Tuesday, September 8, 2020

picture this!

greetings fellow heARTists around the planet!

it’s the 8th day of the 9th month, and time for more heARTwork by Yuri. 

however, this month we’re going to focus on our upcoming film about the legendary heARTist, haiku writer, traditional Japanese dancer, photographer, painter and home chef extraordinaire—Yuriko!

Yuriko dances the role of Sanshiro Sugata, a male judo master

the film will feature old super 8mm footage from the 1960’s that Yuri shot of her family, and we’re also including slides and photos of Yuri over the years.

here's an example of family footage on Youtube shot by one of her daughters:

Yuriko in backyard garden with Lulu, circa 1970's

although she was born in an affluent part of Tokyo, Yuri and her family were plunged into poverty when her father suddenly died. 

the film will tell the story of how Yuri found herself working as a live-in nanny at age 13; and, how she gave up a career in fashion design because Japan had engaged in so many wars that its citizens had to toil in arms-producing factories.

Yuriko in her 20's

we’ll also show how Yuri’s marriage to an African American GI following WWII changed her life completely.

Yuri's changing life

speaking of that, our War Brides of Japan, a docu*memory film series is currently available on Vimeo for just a few more weeks. here’s the link:


and, here's our website:


looking toward 2021 and Yuriko’s film, we remain…

Yuri’s Fans Forever

Monday, June 8, 2020

Yuriko's HeART

Yuriko with her daughter in Tokyo
greetings, heARTists and heART lovers throughout this amazingly heARTfelt world.

it’s the 8th day of the 6th month and time for more heARTwork by Yuri.

as mentioned before, we’ve finally completed our ‘War Brides of Japan, a docu*memory’ series. here’s the link that will take you to each of the 5 films where you can view a trailer before watching them:

and, here's the website:


now, we’ll begin our next film—all about about Yuri and her life of heARTwork! please stay tuned here for more news about the development of that docu*memory.

Yuriko's passport

on this page are some images that show what the film will feature—her childhood in Japan, surviving WWII in Tokyo, arriving as a war bride in the US during segregation and Jim Crow, and exploring heART forms like dance, painting, culinary heARTS and writing haiku.

dancing the role of a judo master

bon odori

a tiger has arrived

Yuriko cooks up some soul food

Yuriko relaxes with some ocha

until we meet again on September 8, please open your heART to more ART. we are...

Yuri’s Fans Forever

Sunday, March 8, 2020

heARTwork by Yuri, an International Woman

greetings, heARTists and heART lovers everywhere in the universe.

it’s the 8th day of the 3rd month and time for heARTwork by Yuri.

and, it’s International Women’s Day, too. around the world, women are still striving for equality in pay for work performed, in child rearing and housekeeping, and even in just being able to choose their own marriage partners.

feminist pioneers: Yuri on the left, Emiko on the right
while we still have a long way to go for women to be where they rightfully belong, we can tick off many accomplishments thanks to feminist pioneers.

unbelievably, Yuriko was very much a pioneer and a feminist in ways she didn’t even realize. being a Japanese war bride during the Occupation of Japan meant that women were able to date a man of their own choosing. that those men were very recently their country’s enemies meant a lot of women were ostracized, shunned and even disowned by their families.

still many persevered, married anyway and came to a strange country they’d never seen before where they created new families.

if you haven’t already, check out the 5-part series ‘War Brides of Japan, a docu*memory’, on Vimeo:

and, for more about war brides, go to:

meanwhile, enjoy some of Yuriko’s heARTwork featuring women scattered about this page.

a young woman
an elderly woman

a Japanese entertainer
 for more of Yuriko’s heARTwork, visit this website:

until we meet again on June 8, please celebrate the women in your life!

Yuri’s Fans Forever

Sunday, December 8, 2019

"War Brides of Japan, a docu*memory" for heARTist Yuriko

greetings, heARTists and heART lovers all over this great big planet and beyond!
Yuri as a young woman in Japan, front, 2nd from right

it’s the 8th day of the 12th (and last) month, and time for more heARTwork by Yuri.

we recently spent several weeks cataloguing her paintings, wood carvings, handmade dolls and other trinkets, so now we have a good record of all Yuri’s incredible heARTwork. 

in 2020, we’ll begin a film about her life, so we’ll be posting some never-before-seen photos. please stay in touch!

meanwhile this month, we’re once again veering from Yuriko's heARTwork to tell you about the many awards that our “War Brides of Japan, a docu*memory” has won. after all, the film reflects Yuri’s story, too.

several days ago, we learned that we're a Finalist in the Rome Prisma Film Awards. our trailer, “The Chase”, was first an Official Selection, then a Semi-Finalist, and now a Finalist. we will know in a few days if we will be the final winner, but it doesn’t really matter because we are just so proud to have been selected for the Finalist category in the first place.

*Picasso Einstein Buddha International Film Festival, Rishikesh Uttarakhand India: 

in November, we had several Official Selections in this fest. the final result was that we won a Best Trailer award for “The Chase” and a Best Film Poster award for “The Culture”.

*Indie Visions Film Festival, Tehran Iran and the State of Virginia:

in October, our trailer, “The Chase”,  was an Official Selection in this fest.

*Visualis Film Festival, St. Petersburg Federated States of Russia:

we had two film posters, "The Kids" and "The Culture" that were selected as Semi-Finalists in this fest.

*Great Message International Film Festival, Pune Maharashtra India: 

in September, several of our entires became Official Selections in this fest, including “The Chase”, which earned a Best Trailer award, and “Herstory”, a short experimental doc featuring two historians discussing Japanese war brides. 

