Update: Project NIHON MUKASHIBANASHI/JAPANESE FABLES, Japan Mental Health/Illness/Stigma Awareness Movement
Progression of piece MERMAID’S SONG, or NINGYO NO UTA (人魚の歌) as follows:
Long time no UPDATE! I have not fallen off the face of the planet, I’m focusing my energy on many things at the moment, and my brain is working over time.
Here is what I have been up to:
-Doing extensive research and studying about the world of mental health/illness systems in Japan.
-Compiling a list of things I need to do in order to materialize my idea and movement.
-Working on art for this project which will become a conduit for discussion and beginning of movement.
-Trying to do videos on my Youtube channel in Japanese.
-Writing out project proposal and vision.
-Preparing myself for things to come.
The project in rough:
日本昔話：Traditional Japanese Folk Tales
Creating contemporary works of art based on Japanese folk tales. Re-conceptualizing the traditional stories into that which relate to modern societal issues, especially mental health/illness awareness and trying to decrease stigma associated.
Japan today has one of the highest suicide rates of all modernized countries. More than 660 suicides happen every single week, that is 94 persons per day (based on numbers in 2003, and those in the year alone increased by 7%). It is 2012, and some major things have happened in Japan since then like the tsunami/nuclear plant disaster (as one example). Japan is going through a major social and economic upheaval which is affecting every individual to the core.
The government, major corporations, education system, bureaucracy, older cultural ways are just some of the main issues that are contributing to the continuation and increase in social disturbances, unhappiness, lack of hope, high rates of mental illnesses and suicides.
To me it is a clear SOCIAL EMERGENCY! It is evident but not many are stepping up, and even if they do there is always the reluctance and opposition to change from significant influential players, therefore not much movement.
I believe the art will be the starting point opening up discussion, sharing and creating awareness.
I’ve got my life’s work cut out for me; things like this can not be precisely planned or charted, but I’m determined and committed for the long adventure and journey.
(note: I also had a great idea for a start up, in the medical field, as I thought this could possibly give increased funds to this movement as well as help the public population here in North America, but after lengthy research and thought I needed to decide what is/was of more importance and emergence. I also believe there are efforts already in the works on a national scale for data/government/medical/professional fields (not necessarily user friendly or for public access). The start up idea is something I would have found useful if it existed when I was falling through the cracks of the system while I was struggling with mental illnesses here, but again, I can not spread myself out thin; I need to do quality work with excellent results and utmost attention, in anything I strive towards.)
I also have a few things I would like to say about the direction of my Youtube videos, but that will come shortly.
Thank you so much for reading, and for your patience:)
Have a wonderful Autumn,