We Are All Radioactive is an episodic documentary film created, produced, directed, and written by San Francisco-based journalist Lisa Katayama and TEDTalks creator Jason Wishnow. It tells the story of a community of young surfers who are helping to rebuild a small coastal town destroyed by the tsunami in Japan in March 2011. Motoyoshi was a secret surf spot for ocean enthusiasts from Sendai. When the tsunami swept away the people and buildings there, a team of young surfers drove out to the coast, pitched tents on unaffected patches of land, and started helping generations of fisherman become entrepreneurs so they could spearhead their own reconstruction projects and develop new business ideas.

Seven short themed chapters make up Season 1. Half the footage is shot by our team, and the other half is shot by the locals themselves. The first half of the series was entirely crowdfunded. All the episodes are subtitled in Japanese and English.

The Crew

  • Lisa Katayama

    Lisa is a journalist who writes about Japanese culture for Wired,
    Boing Boing, The New York Times Magazine, and NPR. She’s
    spoken publicly about Japanese culture at major conferences in
    Japan, Singapore, and the US. She’s best known online for the
    award-nominated blog TokyoMango and for founding the design thinking boot camp The Tofu Project.

  • Jason Wishnow

    Jason Wishnow is the filmmaker behind TEDTalks, the award winning
    video series watched nearly one billion times. Wishnow works at the
    intersection of film and emerging technologies and has been called an
    “online-video virtuoso” (New York Times, 2009), the “enfant terrible of
    digital film” (The Guardian, 2000), and one of the ten most influential
    digital filmmakers of 1999 (RES Magazine).

  • Edited by

    Jason Wishnow, Alex Morgan, and Yuko Inatsuki


    Lisa Katayama, Yuko Inatsuki, and Ken Miura

  • Shot by

    Jason Wishnow, Ken Miura, Hiro Nagaike, David Waldman,
    Hidehiko Ishimori, Kazuki Kasahara, Toshio Kikuchi, Misaki Konno,
    Nagisa Konno, Kazuya Satou, Autumn Ness Taira, Yuji Taira,
    Tomo Saito, Jamie Williams

  • Title design

    Ryan Reeves

  • Sound design

    Will Storkson and Ben Young

  • Associate Producer,
    Episodes 3 + 5

    Kaoru Hayashi

  • Associate Producer,
    Episode 4

    Daisuke Kan

  • Production help

    Adrienne Nishina

  • Original Website Design

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  • New Website Design

    Tact Sasajima