“Tree of Hope”

Directed by Leslie Kee

Tree of Hope

< Message from Leslie Kee >
We are celebrating Earth Day from Tokyo Skytree, the tallest tower in the world.
The colorful wish ribbons will be tied to the Tree of Hope displaying people’s wishes in the most beautiful way.
Together with my husband Joshua and all my wonderful friends, who are featured in this special music clip, we would like to deliver the messages of hope to the world, with all our love.

Leslie Kee

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Leslie Kee

Photographer

Born in Singapore, graduated from Tokyo School of Visual Arts. Leslie Kee is one of the most internationally renowned fashion, art, advertisement and celebrity photographer. Based in Tokyo and travels frequently to work in New York, Paris and other Asia regions. He is also an artistic film director for short films and music videos.
Leslie was awarded the 40th Japan Advertising Photographer’s Association – Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry Minister’s Award for his Great Eastern Japan Earthquake charity photo book「LOVE & HOPE」published in 2011.
He has self-published more than 100 titles of 「SUPER」magazine series, which he has collaborated with big names such as Lady Gaga, Yohji Yamamoto, Ayumi Hamasaki, Yoshiki, Rent Musical, DSqaured, Armani Exchange, Gap, Adidas, Uniqlo, Lacoste etc.
His LGBT project「OUT IN JAPAN」which he spent 5 years photographing over 3000 portraits of LGBT people in Japan, Taiwan and Singapore, was selected as Recommended Works by Jury of the 19th Japan Cultural Affairs Media Arts Festival Entertainment Division.
Leslie is also a pioneer enthusiastic promoter of the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals), collaborating with the United Nations and directed the first official music video「Boogie Woogie Love Train」 for SDGs Japan.
In 2016, Leslie has been assigned by NHK as the official photographer and film director for a four year project titled 「2020 PORTRAIT MESSAGES by LESLIE KEE」 to support Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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Joshua Vincent Ogg

English Teacher / Model

Born in 1988, Ohio, USA. Married to photographer Leslie Kee. In December 2017, when Joshua was interning as an English teacher at Okayama University of Science, he met Leslie in the 「OUT IN JAPAN」project in Hiroshima. After returning to the United States to complete his bachelor’s degree at Wright State University, Leslie flew to Ohio to propose to him in May 2019. They are the first gay couple to hold a marriage equality wedding party at the Tokyo America Club on 22 November 2020, Good Couple Day. While working as an English teacher, he is also active as an art and fashion model. Joshua and Leslie together as a couple are essential role models and popular public figures on TV and social media in supporting marriage equality and spreading the importance of diversity, especially in Japan and Asia.

Message of Hope

Leslie Kee & Joshua Vincent Ogg

Koichi Omae

Chizuru Azuma

Nico The Owl
Aika

Kelsie Watts

Reezy

Hiroyuki Watanabe

Hiroko Mima & Alexander McBride

Durian Lollobrigida

Lilika & Yui

KTR

Amazons

Joshua Vincent Ogg

Ryo Aitaka

Rioske

Fujioka Family

Hiroshi Fujioka

Ai Tensho

Amane Tensho

Maito Fujioka

Mai Fujoika

Joe Nakamura

Minori & Sanika

Ichinosuke Umekawa

Mame Yamada

Hitomi Goto

Yuki Sato McFarlane

Kosmic Sans

Steven Haynes

Asa Sokol Kubiak

Shuzo Ohira

Yayoi Daimon

Sean Osada

Aisha Harumi Tochigi

Hiroko Mima

Raimu Kaminashi

Yuki Sonoda

Misato Ishizaki

Megumi Watanabe

Miss Universe Japan

KELO & Atsushi

Chikako Takemoto & Shiori Murayama

Riki Fujimaki

Maroka Uchiyama

Arata Urawa

Noro Kodai

Masumi

Rina Suzuki

Takara Nakamura

Ruben Fernandez Vela & Takumi Sato

Bobby Pitts

Ryo Higuchi

Sarahphina

Yuu Kamiya

LIVE OUT LOUD

Written by AIKA , Kelsie Watts , Reezy , NicoTheOwl
Produced by NicoTheOwl
Performed by Kelsie Watts featuring Reezy

