This Could Save Your Life: Creative Design & Disaster Preparedness

November 4, 2016
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Friday, November 4, 6:30 PM

SOLD OUT. A waitlist will begin at the Box Office one hour prior to the event.

Japan is rife with natural disasters—earthquakes, tsunami, typhoons, volcanic eruptions and floods—as a result, the country is a leader in disaster preparedness. Since 2006 Hirokazu Nagata, founder of NPO + Arts (Plus Arts) and the Vice Director of the Design and Creative Center Kobe, has been working with designers, social innovators and architects to craft thoughtful and creative design to create awareness and prepare communities for disasters. Join us for an introduction to his broad body of work, which includes collaborations with companies such as MUJI and AIG, preparing families through games and camps, pocket manuals for employees, and innovative emergency shelters, among other imaginatively designed products. Mr. Nagata will also lead us through a mini-workshop to make our own disaster-preparedness plates.

Followed by a reception—save your disaster-preparedness plates!

Tickets: $12/$10 Japan Society members, seniors & students

Box Office Policy

This Could Save Your Life: Creative Design & Disaster Preparedness is co-organized by The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership with the cooperation of the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations to mark World Tsunami Awareness Day (November 5) and to commemorate the fourth anniversary of Hurricane Sandy.

This event is supported by The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership.


Transportation is assisted in part by All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd.


  • Friday, November 4, 2016
  • 6:30 pm