I started taking pictures of work by the street artist known as 281_Antinuke a couple of years ago because I thought it was beautiful. Now I shoot it because I think it’s the voice of young Japanese saying to their society: we don’t want prosperity at the price of environmental destruction.
While the government tries to distract people with the 2020 Olympics and talk of reviving the economy, street artists like 281_Antinuke are out there reminding people that the radiation coming from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant that melted down in the wake of the 3/11 tsunami and become the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl, still isn’t contained.
They say it takes seven exposures to an idea for people to take notice. 281_Antinuke’s art is quietly ratcheting up the public’s awareness meter, one piece of graffiti at a time.
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Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!