July 16, 2011 - March 11, 2018

Ongoing Environmental Community Project

Himawari Project is an on-going environmental activity in which I distribute sunflower-growing kits. Sunflowers have the natural ability to absorb radioactive cesium from contaminated soil, and with this kit, you grow a sunflower from a seed embedded in the middle of the nuclear warning symbol drawing on the hand-cast biodegradable paper. 

I launched this project in summer 2011 in response to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant meltdown. Since then, I have distributed over 700 sunflower planting kits in the US and Japan, in collaboration with the filmmakers in Tokyo, farmers in Fukushima, and P-Patch* community in Seattle. It has been nice to receive photos of blooming sunflowers from people who participated in this project.

Himawari means sunflower in Japanese.

*P-Patch is community-stewarded open space for organic urban agriculture in Seattle.