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Revisiting the earthquake & tsunami affected area in Ishinomaki, Japan to capture the enormity of the disaster.
Revisiting the earthquake & tsunami affected area in Ishinomaki, Japan to capture the enormity of the disaster.
83 backers pledged $3,332 to help bring this project to life.

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Resilience - Photography Exhibition

Opening Reception: Thursday April 18th 6-9pm

Method Art Gallery

April 16th - 27th 2013

"Resilience" is a collection of photographs taken in the city of Ishinomaki in Japan where on March 11, 2011 the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami devastated the area. The reconstruction of the town has been extensive and filled with many obstacles. It is deeply rooted in Japanese culture that if something is worth having it is greatly sought after and requires dedication and perseverance. Rather than just documenting the destruction the tsunami left behind, these photographs symbolize the resilience that the Japanese have embraced.

"Resilience" is an exhibition of photographs by Airi Katsuta.
"1000 cranes for Ishinomaki" will also be on display.

Method Art Gallery:
4200 N. Marshall Way, Suite 1, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Hours: Tuesday -Saturday: 11-5pm
Artwalk Thursday : 6-9pm
Sunday -Monday: Maybe

Photo paper sponsored by INNOVA

Book published!

Hi everyone!

I'm sorry I haven't been updating for a very long time, but life is harder than I thought after graduating. Everyone tells me, "welcome to the real world!" and I'm just adjusting to it.

Anyways, I just wanted to give you an update on the project!

After long hours of scanning, photoshop, sequencing, and going over my notes that I took in Ishinomaki, I have finally put together a book! It was hard to leave out some photos because I loved most of them, but sequencing/editing plays an essential part in photography.

Instead of it just being a photo book, I put descriptions beside the photos, so you can learn more about Ishinomaki and my experience.

Click here to look through my book!

And go to my website, to see more pictures that didn't make the cut in the book.

If you never received your rewards, please email me at with your address and I will send it as soon as I can. If you had books for rewards, I will be sending that out shortly. Thank you for your patience!

If you are in the Phoenix area on February 23 and 24, feel free to come to the Japanese Matsuri Festival to see my 1000 Cranes cyanotype display.

I want to thank you a thousand times more for supporting me throughout this journey.

Please let me know what you think, I love feedback, good or bad!



Long overdue update!

Hi Everyone!

Sorry that I haven't updated in a very long time. I just got so busy with my internship, going back to my old job, then quitting my old job, and going to interviews, and finally getting a new job. I am freshly employed at the Phoenix Art Museum as a Gallery Attendant and I am learning so much already! I think this will be good for my career in the long run than being a server at a restaurant.

But anyways, I just wanted to update you on my project so far. I believe I sent out all the cranes and photos to the backers up to $100. If I haven't, please email me at for your information.

I am in the process of making the photo books for the rest of my backers. The photos came out great and I am so excited to share them with you.

I have uploaded a portion of it on my website, at so please take a look and let me know what you think.

I will be getting back to scanning more of my negatives so be on the lookout for more pictures!


Thank you all for your support.

peace & love,


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I'm back!

Konnichiwa, Everyone! (That's hello in Japanese :-P)

I recently got back from Japan a week ago. And I have to say, it was an amazing trip!

I met so many great people in Ishinomaki, got to interview them and take their pictures. They loved the crochet cats and hand knitted clothing that I gave them in return. It was so easy to get to know them because everyone was so nice and welcoming. It was a great experience. Now the hard part, which is getting my film developed, scanning, printing, and organizing! I wish I was still in Ishinomaki... :)

Thanks to all my backers, this trip was made possible. I really can't thank you enough!

To see more about my trip, go to my blog.

I am currently working on the rewards for the $100 backers, which I will be sending out in a week or so. If you haven't filled out your survey for your shipping address, please do it asap to get your cranes! :)





3 updates on the blog.

Hi everyone! Its been a week since I've been in Japan. I'm having the best time of my life listening to stories from the tsunami survivors. Just wanted to let you guys know that I've been updating my blog with lots of pictures. I'm shooting in film and digital so you get to see the digital ones now, and the film ones will be available when I'm back in the states.

I'm only one click away so please let me know what you guys think as of now. I appreciate all kinds of feedback!