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Why are we doing the "Outreach Through the Art" program?


All four of our outreach programs, Naoko-Art, Islands4Kids.org, Marine-Debris.org, and Miyakojima-kidsnet.org are entirely self-funded non-profit entities. We are creating a web-based educational program for children and young adults to protect the marine environment and beach ecological systems worldwide.
The salient features of our programs are preparing characteristic original images and visual materials to enhancing memory of life time , and facilitating a comprehensive idea of marine environmental protection and save the beach assets.
Providing original and distinctive artworks is the critical incentive to learn in-depth environmental conditions. Our outreach program is committed to increasing the amount of information input of the actual situation of the marine environment by using a large volume of visual media.
We believe in the transformative potential of art and visual media, and we also believe in children's acute sensitivity and strength of communication. Children who have learned a truth through visually stimulating materials desire to impart excellent impressions to their friends, siblings, parents, and grandparents.
These are the motivations behind our continued participation in this activity.

We were interviewed by a Japanese network television station when we first began working on coral whisper in Miyako Island, Okinawa. Our concept of creation, which includes "use the shape of the bleached corals and shells as found on the beach," "not adding color," and "using only water-soluble glue that decomposes immediately upon return to the sea," as well as "returning the corals and shells to the original beach after they are photographed," was brought to their attention.
We lived in Honolulu for over 20 years until 2004, so the opening session in the Bishop Museum's garden, done in traditional Hawaiian luau style, was very nostalgic and memorable.
Around 450 scientists, researchers, educators, and leaders of non-governmental organizations from around the world attended this meeting.
We presented comprehensive statistics on plastic marine debris originating in Asian countries that washed ashore at each of Miyakojima Island's observation locations at the 5th International Marine Debris Conference.
With Mr. Jean-Michel Cousteau, a well-known oceanographic explorer, film producer, and environmental educator.
He was the keynote speaker at the 5th International Marine Debris Conference.

We made a "Commitment Announcement" during the final session of the four-day conference.
We attended the Sixth International Marine Debris Conference 2018, co-organized by NOAA and the United Nations Environment Programme in San Diego, California, and gave a presentation.
Around 700 scientists, researchers, educators, and non-governmental organization leaders from over 50 nations attended.

We had the wonderful opportunity to meet with Captain Charles Moore, again. One of the most famous oceanographer and founder of the Algalita Marine Research and Education. We also attended his technical session presentation on their documentation of an increasing accumulation of marine debris while sailing across the north Pacific subtropical gyre.

An educational and outreach platform that we developed for our "Upper River Outreach Strategy to Minimize Plastic Marine Debris" presentation was made available to conference attendees.
Following the conference, we went to the beach in San Diego, California, with our friend Professor Saido to collect ocean water samples for quality analysis. Professor Katsuhiko Saido is a world-renowned and highly cited ocean water quality researcher and a pioneer in the field of waste polystyrene degradation in the sea.
We are occasionally invited to speak about marine debris and pollution to local charity organizations. This was one of the outreach activities at a district meeting of an international organization.
At the Redmond City Youth Program, we took part in an exhibition and informative session about ecology art.
This is the Redmond City Hall, which is near Seattle, where we live.
As an outreach project to promote the message about the need for protection, we are conducting as many as possible for an exhibition of artwork utilizing bleached coral, our symbol of marine environmental conservation.
Here we are in front of the display case at the Kirkland Public Library, a neighboring city of Seattle. At this time, we collaborated with a local high school to educate people about marine debris.
We take a boat to Yaebiji Coral Reef on Miyako Island, which is home to Japan's most densely packed coral reef. Because of the various changes in the marine environment, the coral bleaching phenomenon is very visible at Yaebiji.
After the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011, we continued to survey the beaches of Ocean Shores, Washington, where the Kuroshio Current reaches the west coast of the U.S. for about eight years, averaging two to three times a year, to collect data on plastic marine debris from the Asian source.
NOAA and the United Nations Environment Programme have recognized this research activity. (Survey reports are here)
This scene is one of our typical Marine debris arrival situation research and cleanup activities.
The ocean current also affects the coast of Ikema Island in Miyakojima., which brings in a constant stream of drifting plastic from the
East Asian region.
A survey of microplastic debris on Sanday Beach, Oahu, HI.
A microscopic examination of the sand on this beach revealed an unexpected finding: a significantly higher concentration of finely divided nano-scale microplastics than expected.
On the Career Day Event, Naoko visited the elementary school in Honolulu, Hawaii as a community expert to talk about arts and environments.
Our job is to continue developing new methods of expression and create visual materials that will resonate with children about the marine and coastal ecological environment, which will be remembered for a long time.
(Naoko at her workstation)

Artist activities before the 2000s

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