LIVING WITH DEMENTIA
RUN TOMORROW is a long distance relay with people
living with dementia, a sash handed over one by one
across communities in Japan. Our aim is to create a
community where people living with dementia can live
safely and comfortably in any town.
To enjoy everyday. To live positively. To help each other,
to dream, and to live. Going beyond thoughts of what
you can or can't do, and creating an environment where
people can go on living together with others while not
giving in to a feeling of hopelessness even if the things
you cannot do increase. Living with dementia becomes
just another standard way of life.
History and Future of RUN TOMORROW
From the principle of : "Instead of supporting
something for people living with dementia, we want to
achieve something together with them.“, RUN
TOMORROW was born. The first event, which
connected the 300 km between Hakodate and Sapporo,
was held in 2011.
Since then, the distance and the number of participants
have gradually increased, and finally in 2016 we ran
across Japan from Hokkaido to Okinawa, a distance of
Our dream is to hold RUN TOMORROW around the
world in the future.
There is a RUN TOMORROW website. On it, you can see
the RUN TOMORROW video.
We ensured that people with dementia took part in all
stages of the project. All documentary parts in the film
show ordinary lives of people with dementia in Japan.
The chorus part was sung by people with dementia
even through they can not speak English.
Young creators, people with dementia, people who
support them and all participating staff took leading
roles in this project. We truly respect and appreciate
them, and hope that all the world acknowledge them
through this film.
Making the movie:
DIRECTOR / CINEMATOGRAPHER / EDITOR / SCRIPT WRITER
Yasuhiro Tamura (EXIT FILM inc.)
[.que] / nao kakimoto
CASTING DIRECTOR / LOCATION MANAGER / SCRIPT DOCTOR
Makoto Okada (Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd.)
Center for Global Communications, International University of
Japan / Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd.
PRODUCTION & COPYRIGHT
NPO Dementia Friendship Club
Connections. The value of people isn't determined by what they can do or can't do. It's the
same with people with dementia. Meeting one another, talking to one another, doing things
with one another; Spending time together, feeling alive together.
That will eventually forge relationships, so that people can gently reach out to each other in
times of difficulty. That kind of natural "connection" - that's what makes life enriching.
JUST BEING FRIENDS.
Being connected to other people,
I think that's the greatest treasure there is.
Trust. Whether you have dementia or not, there is no clear boundary between what you can
do and what you can't do. Sometimes, things don't go how you want them to. But if the
people around you can accept things as they are, and trust each of their abilities, then that
would give people the confidence to take a step forward, to give people a reason to smile.
This trust will give people the power to live as themselves. By accepting each other, we will
be able to discover new opportunities, new joys.
Purpose in life. Looking not at what you've lost, but at what you have. Moving forward not
with your body, but with your mind. Then you'll realize that life is full of possibilities.
Don't give up on life. You can choose and build the life you want to live. Who you are can
never be lost.
Hope. Living with dementia does not have to be hopeless.
I'm me, regardless of whether I have dementia or not. I want to be of help. I want to have a
role in my life. I want to have fun. I want to communicate how I feel. I want to do things
with other people. I want to smile. It's by valuing such ordinary thoughts, and living an
ordinary life, we can create hope.
IT'S NOT ALL ABOUT BEING HELPED.
It doesn't matter if you make a few mistakes.
I think it's important to have some faith in the person.
DON’T MOURN THE THINGS YOU’VE LOST.
Just look at the things you can do now.
That's how it's always been.
“DEMENTIA? OH, OKAY.”
- that's how normal it should be.
We should be able to live without making a big deal of it.