WONDER EYES PROJECT in Brazil 2013 & kids photo exchange
Having organized the photo workshops with the children of the world, Wonder Eyes Project did the workshop in Brazil in 2003. Then after 10 years, in 2013, another photo workshops in Brazil in the several places including Amazon and Rio.
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RIO - 12 communities July 2013
Wonder Eyes Project in Rio in July 2013
In July 2013, collaborated with the Brazilian organization FIRJAN of Rio, "wonder eyes" kids photo workshop were held in 12 communities of Rio de Janeiro. Participated a total of 177 children. After the orientation about the Japanese culture and photography, children took photos cheerfully, putting on the t-shirts made by FIRJAN. Received the photo cards with message from the Japanese children, and they also made the photo postcards and wrote their message in Portuguese.
"Look! It's cool!" Children took photos freely of their friends posing to the camera, smile of the people of the community, dogs and cats, trees and flowers, Christ of the hill and graffiti on the wall, from the beauty to the trash, discovering something new and interesting, in their home town. Please have a look at below "activity gallery".
Please have a look at below "activity gallery".
Embassy of Brazil in Japan, Consulate General of Japan in Rio de Janeiro, JAPAN FOUNDATION, Canon Inc., Canon do Brasil
Photo workshop @12 communities/slum area
children received the photo cards from Japanese children
Brazilian children love snap portraits. Posing to the camera each other, or making self-portrait. Also they took flowers, dogs and cats like the other children of the world love to do. Putting their eyes on the things beautiful and interesting, discovering something new around their surroundings. "Cool, isn't it?!", showing their photos. In Brazil, it is common to photograph on a mobile phone, but, for some children it was the first time to use a digital camera, and also it was a joy for them to have photo prints as it is not usual nowadays. Also they enjoyed Origami, too, making picture frame.
workshop@Cidade de Deus
Wonder Eyes Project in Rio in October 2013 with public school children
Photo workshop at the Public school Roma in Rio City. The school is just near the famous Copacabana beach, surrounded by the buildings and the streets with the heavy traffic. 20 school children participated and enjoyed photo taking freely in the school. Exchanged photo cards from the Japanese children of Wako elementary school in Tokyo.
Kids Photo Exchange Program – Japan×Brazil - Rio de Janeiro、October 2013
supported by: Embassy of Brazil in Japan, Consulate General of Japan in Rio de Janeiro, JAPAN FOUNDATION, Canon Inc., Canon do Brasil
Wonder Eyes project in Pará - Belem in October 2013
Organized together by the Japanese Consulate General in Belém, 2 photo workshops were held in the natural park “Mangal das Galças” and participated a total of 36 children. The Park is located in the heart of Belem City along the Amazon riverside. It is popular place to get to close the nature of Amazon. The participant children enjoyed taking photos, commune with the flowers, green, birds and butterflies of Amazon. For some children, it was the first time to handle digital camera and visit the park.
There was a comment like "Today is the great day in my life".
Kids Photo Exchange Program – Japan×Brazil - Belém, Para October 2013
Organized by the Japanese Consulate General in Belém, the Department of Culture of the State Government of Pará, Wonder Eyes Project
Supported by Embassy of Brazil in Japan, Japan Foundation, Canon Inc., Canon do Brazil
Wonder Eyes Project in Pará - Tome-Açú in October 2013
Organized together by the Japanese Consulate General in Belém, the Association of Promotion of Culture and Agriculture in Tome- Açú, and Wonder Eyes Project, photo workshops were held in the Nikkei School of Tome-Açú which is historically famous for the Japanese immigration and recently for “agroforestry”. Participated a total of 44 children with 2 workshops. The participants enjoyed taking photos in the “Forest of Immigration” and near the school and exchanged the photo cards of the Japanese children. Wonder Eyes Project did the workshop with this school in 2003/2004, 10 years ago. Most of the participants at that time are now university students with the hopes and dreams.
