About Zapuni

Zapuni unites Japanese visual artists with world-renowned musicians to create and dedicate videos to charities that help children affected by the Great Tohoku Earthquake and Fukushima Nuclear Disaster in Japan with the power of music.

Founded in 2012, Zapuni has assisted in the creation of 3 short movies.

In 2013, team Zapuni produced two videos, Psychedelic Afternoon and Blossom. Psychedelic Afternoon brought together the music of David Byrne and Ryuichi Sakamoto with the animation artists Uruma Delvi. Blossom featured the song “Hoppípolla” by Sigur Rós combined with a touching anime created by Yutaka Yamamoto.

In 2014, Zapuni is thrilled to be bringing to the world By Your Side. The studio behind the globally popular character Domo-Kun, “Dwarf,” has created a stop-motion music video for Sade’s Grammy-nominated song. The video is dedicated to El Sistema Japan and their effort to support the children’s orchestra and chorus of Soma, Fukushima.

Tens of thousands of people were killed, injured or have gone missing and as many as 100,000 children were reported to be uprooted from their homes due to the 3-11 earthquake, tsunami, and the subsequent nuclear meltdown.

The name “Zapuni” from an old Sicilian word for a garden hoe. Zapuni symbolizes the work we do to cultivate awareness and spur people to action in support of children affected by the disaster.

Watch our videos by clicking on each image

By Your Side

Psychedelic Afternoon

blossom

Charity Partner El Sistema Japan

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What you can do

Make Fukushima Children Smile

“I love playing music, especially as a part of an orchestra because we create harmony when we play songs together.”— Serena, 5th grader

Who we are

Zapuni members

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Gregory Rood

Producer | Zapuni
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Vince Shortino

Founder | Zapuni
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Sade

Artist | By Your Side
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Tsuneo Goda

Director | By Your Side
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Tetsuya Murayama

Producer | By Your Side
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Mayu Shimizu

Web Director | Zapuni
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Seiji Nagai

Advisor | Zapuni
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David Byrne

Artist | Psychedelic Afternoon
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Ryuichi Sakamoto

Artist | Psychedelic Afternoon
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UrumaDelvi

Animator | Psychedelic Afternoon
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Sigur Rós

Artist | blossom
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Yutaka Yamamoto

Animator | blossom
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Hiroaki Takeuchi

Producer | blossom
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Roland Kelts

Writer | Zapuni
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David Hoppe

Lawyer | Zapuni
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Emily Balistrieri

Translator | Zapuni
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Hiro Wakiyama

Writer | Zapuni
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Patric Macias

Writer | Zapuni
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Mycroft

Chairman | Zapuni