Forest Seawall Association's "Legend of the Forest"

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Company: Forest Seawall Association, Miyagi, Japan
Entry Submitted By: KAY Corp.
Company Description: Forest Seawall Association is dedicated to implementing forest expert Dr. Akira Miyawaki’s plan to create long-lasting tide protection forests. Strategically planted sturdy native trees will effectively protect life and property from even greater tsunamis. In 2011 we raised over 200,000 seedlings with seeds from 16 types of trees with help from NPOs and businesses.
Nomination Category: Video & Film Categories
Nomination Sub Category: Security/Safety

Nomination Title: Forest Seawall Association's "Legend of the Forest"

Date this production was first released/publicly viewed: 2015/03/17

Briefly describe this entry's communications objectives and how it met those objectives (up to 125 words):

The Legend of the Forest video by the Forest Seawall Association tells a much needed story of hope. As a young student, Dr. Akira Miyawaki, now a world renowned ecologist, visited Hiroshima shortly after the bomb and was deeply moved to see new shoots growing from a tabunoki (Japanese bay leaf) tree where no one expected anything would grow for a hundred years. The tabunoki is central to Dr. Miyawaki's plan to plant a forest seawall, a self-sustaining diverse ecosystem that will stretch along the coast. Children play a large role as they plant tabunoki seedlings with their own two hands, creating a long-lasting forest that will protect them and their loved ones for years to come, building hope tree by tree.


Shooting: Masato Ebisawa / Sachiko Tomono / Shiori Hashimoto / Shizuka Kamata
Editor: Shiori Hashimoto
VFX Masato Ebisawa
Director: Shiori Hashimoto / Masato Ebisawa
Music: Yuichi Hirayama / Shobi University Libertybell Orchestra
CG Production Support: pH studio / snowman digital Art / Tsumiki Ogino / Yukihiro Shibamoto (matte paint)
English Translation: Koji Shidara
English Dubbing: Malin Eriksson / Joshua Ekstedt / Connor Green Chad Nakaoka / James Sato / Matthew Kasjan