PHOTOHOPE 2021 – October 10, 2021

PHOTOHOPE – October 10, 2021

A Community Photowalk Across Tokyo for Suicide Prevention and Mental Health

Totem Pole Photo Gallery to Sensoji via Tokyo Tower

UPDATE: Thanks for coming everybody! Amazing event! Full report coimng soon. In the meantime, fill out the PHOTOHOPE 2021 – Feedback Survey where you can also upload images!

HOT OFF THE PRESS! PHOTOHOPE 2021 NEWSLETTER with all the Photowalk details in both English and Japanese 🙂

Quick Guide:

1. Register to take TELL’s Step up Challenge here:
2. Let us know you’re coming by signing up here (or form below):
3. Be at Totem Pole Photo Gallery before 10am on October 10th, 2021:

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To all the Photohomies!

It’s time to be PhotoHEROES! We’re uniting our photographic powers and passion for peace and goodwill and we need YOU to join us!

This Sunday October 10, Photohoku is hosting the first annual PHOTOHOPE Photowalk across Tokyo, from Totem Pole Photo Gallery to Sensoji via Tokyo Tower – to bring attention to mental health and well-being, to de-stigmatize mental illness, and to support organizations dedicated to suicide prevention like TELL – Tokyo English Life Line.

PhotoHEROES! 写真の力とその情熱を、少しでも優しい未来と困っている人のために使えたら。

今週日曜日、10月10日は世界メンタルヘルスデーです。Photohoku ï¼ˆãƒ•ã‚©ãƒˆã‚¦ãƒ›ã‚¯ï¼‰ã¯ã€ãƒ¡ãƒ³ã‚¿ãƒ«ãƒ˜ãƒ«ã‚¹ã‚„ウェルビーング(精神的、肉体的、社会的に満たされた状態のこと)の周知、心の病気についての偏見をなくすこと、TELL – Tokyo English Life Lineのように命をつなぐ活動している団体を支援することを目的に、PHOTOHOPE(フォトホープ)を立ち上げ、10月10日に東京のTotem Pole Photo Gallery – 東京タワー – 浅草寺のコースを、写真を撮りながら歩くPhotowalk(フォトウォーク)にチャレンジします。ぜひ皆さんのご参加をお待ちしています!

She’s right.

Whether we’re connecting with our own pasts in photo albums, or celebrating the lives and times of loved ones, or maybe acknowledging somebody’s dignity in a portrait, or sharing the magic of an instant photograph, photography can be a kind of therapy.

Thats why we’re walking across Tokyo, to clear our minds and focus on Mental Health issues and those that struggle with them. We’re walking 20,081 steps to remember all those to didn’t make it out of their mental unwellness last year in Japan.

Had more readily accessible counselling and support resources been available to them, like those that TELL offers, maybe they’d still be us. If society thought of getting mentally well as the same as for getting physically well, we could remove the stigma associated with mental illness. That’s our HOPE and why we care so much about supporting this cause.




How to Participate – It’s easy!

  • Rally some friends to walk with!
  • Go to TELL’s Step Up Challenge and each register (Â¥1500):
  • Let us know you’re coming by signing up here (free):
  • Bring proof of registration to Totem Pole Photo Gallery before 10am on October 10th to receive free film (see below)
    10月10日10amまでにTotem Pole Photo Galleryに行き、TELLから受信したメールを受付で見せ、フィルムを無料で受け取る (フィルム詳細は以下)

Note: If you want to participate as a checkpoint volunteer, let us know
注意: 参加者としてではなく、運営ボランティアとしてお手伝いいただける方がいれば、その旨お知らせください。

Walk, Talk, Photograph!

