Loving Day Tokyo - Hafu Project picnic | Loving Day

Loving Day Tokyo - Hafu Project picnic

When and Where is the Celebration?

Date and Time: 
06/12/2011 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Yoyogi Koen

Hello everyone!!

We are happy to announce that we will be having a casual picnic to gather and see all of you who have helped and supported us throughout the progress of our film, photo exhibits, talks, etc!!

Also it is the anniversary of the day Interracial marriage became LEGAL in the US back in 1967, so as it is an important day in history we wanted to celebrate Loving Day in Japan Vs. Loving Day in NYC.

Here are some facts about Loving Day:

Loving Day is named after a case and the people who were fighting for their rights: Mr. and Mrs. Loving.

Mr. and Mrs. Loving were arrested at night while asleep in their home for the crime of being interracially married.

Thanks to the Loving decision, laws against interracial marriage were declared unconstitutional and interracial marriage became a part of civil rights in the US.

Interracial marriage is legal today, but there is still a lot of prejudice.

We can use education about the past to fight prejudice in the present and the future.

Loving Day is celebrated by many people across the US and in countries around the world, and we are sharing this celebration with them today.

To know more about Loving Day visit: www.lovingday.org

Please come along and join us while the weather is perfect!!

Bring along some foods and drinks you want to share, leisure sheets bug spray if necessary, etc, etc!!

Hoping to see you there!!

You are welcome to bring friends, bf's/gf's or anyone who you think should join our little event!

This event is hosted by The Hafu Project


After The Event

How did it go?: 

While we went all out last year to celebrate Loving Day, this year we thought we would keep things simple. On Sunday, June 12th, we held a small picnic of friends and family of the Hafu Project to honor Loving Day, rejoice in each-others company, to say thanks to all those who have volunteered and put in hard work to help us get this far. Despite the some what gloomy forecast, we had a good turn out and a great time.

We wanted to celebrate these days for the following reasons:

1) Loving day is the day that mixed couples won the right to marry in the US in 1967. While this was never the case in Japan, we feel that as the children of mixed couples, we should celebrate that such prejudices and injustices were overcome. If anyone knows of anything similar in their own country, feel free to updated us.

2) A whole year has passed since we had our first preview screening event publicizing the production of this film.

3) We also wanted to mark this event as the beginning of the end of the production of the film. While we still have some filming left to do, Lara and I have decided that the time has come for us to begin editing. This means we are shifting from making this film in our free nights and weekends, to making it full time. It's both a scary and exciting time as we will be living off our savings over the six months necessary to complete the film. We hope we can count on your continued support.

Hope you had a great Loving Day!

Photos by Mike Connolly.

Watch a video from this event on YouTube