6/16/12 Japan Times Article

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fl20120616a1.html#.T-E79u1hnMH Clowning around in Tohoku to help children: American performer Guy Totaro puts his liberal political beliefs into action, setting out to change the world one smile at a time.

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Lunch Break in Kamaishi

Tohoku schools are still trying to catch up on their curriculum almost a year after the disaster. Because of that, I often do shows during the after lunch free time. Student attendance is optional, but this show at a Kamaishi elementary school today drew 270 of the 330 kids!

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Program Update…

In the past 10 months I’ve been to almost 90 schools and interacted with over 8,000 kids! Two more tours left – next one is from March 4th to 11th.

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Quote from a Kamaishi City Elementary School Principal 2/2012

“Unfortunately, I was unable to see the Smile Ambassador when he visited for the first time last June. I heard that the children and teachers all had a really great time. Guy-san returned for a second visit in September and I then saw what everyone was so excited about.

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Joseph Tame and his iRun Air!

The amazing Joseph Tame ran the Tokyo Marathon today with an HD camera on his head that he streamed live on ustream. Joseph visited me for a day of shows in Kamaiishi last November.

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Hoops and Smiles keep Tohoku kids warm!

The frigid weather couldn’t stop the Smile Ambassador’s 3rd  Tohoku tour of 2012!  Last week we visited 11 schools and interacted with over 600 kids from Rikuzentakada in southern Iwate to Kamaiishi in the north.

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Smile Ambassador Cartoons!

I was happily surprised to see that many daycare centers I’ve visit in Tohoku post their Smile Ambassador coloring pages for me to see!

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Kamaishi Newspaper Features the Shine On! Smile Ambassador Program

I was recently featured in a local Tohoku newspaper called the Fukko Kamaishi Shinbun. Below is the Tyler Foundation’s English translation of the article from January 25, 2012. Children smile with magic and games Tyler Foundation’s Shine On! Smile Ambassador visits nusry school in Kamaishi City. Gaetano Totaro – Guy, the Tyler Foundation’s Shine On! […]

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Thank you Jordon!

WOW! Jordon Cheung and I had SO MUCH FUN this past 11 days. Jordon is a natural Clown, which is the HIGHEST compliment I can give. 1,691 kids + teachers and lots of parents as well also had fun with him. Huge thanks Jordon & program coordinator Keiko-san. Next tour is from 2/19-2/24 w/ special […]

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5 Tohoku Schools Share Temporary Space…

‎4 Elementary Schools and 1 Jr High share these temporary buildings.now after their schools were all destroyed last March.

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Unbelievable Destruction!

Touni Elementary School in Kamaiishi, Iwate was totally destroyed. The students were heavily effected by their experience, but  by an large seem to be in good emotional shape. My 3rd Niko Niko Tasihi visit to their temporary school on Saturday was awesome! Thank you Keiko & Jordon!

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Thank you Huw!

Huw Lloyd and I have been doing shows together for a long time now. We usually play a silly form of Jazz in a band called The Infinite Happiness Orchestra. I know he’d be a hit with the kids up in Tohoku and it was very special to share this unique performance experience with such […]

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Pinky Promise!

Special guest Huw Lloyd and I make “Pinky Promises” with kids in the tsunami zone to return and have more fun together!

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Tokai Shinpo Article About Niko Niko Taishi

English translation of the 11/11/11 article; “Healing the Heart Through Friendship Smile Ambassador visits four city schools in Ofunato City. Guy-san, the Smile Ambassador lifting spirits in stricken areas with his performance, visited four Ofunato City elementary schools, finishing on the 11th.

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Tokai Shinpo Features Rie fu and I and the Shine On! Songs CD Vol. 1

Sakari Elementary School’s Chorus on CD – English lyrics to ‘Ame ni mo Makezu’ – Ofunato The ceremony of the presentation of the charity CD produced by the Tyler Foundation, who are developing support activities for children, was held on the 31st at Sakari Elementary School (Principal Sato Ko, 154 students), Ofunato City. The students of the […]

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Moshe Cohen Supports the Shine On! Smile Ambassador Program

August was a very busy and productive month for the Tyler Foundation’s Shine On! Smile Ambassador Program. Moshe Cohen from Clowns Without Boarders was our guest for 3 amazing and intense weeks.

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KIWAYA Ukulele Company sponsors my Tohoku relief efforts!

Music is a big part of the Shine On! Smile Ambassador Program and thanks to a generous donation by the KIWAYA Ukulele Company, Guy can bring his new “Famous” brand Ukulele everywhere he goes! http://www.kiwaya.com

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Shine On! Songs Volume One: Recording “Who I Want To Be” in Tohoku

The Tyler Foundation has started a new support project by means of music called “Shine On! Songs.” This project is a collaboration with domestic and foreign artists who empathize with the Tyler Foundation. The Foundation supports Japanese children with childhood cancer and their families through various programs. All of the proceeds will be used to […]

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Tokai Shinpo newspaper story about recording for Shine On! Songs

“Ame Ni Mo Makezu”  Children of Sakari Elementary participate in chorus musical recording in English An English translation of Kenji Miyazawa’s classic “Ame Ni Mo Makezu,” was recorded at Sakari Elementary School in Ofunato City (principal: Isao Sato, students: 153) on the 23rd. This was part of a musical project put together by the Tyler Foundation,

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Bringing Summer Smiles to Tohoku

School kids in Tohoku got a summer break so in August, we visited daycare centers, kindergartens and special events. The Smile Ambassador performed twice during the Ofunato Tanabata Festival. Banks and shops on the local shopping street were all destroyed. Now this small shopping center became the center of Ofunato community and commerce. Some even […]

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It’s HOT up north!

It’s been HOT up in Tohoku! This drawing was made by a 5 year old girl in Ofunato. She was a little off on my waist line, but she was spot on with how much I was sweating!

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