TORII - Creative Writing was born on a ship in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. There were 240 young leaders from 11 countries traveling between Japan and Mexico, in a unique multicultural experience, called SWY (Ship for World Youth). Amid this cultural melting pot, the idea of creating a moment to write together came up.
Ivan Nisida, Founder of TORII- Creative Writing, narrates how it all started:
"I remember going up on that ship's stage to announce I was organizing a writing workshop. It was the first of my life. I was feeling very nervous.
I placed a sign up sheet on the panel and I waited. If 5 people had come, I would have been already very happy. When I went back to check the registrations, I experienced a shock, a mixture of enthusiasm and fear: 33 people had signed up. On that moment, I just froze.
Later, when anxiety faded away, I saw it as a great opportunity offered by life.
I was scared, still I went for it."
We needed to write."
There were 3 memorable workshops on board of the ship Nippon Maru. Participants opened their minds and hearts. They wrote, they discovered themselves and shared their emotions.
TORII - Creative Writing was born already connecting people. After SWY32, the workshops continued. They evolved. They adapted to social isolation, creating deep bonds, revealing creative writing as a powerful way to build connections.
"Sometimes you have to go to understand why you left."