Get in touch! 2012

Host: “Get in touch Japan”

When: Monday, Dec. 3 to Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012

Where: Multipurpose Space “UMU”, Roppongi Hills, Tokyo
6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-6108

What: The event will feature
• “My Mona Lisa”, an exhibition of artwork by self-taught artists,
• A performance by Salsa Gum Tape, a band consisting of individuals with intellectual disabilities,
• “Graffiti for all”, a drawing event led by Kanayo Sugiyama, author and illustrator of children’s books,
• and a healing workshop and other workshops.

Several well-known musicians and singers have agreed to join on a volunteer basis and details will be announced later.

Why: To raise awareness of autism and other conditions that may cause vulnerability and isolation.


About “Get in touch Japan”

President: Chizuru Azuma, the actress whose volunteer work includes a campaign for bone-marrow donors and Friedensdorf International (the International Peace Village). Directors include Amon Miyamoto, stage director, Tetsu Kashiwa (Salsa Gum Tape). The staff includes people from disability communities and minority organizations (including gay groups) and from the fields of entertainment, style, design, photography, children’s books writing and illustration, editing and academia.



Last December, Get in touch – Tsunagaru and Yorisou, a performance event designed to raise awareness of all aspects of autism, was held during the US / Japan academic conference on autism spectrum disorder hosted by Autism Speaks and the Japan conference committee. This performance highlighted our aims for a society whose members shed their indifference to others and feel again the special bond of human sympathy and kindness. This successful event involved the autism community and also the participation and support of many artists who shared in the spirit of the movement, including musicians, painters, writers and illustrators. There was an open art exhibition and concert and awareness events featuring artwork and performances by individuals with autism were held throughout the conference, concluding with a press conference featuring renowned artist, and Autism Speaks Ambassador, Yoko Ono.
Get in touch was adopted as the theme because of a growing concern about the future of our children since the devastating earthquake. The relationships formed during this event have created a Japan-wide network of activities supporting the disaster-affected area and the “Get in touch Japan” organization was founded to expand these activities The event Get in Touch! 2012 will be held at Roppongi Hills “Multi Purpose Space UMU”) from December 3 to 9. We would welcome any assistance with publicity, project planning and donations.