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Akabeko Project

  • Japanese Institute of Sawtelle 2110 Corinth Avenue Los Angeles, CA, 90025 United States (map)

The Venice-West LA JACL Chapter is partnering with Akabeko Project and hosting an Akabeko painting workshop to raise awareness for the Fukushima community affected by the triple disaster in March 2011. 

Fun for all ages! Great for families! Bring your creativity and join us to support the Fukushima community impacted by the March 2011 tsunami, earthquake and nuclear disaster.

With a $25 donation, you will receive one Akabeko that was made in Japan by a family workshop in Fukushima prefecture. Supplies will be provided to paint, decoupage and more!

All proceeds will support victims of the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster.

RSVP by October 28, 2017 at or download the registration form by clicking here.


What is an Akabeko?

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Akabeko means Red Cow in Japanese.  It is a traditional toy from the Aizu region of Fukushima Prefecture, in eastern Japan.  Legend says that the akabeko was based on a real cow that would not leave a temple it had helped to build and had devoted its life to Buddha.  It also came to be known to ward off smallpox and other illnesses.  The akabeko has now become a famous craft and symbol of Aizu and Fukushima Prefecture.  

About Akabeko Project

Founded in 2013, the Akabeko Project is an annual event that raises awareness for those affected by the March 11, 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster by engaging community members of all ages in creative, cultural, and educational activities. The Akabeko Project fosters a continued awareness of the situation by hosting Akabeko painting workshops. 

The Akabeko Project’s mission is to continue to strengthen international relationships between Japanese and Americans and to educate our communities, both in the United States and in Japan, about the continuing struggles that face the citizens of Fukushima.

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