*Lift-Off Global Network, Sessions 2019, Pinewood Studios, England:

the first festival we entered in January, was an online competition. for that, we presented a 5-minute short titled “The Race” which was a conglomeration of snippets from our 5 short films.

and below at our last post, you can see that our promo trailer, “This Doc Rocks! (Buddha)” was awarded Best Trailer at *The Buddha International Film Festival in Pune Maharashtra India and our “BFF’s; Buddhist Friends Forever” short doc won a Best Concept award there.

also, when we first began in September 2016, we were the Featured Documentary of the Month of our Fiscal Sponsor, *From the Heart Productions--due to our fundraising campaign.

we cannot thank our generous donors enough! you guys rock!

heARTist Yuriko is now honored in the 5 films that makes up “War Brides of Japan, a docu*memory”—which are all currently available for rent on Vimeo:


The Chase:


and, here are the 5 films available on Vimeo:


The Brides:

The Kids:

The Culture:

BFF’s; Buddhist Friends Forever:

and, please stay updated at these links:

for more on Yuriko’s heARTwork, please visit this website:

omedettou gozaimasu! happy new year, and see you in 2020 on January 8.

Yuri’s Fans Forever

Sunday, September 8, 2019

A Japanese heARTist Inspires A Docu*Memory Film

"Koi" painting by Yuri

greetings, heARTists and heART lovers of this heARTistic universe!

it’s the 8th day of the 9th month, and time for more heARTwork by Yuri.

again, this quarter, we digress from our usual exhibit of Yuri’s heARTwork (scroll down to view older posts featuring it). instead, we continue to bring you news about the 5-part series titled “War Brides of Japan, a docu*memory”, made in Yuri’s honor.
even though we were this close to wrapping up the films last quarter, we got so busy cutting new shorts and trailers to enter into film festivals. please give us a few more days, then check out our Vimeo link below to view the films. 

"War Brides of Japan, a docu*memory" collage
our last post featured 5 posters representing chapters of the docu*memory series, and we’re so happy to announce that all 5 were accepted as Official Selections in the Indo-Global International Film Festival, with the one titled “War Brides of Japan, a docu*memory: The Culture” winning a Best Poster award.

"Certificate of Excellence" from Indo-Global International Film Festival
our winning poster
and, in June, we also won Best Concept and Best Trailer awards at The Buddha International Film Festival of Pune Maharashtra India, respectively, for the film “BFF’s; Buddhist Friends Forever” and the short promo trailer "This Doc Rocks! (Buddha)".

"Best Concept Award" from The Buddha International Film Festival
"Best Trailer Award" from The Buddha International Film Festival
here’s the winning short promo trailer:

This Doc Rocks! (Buddha)

here are the other 2 promo trailers:

This Doc Rocks! (Daruma)

Rock This Doc! (Kokeshi)

and, here are all 5 film trailers on Vimeo:


The Brides:

The Kids:

The Culture:

BFF’s: Buddhist Friends Forever:

you can also get updates about the film at:

and, please check out sugoi heARTist Yuriko and her sugoi heARTwork at this site:

until we meet again on December 8, we are and always will be…

Yuri’s Fans Forever

Saturday, June 8, 2019

heARTwork by War Brides of Japan, a docu*MEMORY

greetings, heARTists and heART lovers everywhere!

it’s the 8th day of the 6th month, and time for more heARTwork by Yuri.

but this time, we’re going to showcase another kind of art. the following posters are for the 5-part film series titled “War Brides of Japan, a docu*memory” that will be released to the public over the next few days.

you may already know that as a Japanese war bride, Yuri used art to overcome hardships in her life. in her honor, we produced a film about Japanese war brides.

here are film 5 trailers you can watch on Vimeo:


The Brides:

The Kids:

The Culture:

BFF’s: Buddhist Friends Forever:

and, the good news is that our promo trailer, "This Doc Rocks! (Buddha)" and our film, “BFF’s; Buddhist Friends Forever”, were both official selections in The Buddha Film Festival of Pune Maharashtra India--screening this weekend!

This Doc Rocks! (Buddha)

please stay updated about the film at the following sites:

as for the amazingly incredible artist Yuriko, you can view her heARTwork at this site:

until September 8, ja. mate ne?

Yuri’s Fans Forever

Saturday, March 9, 2019

honoring Yuri & heARTists on International Women's Day

greetings, heARTists and heART lovers everywhere!

it's one day past (sorry!) the 8th day of the 3rd month and, time to show some love to the heARTist Yuri and to all women of the world on this International Women's Day during Women's Herstory Month.

once again, we're overwhelmed with activities leading to the completion of the War Brides of Japan docu*memory. however, it will be available for rent shortly.

meanwhile, in honor of this day, please enjoy some of Yuri’s paintings of women.

following are all the links you need to stay updated about the film.

war brides of Japan videos:
vimeo the chase
youtube the chase
youtube 88.1 Fresno interview
vimeo behind-the-scenes trailer
youtube behind-the-scenes trailer
vimeo pre-production trailer
youtube pre-production trailer
youtube v.2
youtube v.1

war brides of Japan websites:

war brides of Japan news:
stubborn hearts
multiracial media
DIFT interview
international examiner
international examiner 2
discover nikkei

war brides of Japan facebook:
fan page

throwing rice productions facebook:
fan page

war brides of Japan linkedIn:
how they learned to forgive and love the enemy
making love, not war
those bad ass brides!

war brides of Japan twitter:

war brides of Japan G+:
google plus

war brides of Japan blogs:
on the road

a war bride's artwork:

please look for our return here on June 8.

Yuri’s Fans Forever