaster the duo expanding the installation to include over 300 flowered umbrellas to express their sorrow for those affected by the disaster. In addition to remembering the people who died and to pray for peace and recovery of the devastated area, the organizers hope “to make flowers bloom in the hearts of adults and children of the future.”

On the occasion of 3rd anniversary of the disaster, MireyHIROKI have loaned their installation for a commemorative display in Hiroshima. 311 flowered umbrellas will be displayed and illuminated opposite the A-bomb Dome on the banks of the Motoyasu River between 4:40pm and 9pm.

The project has been designed by young people and parents with children. People who sympathize with the situation gather and convey their thoughts. From Hiroshima we will make a flower of spirit bloom for the people who are still bearing up against the conditions in Eastern Japan.

Event schedule

March 11th, 2013 (Tuesday)

  • 14:00~ preparation
  • 16:30~ assemble and raise umbrellas
  • 18:00~ light candles
  • 18:20~ hymn by Kawamoto Mutsuko
  • 18:30~ installation and illumination of the flowered umbrellas

While “making the flowers bloom”, participants will sing the NHK devastated area recovery song Hana wa saku.

They are looking for volunteers to help and ask participants to bring AAA batteries to help light up the umbrellas. Those interested should call Takashi Yamashita on 090-7978-8819 (12:00-24:00)


Paul Walsh

Paul arrived in Hiroshima "for a few months" back in 1996. He is the co-founder of GetHiroshima.com and loves running in the mountains.