At the heart of this project are a pair of life-sized sculptures of the A-bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. We seek $8,500 for a project – Suspended Moment – which includes an exhibit of Kawano’s devastating sculptures accompanied by Meshi Chavez’s Butoh dance. We invite community members to take a Butoh workshop and participate in the performance. With our initial funding, we will take Suspended Moment to Hanford, WA and Los Alamos, NM, which gave birth to the nuclear problem.




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Video by Kyle Porter (
Little Boy (folded)#2, installing on the steps of the Seattle Asian Art Museum,
(sponsored by Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility (WPSR)).
August 5th (August 6th, Hiroshima time), 2015

  My appreciation to Chris Allegri and From Hiroshima to Hope for sculpture stand design, construction, and donation.



Butoh 5
Photo by: William Alan Photo

Little Boy (folded) #2 (Choreography Kaoru Okumura, Green Lake, WA) 2015

  Special thanks to Chris Allegri and From Hiroshima to Hope




photo credit Lynn Geis

FatMan (folded) #2 (After Matsuo Basho) 2015





 Black Rain 2012






FatMan (folded) 2012






journal (the making of Fat Man (folded)) 2012



Little Boy (folded) 2011



sketch piece (the making of Little Boy (folded)) 2011

6 thoughts on “”

  1. Dear Yukiyo,

    I was introduced to your work at the Nikkei Legacy Center during your exhibition and am looking forward to the installation at the Glyph Gallery this month. I’m a poet and have published seven collections of haiku, tanka, and haibun. My husband and I lived in Kyoto for twelve years and we’re involved in the Portland Japanese Garden and the Nikkei Legacy Center. A number of years ago, I also had an exhibition there of poems and quilts on the internment camps. Please visit my website to learn more about my creative work. I would love to meet you and share stories about our projects.

  2. Your work at Milepost5 is beautiful.
    I live in the Loft building there.
    Perhaps we can meet sometime.
    Would it be possible to visit your studio?

    Very honored to see this lovely work.

  3. Wow, I hope to make it to the radio room soon. I only saw your one painting at Yute’s office. You’re installations are brilliant! Formations are also amazing and I want to see closer.

  4. I saw your “Little Boy” piece among a lot of “nice” weavings at the 2015 Lake Oswego Art Festival. So subversive and great. Like dropping a bomb in the middle of suburban sleepwalkers.

  5. Yukiyo
    We saw you at the Seattle Art Museum 4 years ago where you were displaying your “bomb.” We also met your mentor from Oklahoma I think. We know his teacher from New Jersey.
    We are in Hiroshima now and looking for some of your work or evidence of your work here. I wonder if that connection exists?
    Your work is very moving!


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