Kids Photo Exchange Program – Japan×Brazil - Tome-Açú, Para October 2013
Organized by the Japanese Consulate Gerenal in Belém, the Association of Promotion of Culture and Agriculture in Tome-Açú, Wonder Eyes Project
Supported by Embassy of Brazil in Japan, JAPAN FOUNDATION, Canon Inc., Canon do Brazil
Wonder Eyes Project in Tocantins - Indigenous communities in October 2013
Tocantins state is located in the central part of Brazil. It is the newest state in Brazil created 25 years ago (in 2013). With the big important rivers like Araguaia and Tocantins, rich in diversity, there are characteristics both of the Amazon and of Savanna, and in the southwest of the State, the Ilha do Bananal, the largest fluvial island in the world. With the support of Secretary of Education of Tocantins State Government, photo workshops were held at the 5 communities of distant area of three indigenous people: Xerente, Karajá and Kurahô. Participated a total of 75 children with 5 workshops. The participants took photos freely, river, birds and flowers, smile of the friends, girls with traditional feather accessaries, and so on. The people face the difficulties and challenges with the change of the modern world, but still live with rich and traditional culture, which represents for the diversity of Brazil. The workshops were very well received for the project was realized 10-year-after again, and for it was good opportunity for the young as educational stimulation, also to think of traditional culture and way of life. Some participants of 10 years ago living in the same communities, now become the leader of the cultural education, mother and father for the next generation.
Kids Photo Exchange Program – Japan×Brazil - Tocantins, Indigenous area, October 2013Organized by Wonder Eyes Project; Supported by Embassy of Brazil in Japan, Secretary of Education of Tocantins States Government, JAPAN FOUNDATION, Canon Inc., Canon do Brazil
mini gallery - October 2013
pick up photocards by the Brazilian children of Para and Tocantins State
from the exchange photo postcards made by the children of Belem
from the exchnage photo postcards made by the children of Nikkei School of Tome-Açu
from the exchange photo postcards made by the children of Indigenous communities of Tocantins
Kids cultural Exchange - Japan X Brazil
In the workshop, showing a little bit of the spirit of Japanese culture, communing with the nature, and made a photo frame with Origami (Origami is popular in Brazil!).
Photo Exchange - Japan x Brazil in TOKYO - June, 2013
Seiryo junior high school children took photos and wrote a message to the children of Rio. Selected photos like the big sacred tree, shrine and traditional houses, town with green, and wrote the message like:
"There are a lot of nature in Tama, in Tokyo"
"please visit our town!"
Photo Exchange - Japan x Brazil in Rio - July 2013
Brazilian children received postcards from the Japanese children of Seiryo junior high school .
"Wow, pretty!" looking at the photo of spot-billed duck.
"Look, is it really Japanese?" While reading the translation of the message, Brazilian children looked curiously at the handwriting Japanese letter. They also wrote a message with portuguese on their photo cards.
Photo Exchange - Japan x Brazil in Tokyo - September 2013
Japanese school children - Seiryo Junior high school children- received the photo cards from the kids of Rio. Some comments below:
"impressing photos, each different"
"rich in nature like Tama in Tokyo”
"I want to see the Christ Statue"
"it seems nice place with lots of green"
"nice country, with lots of nature"
Photo Exchange - Japan x Brazil -- Sep-Oct 2013
In Tokyo in September, Wako elementary school children, of 3rd and 4th year, took photos freely at school and made exchange message cards.
In Rio in October, at Roma elementary school of Rio City, did the workshop. The school children received the photo cards from Wako elementary school kids. In exchange, they took photos and made message cards in October.
"I love your photo card from Japan"
"It's nice to know your culture"
"I send you this photo I took in my school"
In Tokyo, in December, Wako elementary school children received the photo message cards from the Brazilian children of Roma elementary school of Rio City.
Photo Exchange - Japan x Brazil in TOKYO -- Aug-Dec, 2013
The Japanese children took photos and made the message cards, and exchanged them with the Brazilian children. Eta elementary school children in Yokohama took the nature around their school, from Kijima junior high school took the flowers and nature and associated photo with Haiku, from Ojiya junior high school took daily scene, festival etc., from Okayama school children took the nature photo with messages….
From Brazil, the children of Para State (Belem and Tome-Açú) and Tocantins (indigenous communities of Karajá, Xerente and Kurahô) participated and exchanged their photos.
In December @Ojiya junior high school in Niigata prefecture Ojiya school children receiving the postcards from Brazil, held self-made mini exposition for all to see and share.
some exchange photo cards Japanese children made
some exchange photo cards Brazilian children made