SPIRIT OF JAPAN

Little Chairs, Big Hopes: 12 Years of the “Kimi No Isu” Project

Aired: June 22, 2018


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In Higashikawa, a town in Hokkaido, each baby born has been receiving a handmade wooden chair, called “Kimi No Isu” – or “your chair.” The design and materials of the chairs may change year by year, but the idea behind this project remains the same. Each chair is a way for the whole town to express gratitude for the birth of a child, and to celebrate their arrival into the world. For the children, the chairs are their own special possession and own special place.
104 of the chairs were also sent to children born on March 11, 2011 in areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake that occurred on that day.
These chairs also symbolize a desire to recover a lost sense of community. We take a close look at 12 heartwarming years of the Kimi No Isu Project.

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