Falling in love with the backpack bags

Falling in love with the backpack bags at an exhibition and told myself that I want to be in this meaningful event! Made a request to Daisuke through a few friends (artists) and waited patiently for a reply because they may not have any bags left.

I was blessed to be part of the Field Trip Project Asia with my backpack bag to share!

I titled the artwork: Hope is like a star in the darkest night
Presenting a new life and hope in nature though sometimes destroyed or ruined. We must always believe that in the darkest night the stars shine the brightest. Our beautiful earth is here to stay, not a load on our back but our honor to care and love. Wishing that the bag would bring smiles to many despair hearts.

A big THANK YOU to my friends and Daisuke!

The Jidai Project

I am really honoured to have been given the opportunity to be a part of this project. Upon receiving the radonseru, I couldn’t imagine changing the bag into anything else. It looked too precious. I decided to put things inside instead and allowed the bag to become a vessel for transformation.

As an artist I am always exploring my identity/identities and thought this project was so apt to build deeper connections with my Japanese heritage. With this project, I learnt the sashiko method of embroidery and decided to use them on the five stones. Each sac took me about 45 minutes to complete and inside each sac is a strip of paper, handwritten with lyrics from the Jidai (Time goes around) by Miyuki Nakajima-san. Jidai (Time Goes Around) One of my favourite singers, Hideaki Tokunaga also made a cover of the song.

With the five stones, I hope to connect people using a simple game as a platform to evoke conversations about pasts, traditions, who we are now and who we might become in the future.

On 27 July 2015, I situated myself outside 8Q, Singapore Art Museum with the five stones and radonseru to meet the public and interact through a game of five stones. Everything happened was beyond my imagination and definitely surpassed my expectations. It was truly an amazing experience and I cannot wait to see what will happen when the bag and five stones reach the children in Fukushima.

To follow the project, add me on Instagram: @riekoartsg, @schmeezo and #thejidaiproject

Field Trip Project coming this August!

Field Trip Project Asia is a brand new open art initiative responding to recent natural disasters. From preparedness to relief, recovery process and networking, the project involves artists from Asia to freely share and exchange creative ideas.


Started in 2012, Field Trip Project is an interactive traveling art exhibitions that bridge communities in support for 2011 tsunami/earthquake in Japan. It consists of 75 artworks created by Japanese and Canadian artists within Japanese elementary school backpacks (Randoseru) originally sent as relief supplies. The Project has traveled to over 20 destinations in Japan started at disaster affected areas and currently touring in Canada.

Field Trip Project’s website: http://fieldtrip.info