Photos by the 113 Project
Wesley Julian is the Director and Executive Producer of Tohoku Tomo & the 113 Project. As an alumnus of the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program, he was in Miyagi, Japan on March 11, 2011 visiting former students and friends when the earthquake struck. Seeing the devastation first-hand and losing a close friend in the tsunami, he returned to the U.S. committed to helping bring attention to the ongoing needs in the areas devastated by the tsunami. With no prior experience in film-making and fueled only by passion, Julian gathered a film crew and created the documentary Tohoku Tomo in 2013. He hopes Tohoku can be reinvigorated and viewed beyond the scope of the disaster, and was moved to make the 113 Project his full-time job in order to help further the goal.