Mar 25, 2019 | By Joanne Thomas
Another highlight from our recent trip to Tokyo was getting to connect with some of our dear friends from LA. We had the opportunity to attend The Tokyo LOVE Show, which was the official launch of Keep A Breast Japan, the newest international branch of nonprofit organization The Keep A Breast Foundation. The exhibition was the largest collection to date of Keep A Breast Foundation Breast Casts™ and featured a range of famous artists and noteworthy “castees” from around the globe.
Founded by Shaney jo Darden, Keep A Breast aka KAB, it is a non-profit that aims “to help eradicate breast cancer by exposing young people to methods of prevention, early detection and support”. KAB set it sights on expansion in Japan because there is a growing rate of breast cancer among its population, and through the arts and education, they hope to make a huge impact among young women in terms of awareness and responsive action.
Shaney jo Darden – Founder, Keep A Breast, Yasha Young – Curator, Tokyo LOVE Show & Kimmy McAtee – VP of PR and Marketing, Keep A Breast
The Tokyo LOVE Show, curated by Yasha Young, brought together over 100 artists from all walks of life, including the action sports industry, street art and graffiti as well as fine art. Each artist was asked to adorn a one-of-a-kind bust — in their medium of choice — cast from the bodice of women from both the Eastern and Western hemispheres. Proceeds from the sale of each and every cast will go towards Keep A Breasts Japan’s breast cancer awareness and prevention programs, ensuring that the artistic movement fueling this cause will have a tangible effect (after the show) throughout the global community.
Artist: Niky Roehreke & Castee: Laura Mazzarella
Artist: Jean-Paul Buquet & Castee: Takako Manon Nakanishi-Feret
Artist: Dalek & Castee: Erica Coffman
Artist: Abilio Marcelo Hagihara & Castee: Kozue Tajiri
Artist: Michael C. Hsiung & Castee: Dawn Gregory
Artist: Sage Vaughn & Castee: Gigi Jack
Artist: Paul Insect & Castee: Rumor Willis
We spent hours walking around the venue, trying to decide which one was our “favorite”, but there was really no way to compare as each unique, beautiful, cast spoke volumes about the personal journey of not only the artist but also the castee. At the end of the day, we decided that we just loved them ALL. Equally.
Artist: Nick Walker & Castee: Shannon Park
Artist: Masayoshi Hanawa & Castee: Daisuke Hosokawa
Artist: OCOZE & Castee: Manami Shiraishi
Artist: Hiroko Ueki & Castee: Carmela Fleury
The show will be up for the next week at the Omotesando Hills Grand Stairwell through May 31, 2012 and we highly recommend stopping by and checking out some incredible art for the greater good of all boobies. – Jeanine Pesce
All images by Amber Muenz
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