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Cheryl Okubo is an American art therapist who resides in Ibaraki, Japan.  She organized the collection of broken dishes in her area after the Great Tohoku Earthquake, and has been offering mosaic making workshops for people wishing to show their solidarity and support for people in Tohoku ever since.  Volunteers from Peace by Piece go on various missions in Tohoku to teach and assist people who are piecing their lives back together and trying to rebuild their communities. It is a very slow process, but we will never give up!  Your participation is greatly appreciated.

If you would like to get in touch with us, please leave a comment below.



  1. May 3, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    Hi Cheryl

    This is Kevin from the facebook disaster group.

    I apologize for my piece by piece messages on facebook. I prefer email or phone, and am not used to using facebook for long messages.

    In addition to everything I said, what I did not manage to get into the message is what we do and give any info about myself.

    I run One Life Japan with my wife. We originally started with the idea to make volunteer/educational / active programs (by bike or hike and farm work) in the countryside of Japan. To date, due to baby and everything that come with that we have not moved forward past tourism as quickly as we would have liked to. But we have made much progress.

    We often make small scale programs within the community and local grade schools – one only has six students, and is the smallest school in the prefecture.

    Anyway, put that aside, I have been working with an NPO in the area, trying to make some program for an international school to come here and do even a two day camp with the children from this school (longer would be better, but I realize the scheduling issues involved).

    Aside from my own business, I am an Outward Bound ( outdoor education instructor when I have time. I

    I am trying to get a teacher to say yes to you coming here (possibly with some of your students) to make something. The main worry now is that it is dangerous for the grade school children. Though the teacher is fine with the idea, she is worried about complaints from parents. I will talk with the junior high principle one the vacation is over, or before that if possible.

    I am very interested. If the schools say no I will look into organizing it myself here or in the neighboring village.

    Kevin Cameron

    What age group do you usually work with, and

  2. cheriru said,

    May 5, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    Nice to meet you, Kevin! Thanks for posting.
    I’m sure that we can organize some sort of workshop in your area, whether it is held in the school or local community center (KOMINKAN).
    I understand the fears of having kids work with broken dishes–but with gloves I think they’re well protected.
    I’m currently working with Japanese adults (I’m fairly bi-lingual) and elementary aged children in an international school (using English).
    Once the newspaper article is printed here (May 14) I’ll send you a copy so that you’ll have something in writing to show school or city officials. This will put their mind at ease and allow them to know exactly what we’re doing here. I’ll also include some pictures by then.
    Please send me your mailing address for this purpose.
    Let’s keep in touch until something is worked out, it would be great if Peace by Piece made it to Nagano, thanks to you!

  3. Daniel Wong said,

    May 9, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Hi Cherly,

    I will be in Tokyo from 16-20 May and hope to meet up with you to learn more about your project and how art therapy is practiced in Japan.

    I was practising as an art therapist in Sydney for 6 yrs before relocating to Bangkok/Singapore. I am free anytime on Monday to Wed. I am also thinking of traveling up to Sendai to meet Prof Morita on either Thur/Fri.

    Best regards

    • cheriru said,

      May 16, 2011 at 9:46 am

      Great to hear from you, Daniel!

      I am free Tuesday afternoon, please contact me at to discuss art therapy, this mosaic project, or to arrange a meeting.

      I would very much like to hear about your work and conacts in Sendai as well.

      Looking forward to it,


  4. Vicky said,

    November 6, 2012 at 5:15 am

    Hello Cheryl,
    I will be visiting Japan during Dec 28 – 31 and looking for opportunities to help out. Just curious if you group may need any volunteers on your projects around that time?

    • cheriru said,

      September 26, 2013 at 11:20 am

      I’m so sorry that I missed this message, Vicky.
      Do you plan to be back in Japan this year?
      We meet on the 2nd Saturday of every month to make mosaics.
      Would love to have you help out!

  5. Carol Rust said,

    December 5, 2017 at 10:44 am

    how is this progressing. If you want to do a workshop in Portland Oregon USA let me know if I can help arrange it. Carol Rust

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