Poet & NPO Founder - Ueda Kanayo

Meet Ueda Kanayo, an Osaka-based poet, activist and NPO founder helping disadvantaged former manual laborers to build community and discover themselves through the creative arts.

For many former workers, Ueda's open-participation creative workshops have been a life-changing opportunity to express themselves
Ex-laborer Tominaga Takeshi discovered a talent for building unique moving artworks that call to mind Japan's karakuri tradition
Ueda organizes numerous events to build community among homeless former workers
One of Tominaga Takeshi's works