The first Chara-Rimpa project was created in the spring of 2013 when kindergarten school director, Cho Kuwakado sought to create an art-focused event that would bring together students, teachers and community to celebrate the Lumbini Kindergarten’s 150 year anniversary. Dr. Yasuyuki Sakura, an established artist and alumna of the school, designed a process which would allow kindergarten aged children to contribute meaningfully, together with teachers and volunteers, to the production of a giant mural in their play yard.
Since then, the project has been carried out in schools around Japan as well as internationally, in California in 2014 and in Mexico City in 2015. Chara-Rimpa has created seven large-scale murals for schools, community centers and other organizations.
Cho Kuwakado is the director of Lumbini Kindergarten in Saiki City in Japan, and an arts educator. Dr. Yasuyuki Sakura, a well established artist and muralist, is the key architect of the project and conceptualized the overall plan. Graphic designer Toshie Yoshioka creates the project workshops and mural design. Hiroaki Seo, a photographer, records the process of the activities, the finished work, and the expressions of the participants. Editor Hanako Suro is responsible for communication and information-sharing. Keiko Kuwakado oversees planning and project management.