Nico Nico Smile project reached out in Japan

Nico Nico Smile project reaches out in Japan

On March 2011 a devastating earthquake and tsunami hit Japan. Mariko Hoshiyama, owner ofDrum Cafe in Japan was in her hometown, Sendai, when the earthquake struck. With her were two South African Drum Cafe performers – Nathi and Nomvula.

Mariko’s family owns a restaurant, and within days of the disaster she became involved in providing food to victims. Mariko saw clearly she could make a difference in the lives of survivors who had lost so much, and she intuitively knew that drumming would be a powerful way to deal with post-traumatic stress disorder.

With the help of Larry Lok from Taiwan, who designed a beautiful proposal, the Nico Nico project (which in Japanese means ‘to smile’) became a reality.

The initiative involves visiting schools, hospitals and shelters facilitating interactive drumming sessions with small groups. The entire initiative is fully sponsored and has already reached thousands of people in need in Japan. Mariko has run over 300 events to date.

Every day Nico Nico is helping people to reconnect to hope, to reconnect to life. Thank you Mariko for the incredible work you are doing!!!

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“My house is gone, I lost my job. But today I got a smile and I could laugh again. I do appreciate a lot what you have done today.”



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