“Open Your Heart,” a charity exhibition that includes photos from Tibet, France and Japan, will take place in Kamakura from Dec. 1 to 9 to aid the plight of Tibetan orphans. The exhibition opens with a musical event featuring Tibetan dancers, a biwa (Japanese lute) performer and a chanson singer. Profits from the sale of photos and postcards will go toward buying clothing, shoes and school supplies for the children.

The organizer of the event, Evelyne Sentenac, a photographer and longtime resident of Japan, held her first charity photo exhibition five years ago, after she visited Tibet in 2002 and was deeply saddened to hear about the situation of many Tibetan children living in Dharamsala, India, the location of the Tibetan government in exile.

Many of the children’s parents perished during the arduous trek across the Himalayas from Tibet to India, or died in India of tropical diseases that they had never encountered in Tibet.

Entry to “Open Your Heart” (10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) is free on every day except for Dec. 1, when it will cost ¥2,000 to watch the musical event (and also see the exhibition). The event takes place at Chabo Gallery Kaeda, Kamakura-shi, which is a 13-min. walk from Kamakura Station. For information, visit www.kaede-kamakura.com.

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