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Documentary Film: "The Cats of Mirikitani" (USA in 2006)

Hosted by a member of the Tokyo Changemakers Group
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Took place 1 month ago
Sat 22 Sep 12:00 - 17:00

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Documentary Film “The Cats of Mirikitani” at Tokyo Metropolitan Human Rights Plaza on Sat, Sept. 22.

12:00 Meet at A1 Exit of Shiba-Ko-En station of To-Ei Mita Line.

12:05 Lunch at Café on the 1F of Tokyo Grand Hotel (It’s café lunch starting from approx. Protected content
(IMPORTANT: Those who contact me for lunch place reservation before Sept 19, your seat @ the cafe will be reserved.)

<<If you want to skip lunch and join from the film, then please come to the venue at 13:30.>>

13:30 Arrive at Tokyo Metropolitan Human Rights Plaza, and look around the drawings by Jimmy Mirikitani.

14:00 Documentary film starts. (It’s a US film in English with Japanese subtitle)

15:40 Film ends, and short break
<<If you want to attend and listen to the talk session after the film, please stay at the venue.>>

15:50 Talk session by writer Mr. Tomoyuki Hoshino, just recently awarded the 54th award of Jun-ichiro Tanizaki <第54回谷崎潤一郎賞> and another writer Ms. Ann Irie in Japanese about the film. Those who understand Japanese and want to listen to the talk, please stay at the venue.

<Summary of the Documentary Film>
Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani was born in Protected content California as a Japanese American, and grew up in Hiroshima, his parents’ hometown, and returned to the USA in Protected content the middle of WW2. He and his Japanese American friends were sent to concentration camps, and he lost his relatives and friends by A-bomb in Hiroshima in the summer of Protected content .

He was deprived of his US citizenship in the camp, and had difficulty in finding jobs since then. He changed many jobs, and eventually lost job and residence in the late Protected content , and started to live on a street of NY as a street artist. He loved drawing pictures from his childhood, and drew many pictures of cats on the streets of NY. His strong message is “Make Art Not War!”

This film was very much highly applauded all over the world, full of hope with strong message against violence and war.