Runnin & runnin
Im after somethin
Somethin to take me to the other side
High on a feelin
I kept believin
All that i needed’s on the other side

Breathe it in
‘Drenaline
Party just startin
Dancing across the finish line Imma win
Hurdlin
Feel my heart pumpin Dancing across the finish line

Oh Baby
Everything i’m needin
Love is what i’m feelin
Shout it out
Live out loud

Oh baby
In my coliseum Unity is freedom Shout it out
Live out loud

Runnin & runnin
Im after somethin
Somethin to take me to the other side
High on a feelin
I kept believin
All that i needed’s on the other side

Breathe it in
‘Drenaline
Party just startin
Dancing across the finish line Imma win
Hurdlin
Feel my heart pumpin Dancing across the finish line

Oh Baby
Everything i’m needin
Love is what i’m feelin
Shout it out
Live out loud

Oh baby
In my coliseum Unity is freedom Shout it out
Live out loud

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Photographer & English teacher.

LESLIE KEE &
JOSHUA VINCENT OGG

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Dancer

Koichi Omae

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Actress / Producer

Chizuru Azuma

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Music Producer & Singer / Songwriter

Nico The Owl &
Aika

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Artist

Kelsie Watts

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Artist / Actor / Model

Reezy

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Actor

Hiroyuki Watanabe

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National Director of Miss Universe Japan & Hotelier

Hiroko Mima &
Alexander McBride

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DragQueen / Singer

Durian Lollobrigida

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Pole Dancer & Double Dutch Performer / Trainer

Lilika & Yui

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Krump Dancer

KTR

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Vocalist Group (Yuko Otake / Kumi Saito / Tomoko Yoshikawa)

Amazons

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English Teacher / Model

Joshua Vincent Ogg

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K1 Fighter

Ryo Aitaka

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Artist

Rioske

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Fujioka Family

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Actor

Hiroshi Fujioka

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Actress

Ai Tensho

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Model

Amane Tensho

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Actor

Maito Fujioka

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Model

Mai Fujoika

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Actor

Joe Nakamura

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Dancer & Dancer

Minori & Sanika

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Japanese Dance Master

Ichinosuke Umekawa

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Actor / Comedian

Mame Yamada

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Model / Actress / Illustrator

Hitomi Goto

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Basketball Player / Coach

Yuki Sato McFarlane

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Visual Entertainer

Kosmic Sans

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Charisma Multi Talent

Steven Haynes

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Performer / Former Cirque du Soleil Artist

Asa Sokol Kubiak

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Model / Actor

Shuzo Ohira

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Artist

Yayoi Daimon

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Actor / Model

Sean Osada

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Miss Universe Japan 2020

Aisha Harumi Tochigi

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National Director of Miss Universe Japan

Hiroko Mima

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Miss Universe Japan 2020 1st Runner-Up

Raimu Kaminashi

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Miss Universe Japan 2020 2nd Runner-Up

Yuki Sonoda

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Miss Universe Japan 2019 finalist

Misato Ishizaki

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Miss Universe Japan 2019 finalist

Megumi Watanabe

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Miss Universe Japan

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Dancer & Dancer

KELO & Atsushi

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Dancer & Dancer

Chikako Takemoto &
Shiori Murayama

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Performer / Former Cirque du Soleil Artist

Riki Fujimaki

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Dancer / Farmer

Maroka Uchiyama

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Circus Artist

Arata Urawa

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Dancer / Artist

Noro Kodai

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Dancer

Masumi

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Dancer

Rina Suzuki

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Dancer

Takara Nakamura

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Lawyer & Architect

Ruben Fernandez Vela &
Takumi Sato

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Artist / Photographer

Bobby Pitts

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Krump Dancer

Ryo Higuchi

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Model

Sarahphina

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Model / Actor

Yuu Kamiya