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Friday Nov. 4 Lecture: "This Could Save Your Life"


Japan is subject to many natural disasters including earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions, as a result, it is often at the forefront of disaster preparedness. Since 2006 Hirokazu Nagata, founder of NPO + Arts (Plus Arts) and the Vice Director of the Design Creative Center Kobe (KITTO), has been working with designers, social innovators and architects to create awareness and prepare communities for disasters through thoughtful and creative designs. Join us for an introduction to his broad body of work, which includes collaborations with companies such as MUJI and AIG, preparing families through games and camps, pocket manuals for employees, and innovative emergency shelters, among other imaginatively designed products. Mr. Nagata will also give a small demonstration of how to make "disaster-preparedness plates".  The lecture and demonstration will be followed by a reception.    

This talk will coincide with World Tsunami Awareness Day (Nov 5th) and also commemorate the fourth anniversary of Hurricane Sandy.  

Date: Friday, November 4, 6:30 PM
Location: Japan Society 333 East 47th St, Murase Room, New York NY 10017
Tickets: For tickets, please refer to the event page on Japan Society's website.  

This event is co-organized with the Japan Society, in cooperation with the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations and the support of All Nippon Airways, Ltd Co, Proctor and Gamble, and AIG.  

Photo Credit: Yoshiaki Tsutsui/Design Magazine AXIS