SOAS University of London

We are Collecting Koi-Nobori for Fukushima

A year on, over 150,000 people still live in shelters after the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami on March 11th. Many children have lost their parents and their smiles. There are still frequent aftershocks.

The University of Fukushima and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Fukushima City have started collecting original "Koi-Noboris" with your wishes. - Koi-Noboris is a traditional carp-shaped wind sock to celebrate the national Children's Day with the hope that the children will grow up healthy and strong. The entire city will be decorated with Koi-Noboris on this year's Children's Day on May 5th. The collection will also be shown in the "Fukushima Modern Art Biennale 2012". 

We believe that this project helps to encourage traumatized children in distress and pain. Please create your own Koi-Noboris with your warmhearted words and make a difference in overcoming this disastrous situation.


  1. Material should be weatherproof (e.g. cloth, non-woven fabric, acrylic fabric, etc.)
  2. Size – W 35cm , L 75cm (including 10cm tail)
  3. We appreciate any designs. You are free to write your wishes on it.
  4. Please be aware that we cannot send back your KOINOBORI. Also, we cannot reimburse postage.

Post: Koichi Watanabe, Fukushima University, Department of Painting, 1 Kanayagawa, Fukushima-shi 960-1296 Japan
Tel: +81 24-548-8226