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Karoku Reading Club Part 1
“Watching and discussing the video work “Under the Wave, On the Ground” (Rikuzentakata, 2014)”

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If we get together and read records, we might discover more.

Karoku Reading Club is a forum for dialogue in which participants focus on records of past disasters and related creative expression (films, paintings, plays, memoirs, novels, etc.), and discuss their various thoughts and feelings.
For this event, the same records will be read simultaneously in Tokyo and Okayama, the relay point, with participants then joining together and sharing online the verbal exchanges, insights and discoveries made at each location.
Depending on participants’ neighborhoods or towns and their lives there, what they are able to read into and imagine from a single record is bound to differ.
Through the connection of separate locations and the exchange of leisurely dialog, participants will discover their mutual differences and similarities.
By means of conversational exchange via a single record, participants may be able to develop what they can read into records and enhance their perspectives on daily life. They may also unexpectedly make friends with people from faraway places.
Please join us in this simple platform for interaction, in which we bring along records of a town or neighborhood and exchange words.

*This event will be run with measures in place to prevent the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).
*Program details are subject to change.

Process on the day

  1. We will watch the video, and also read aloud texts related to the video.
  2. Forum for dialog (1) At each location, participants will engage in dialog from the starting point of how they felt when they saw the work or when they said something.
  3. Forum for dialog (2) Both locations will be connected for participants to share the words exchanged at each spot.

We will watch footage from “Under the Wave, On the Ground” (directed by Haruka Komori + Natsumi Seo)

Work: “Under the Wave, On the Ground” (2014/68 minutes)
In 2014, full-scale reconstruction work finally got underway in Rikuzentakata. Before the landscape was redrawn, the film makers walked through the ruins of the city with local people, listening to their stories of memories evoked by different places, and the emotions they were now feeling. From these encounters, Seo created a narrative, revising and rewriting it together with the narrators, and then got them to read it aloud. Guided by their voices and stories, Komori compiled video footage by overlapping the landscapes and times of the city. This is a record of the landscape and the stories left on the ground after the waves retreated.

Directed by: Haruka Komori+ Natsumi Seo
An art unit comprising filmmaker Komori with painter and writer Seo. They began working together after going to the Tohoku coast as volunteers in March 2011. Over three years from 2012, they engaged in creative work while living in Rikuzentakata. In 2015 they formed General Incorporated Association NOOK, an organization which creates records in collaboration with local concerns, and subsequently relocated to Sendai.
They still create works focusing on the documentation of landscapes and people’s words, developing forums for dialog in various regions.

Relay point
Houkancho, yonchome Lounge Kado(4-7-22 Houkancho, Kitaku, Okayama City, Okayama〒700-0026)
*The Okayama location Lounge Kado is seeking participants for the Okayama dialog session. Please see Lounge Kado’s website for details.


approx. 15 per day
*Advance application on a first-come, first-served basis. Closes as soon as capacity is reached.

Participation fee


How to apply

Please fill out the form in the following link.

Application deadline
Wednesday, November 16, 2022

*The application process may be closed before this date, depending on the number of applications received.
*Your personal information will be strictly managed, and used only for the purpose of pursuing this project and for contacting you.


Daichi Nakamura (writer and director/leader of Yaneura Heights/NOOK), Madoka Yagi(company employee/NOOK),
Haruka Komori (video artist/NOOK), Natsumi Seo (artist/NOOK) *Online participation

Guest facilitator
Minami Narita (lounge-kado), Kaori Sumi (Yononaka training room) *Online participation


NOOK (General Incorporated Association)


3331 Arts Chiyoda 3F ROOM302 (6-11-14 Sotokanda,Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)
Relay point: Houkancho yonchome Lounge Kado


Organized by
Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture), General Incorporated Association NOOK
Cooperated by
Houkancho, yonchome Lounge Kado