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Hanami is the Japanese custom of admiring the transient beauty of blooming flowers. People in Japan gather to celebrate the short but epic life of cherry (sakura) and plum (ume) blossoms. Beauty is an essential gradient of our civilization. It is highly praised but just like the the blossom – it is fragile.

Hanami Foundation arose from the desire to promote and protect aspects of beauty in the material and spiritual culture of two geographically distant countries : Poland and Japan.

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About

Hanami Foundation was established in 2017 as a result of a lifelong fascination for Japan and 15 years of lively contacts with Japanese families and companies.

From 2003 Japan has significantly marked it’s presence in Poland, specifically by installing a major headquarter of Toyota on the outskirts of Wroclaw. The Japanese community populated the city and the “company families” became the main population of the IB Wroclaw International School, where the founder Joanna Tomaszewska was the Head Librarian and where she befriended “Japanese mothers”.

In 2015 Joanna with her daughter Marta Burdzy and son Rafal Burdzy decided to experience the “Japanese dream” and moved to Tokyo while signing a contract as the Head Librarian of Aoba Japan International School. Soon after arriving in Tokyo for the founders it was clear that this incredible city offers enormous perspectives of artistic growth and business potential. As a highly sophisticated society the Japanese have the ability to appreciate the most subtle beauty and are constantly craving the new and unknown.

Hanami‘s goal is to deliver the highest quality experience to those willing to explore aspects of Polish material and spiritual culture. This is by creating a platform consisting of projects and funds that is a bridge bringing together the best of Poland and Japan.

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Contact

email: hanami.foundation@gmail.com

Japan office

tel. (+81) 090-8515-7535

2-10-5 Hikarigaoka, 1111

Nerima-ku, Tokyo Japan 179-0072

Poland office

tel. (+48) 881-332-525

Ul. Ujejskiego 4a/1

51-141 Wroclaw, Poland

 

 

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Founders

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Marta Luiza Burdzy

Born 01.12.1991 in Wroclaw, Poland; emigrated to Toronto Canada, where she spent 10 years and received a double citizenship. Middle school and high school completed in Poland, studied Interdisciplinary Individual Studies (MISH) at Wroclaw University and Universite Paris VIII. After graduating moved to Hong Kong, where she started her career as an international school art teacher while studying Mandarin and traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy. In 2015 moved to Tokyo, Japan.

Artist, international school art teacher, model, event organizer, wine expert and entrepreneur. She believes that art and business can be great partners and Polish-Japanese friendship has a great potential to be unlocked through artistic and commercial activities.

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Joanna Tomaszewska with son Antoni

Born in 1965 in Wroclaw, Poland, studied literature at the University of Wroclaw and librarianship at the University of Toronto, Canada. While in Canada worked for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and was involved in a monumental documentary film project “Canada – a People’s History”. After returning to Poland in 2003 she was one of the first teachers of Wroclaw International School. Her first students were Japanese, who arrived to Wroclaw with their parents involved in establishing Toyota Factory in Jelcz-Laskowice near Wroclaw. Coming to Japan in 2015 was like fulfilling Joanna’s long lasting desire of exploring this fascinating country, and studying it from a more serious than a tourist’s point of view. In her opinion – studying Japanese literature gives a true insight and is an index and mirror of a nation’s mind.

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Rafal Burdzy

Born in 1997 in Toronto, Canada arrived to Tokyo in 2015, After graduating form an international school – started his intense course on Japanese Language at Sophia University. Rafal is fascinated by Oriental languages and claims that learning them can help dyslectics to overcome difficulties related to reading.

Rafal is experimenting combining a concept of fitness and body building with benefits of Japanese amazing cuisine. He dreams about opening a Japanese restaurant in Poland. To take full advantage of living in Japan Rafal is learning how to cook in a Japanese way – he is currently an intern in a Michelin-star restaurant in Tokyo.