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In 2011, Rikuzen Takada, beautiful city with forest of pine trees was hit by one of the largest "tsunami" ever. Only one pine tree survived in a miracle, as all the other pines were swept away. Many people in Japan blessed the tree as a symbol of earthquake disaster reconstruction and became the "Hope" for many people.
The story of the miracle tree was written and talked over an NHK radio station in Japan, which became a topic across the nation slowly but firmly.
The story of "The Tree of Hope" has message for people recovering from the disaster as well as hope for many people across Japan.
One art director got to know of the story. Nizo Yamamoto, the famous art director of award winning animation of Studio Gibri, such as “Castle in the Sky”, “Princess Mononoke”, was moved and inspired by the story and called Man Arai to ask for the animation project of the story of miracle pine tree.
Both Nizo Yamamoto and Man Arai travelled across Japan to talk and act to keep the awareness of the need of support to recover from the disaster.
They both visited the area that was hit hard by Tsunami and directly talked with the people fighting hard to recover from the disaster.
Nizo wanted to animate the story so that the story can keep the awareness of the need of support in the area of north eastern cities of Japan.
And this is where the team of few people started to volunteer to help Yamamoto with the idea of his animation. The team had their own life and business outside of animation, but was also moved by the idea and needs of the animation to keep supporting the people that still is recovering from the earthquake and tsunami.
*Nizo Yamamoto and Man Arai talks about the story of "The Tree of Hope" animation project
*The art work of Nizo Yamamoto, where the tsunami had hit to swipe away all but one pine tree. Copy Right “The tree of hope” production committee
In 3.11, 2012, a group of 8 people gathered to discuss the animation project of the story of “The tree of hope”. The team volunteered to seek for sponsorships for the production cost. Meanwhile, Yamamoto, travels around Japan to create the main characters of the story, inspired by temples and statue of Buddha across Japan.
However, the animation is not completed without the funding. The gross required budget is approximately $5M USD.
The team decides to crowd fund the portion of funding for the project from individuals, which motivates the key investors to fund the project as the awareness of the production increases.
So any amount helps the production or even sharing the project through your Facebook, Twitter or any of your blogs, helps the production team.
Please join the project and support to produce one of the miracle story of "The Tree of Hope".
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