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Radio for voices from a decade on

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This is an internet radio program where the knowledge, insights and technology that emerged out of disaster will converge as “voices.” Through readings and music, guest interviews and letters/emails from listeners, the program will lend an ear to the present, ten years on from the Great East Japan Earthquake. Presenting the program will be Sendai-based Natsumi Seo (artist/founder of NOOK) and Kazushige Monou (Granny Rideto), with writer/director Daichi Nakamura handling production.

2020 marks ten years since the Great East Japan Earthquake. Newly forming communities and towns are emerging as reconstruction work proceeds in coastal areas of Tohoku. While it is harder to find old scars, people are perhaps now able to find the words to talk about it, precisely because time has passed.

We believe that everyone living in the aftermath has these words inside of them; not just those who have got on with life and work since the disaster, but also people who were children at the time, people who would like to engage with disaster-hit communities, those who wish to take another look at the disaster, etc.

This radio program will act as an interchange for the knowledge and insights, thought, technology and emotion that came out of the aftermath of the disaster. We will document and broadcast the voices of diverse people, regardless of where they live, or whether they experienced the disaster or not.

*The name of the radio program Mononook comes from its resemblance to the Japanese phrase meaning “the things inside,” but also references the historical name of the Tohoku region (Michinoku) as well as the name of presenter Monou.

Program outline

Initial program streaming date:
Saturday, June 27, 2020 from 21:00, Saturday, July 25, 2020 from 21:00,
Saturday, August 15, 2020 from 21:00
*Around 2 hours long (scheduled for twice-monthly broadcast thereafter)
Delivery: To be streamed on this YouTube channel.
*Stream archive and reports to be made available on Art Support Tohoku-Tokyo website.
Presenters: Natsumi Seo (artist, founder of NOOK), Kazushige Monou (Granny Rideto)
Producer: Daichi Nakamura (writer/director/leader of Yaneura Heights)

We want to hear from you!

Please tell us your favorite go-to forms of expression in certain everyday situations.
Favorite songs and poems, books that have influenced you, treasured paintings, somebody’s conduct or habits you find interesting, anything like that.
Please tell us, with an accompanying story or anecdote, the situations when you turn to forms of your important expression, and what interests you about these expressions.
Your submission will be featured in the program’s listener selection spot “Watashi no rikomendo (my recommendation).” We also welcome the usual letters/emails, questions, requests and more. Please send your views and messages to


Script: Daichi Nakamura, Natsumi Seo
Production Manager: Haruka Komori
Recording/Streaming: Yusuke Fukuhara, Naoki Hamada
Radio Jingle: Nami Sato
Design: Yutaka Sato


NOOK (General Incorporated Association)
“Mononook: Radio for a decade on” project office

*Your personal information will be handled as strictly confidential, and used only to send you information from the organizer about this event.
*Program details are subject to change.


Organized by
Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)
Planned and operated by
NOOK (General Incorporated Association)