Dear Tohoku.

One hundred letters addressed to fabricated names and real addresses; written by friends, family, people we don’t know and no one that the recipient has ever heard of. A small manipulation of everyday life hidden within the postal system linking Japan and Australia.

Taking inspiration from the Mail-Art projects of Sendai fluxus artist Itoi Kanji as well as the tradition of writing wishes on Tanzaku paper during the Sendai Tanabata Festival, The Dear Tohoku project serves a dual purpose. The letters were written as a silent prayer, a message offering condolence and hope to the people of the disaster-affected regions of Japan. The returned envelopes offer the primitive normalcy of everyday life and even when left unopened can be seen as offering a personal exchange.

Sean Choo and LeeshTagTom

Thank you to Sean Bryen for providing translations.