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.