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ep011: Blue Tent Village, Yoyogi Park, Tokyo

ep011: Blue Tent Village, Yoyogi Park, Tokyo

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Windsor For The Derby.

A conversation with Ichimura Misako, artist, activist and resident of the "Blue Tent Village" homeless community of Yoyogi Park in Tokyo. Misako has been working for over a dozen years to empower people from the margins of Japanese society: the unsheltered urban poor, with a particular emphasis on improving the situation of women from this community. With the Tokyo Olympics 2020 approaching, her community is fighting harder than ever for their rights. Here she speaks of the activities she does at Blue Tent Village – such as a barter café, art sessions, writing workshops, creating colourful one-of-a-kind reusable sanitary napkins with the women of the community,.. – gentrification, the realities of homelessness, and the alliances with other anti-gentrification anti-capitalist anti-Olympics activists in Rio, Vancouver (both also Olympic Games cities) and beyond.
With music by Asakawa Maki, zounds, Windsor For The Derby, Japanese temple music and a spoken word piece by Mumia Abu Jamal.