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WONDER EYES PROJECT is a creative, educational, and nonprofit photo project for children that is based in Japan and was started by the initiative of Hikaru Nagatake, photographer. The project aims to give children the joy of creativity and communication, help a widening of their visual scope, and open up a sense of wonder while they commune with the nature or explore the culture and society around them. Additionally, the project seeks to promote a better understanding of different cultures and the world through the innocent eyes and perspectives of children, and facilitate international cultural exchange in the next generation. Since 2000, the project has conducted workshops and exhibitions in Japan and various countries like Australia, Brazil, Cuba, East Timor, Iceland, Indonesia, Kenya (a refugee camp), Mozambique, Russia, Taiwan, Uzbekistan.

After a period of hiatus, we are rebooting and launching a new framework, EARTHANDS, under which we will continue the Wonder Eyes Project. Our aim is to embrace not just photography but new initiatives that allow us to share the joys and wonders of life and tackle challenges together, building towards a hopeful future. Details will be provided as we make progress.

comments by the kids participants of the workshops

””I really enjoyed it!”  
“I discovered many things”
in Sumatra
“I found out my community is not so bad to live as people say” 
 at the slum area of Rio


from the photos by the children of the world