Wednesday, 6 April 2011

a new day for Japan

Murakami's Kaikai and Kiki characters
A few weeks after the horrific earthquake and resulting tsunami
that knocked out a huge aerea of northeastern Japan sending
ripple effects across Tohoku region and affecting everyday's 
life all over the country, celebrated Nippon artist 
Takahashi Murakami designed a charity t-shirt to 
raise funds for the victims of the terrible havoc.

“New Day” t-shirt photo by Jolin Tsai
Murakami's buoyant t-shirt featuring Kaikai and Kiki
characters alongside his smiling flowers with the
'new day' message is part of his wider project
called “New Day Initiative” which is about getting
artists to respond by drawing and posting their
artworks on social networks that will be put 
together later on to be shown online.

Murakami's self portrait is the first drawing of the “New Day” online project
Murakami's factory, the Kaikai Kiki Gallery, is taking
part in ”Zona Maco”, the contemporary art fair
which opened today in Mexico City with an
exhibition of eight emerging artists from the
gallery's incubation program, a recently launched
initiative through which the superstar artist
provides space for young artists to 
work at his own production studio.

The fine Mexican Art Fair logotype
The gallery will also be selling the “New Day” charity
t-shirt at the fair in the attempt at put up money worldwide:
all proceeds from the sales will be donated to the
organizations supporting the relief efforts.
“Tomorrow will always arrive. The sun will 
always rise again. A New Day.” Murakami wrote 
tempering sorrow with grounded hope.
Ganbare Nippon!


  1. Dearest Elisabetta,

    Artist Murakami started a very noble cause and those t-shirts are cute too.
    Wishing you a lovely day!

    Lots of love,


  2. Many peoples support Japan in many country. I appreciate it.