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.
A girl is playing the piano for her friends when their room starts to shake. After the earthquake, they rebuild their lives little by little, longing for the girl to return.Launch Project
Seiji is tormented by horrible tsunami-flashback dreams, but one night he wakes up and his beloved grandfather has appeared. With a strum of his grandfather’s guitar, Seiji is transported to a colorful, slightly strange, psychedelic world and finally manages to have a good dream.Launch Project
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