Starting Line: Depart from Totem Pole Photo Gallery starting at 10am
スタート地点: Totem Pole Photo Gallery (新宿) から10amに出発

Checkpoint: Picnic a Shiba Koen near Peace Lantern under Tokyo Tower
経由地点: 東京タワーが見える芝公園の平和の灯付近でお昼Finish Line: Sensoji
ゴール地点: 浅草寺

Finish Line: Sensoji
ゴール地点: 浅草寺

Totem Pole to Shiba Koen Park: 1~2 hours – Bring your own bento
Totem Poleから芝公園: 約1-2時間 – お弁当持参か途中でTake Out!
Shiba Koen Park to Sensoji: 2~3 hours
芝公園から浅草寺: 約2-3時間
Secret mini bonus prize at the goal point!

Free Film

A beloved member of the film photography community tragically succumbed to suicide not long ago. Sadly a giant a huge stock of film was left behind and entrusted to us to put to good use. We HOPE this will be a fitting tribute to the Photographer’s life and legacy.

Note: All participants can receive “several” rolls of film (it will depend on the total number of participants.) There will be both 35mm and 120 film formats. Consider all the film deadstock and for “experimental” purposes. If image results are critical, best to use fresh stock! Have a backup plan if you need!

ご家族や友人から、彼女の残した膨大なフィルムを何かいいことのために使って欲しいと連絡があり、私たちが譲り受けています。 今回彼女のフィルムを使わせてもらうことで、一人のフォトグラファーが生きた証とレガシーにつながればと願っています。

注意: 参加者全員”数個”のフィルムを無料で受け取れます (フィルムの数は、参加人数によって変わります)。35mmと120mmのフィルムを用意していますが、長期保存されていたため、デッドストックとお考えください。あくまでも実験的な仕上がりを楽しんでください! 出来上がりにこだわる方は、ご自身でもフィルムを用意するなどご検討ください。

Walking Notes:

21,081 steps is about 14km – it’s a looong walk! Participants needn’t walk the full length. Go your pace and distance. Walk some or the entire length. Start at TPPG or anywhere along the way. Train or taxi the final stretch as needed. Have fun. Focus thoughts on mental health!

21,081歩は約14kmと長距離になります。ゴールはあくまでも目安なので、無理せず、自分のペースと可能な距離の範囲でお楽しみください。スタート地点もTPPGではなくても大丈夫(フィルムのお渡しはできません)。必要であれば途中で電車やタクシーを使ってもOK! メンタルヘルスと癒しの旅なので、とにかく楽しんでください!

Camera Notes:

Please bring your own cameras. If you don’t have a camera, borrow one! Don’t have a film camera? Shoot digital! Use your phone! Anything is ok! Best to avoid tripods and cumbersome rigs. Go for light and easy! You’re walking 20,000+ steps!

ご自身のカメラをご用意ください。もしフィルムカメラがなければ、カメラ好きに借りてください! それも難しければ、デジタルカメラでも、携帯カメラでも! どんなカメラでも大丈夫です! ただし三脚などは避けてなるべく身軽に動けるものでお願いします。二万歩以上歩くのですから!

Covid Notes:

We wish and expect this to be a safe event. PHOTOHOPE is implementing infection prevention measures based on the Guidelines for the Prevention of the Spread of the New Coronavirus Infection of Tokyo. Please be mindful of distancing, and please minimize risk by masking up! Also, If you have a temperature of 37.5° or higher, or if you have any physical symptoms, please refrain from participating and take care of yourself! Thank you. If you don’t wish to take these precautions, please support us from home 🙂



THANK YOU SO MUCH! We’re so excited to have you all here with us and grateful for your continued support! We can’t wait to see where this journey continues to lead us and to be able to share it with the Photohoku Family!

いつもご支援いただきありがとうございます! ã¾ãŸPhotohokuファミリーの皆さんと、新たな挑戦についてシェアできるのを楽しみにしています!

Love from Tokyo,
Brian and Yuko

Special Thanks

Thank you to Totem Pole Photo Gallery for providing our starting line and to everybody who has helped up plan this event. We hope to have more partners joining us. If you’d like to get involved, send a message to (Eng) and/or (JP). 

Join the Facebook Event or Linkedin Event and let us know you’re joining us! Download Press Release as .pdf.

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