First Charity Project Using NFT: All Profits From Sales of Content Produced by Miss Bitcoin To Be Donated

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Gracone Inc., whose representative director is Mai Fujimoto and which operates KIZUNA HUB, a platform connecting ideas that change society through SDGs x Blockchain, will donate approximately $12,000 (JPY 1.3 million) in sales collected as of March 2021.

The donation was acquired from the sales of “Explore the History of Bitcoin with Satoshi,” the first product created by ATH Sisters, a duo comprised of representative director Mai Fujimoto and Ven, a voxel artist who leads a Japanese team on the blockchain game “The Sandbox,” and a visual work that depicts a future in which blockchain is widespread, which was created by filmmaker VJyou (Yu Ayato) and sold on the NFT (non-fungible token) platform Rarible.

The proceeds will be donated to certified NPO DxP, headquartered in Osaka City, Osaka and helmed by chief director Noriaki Imai, which will use the funds to provide food and sanitary products to support young people in need and suffering due to Covid-19.

The hopes and aims of the KIZUNA NFT charity project

There’s a phrase and philosophy in Japan called sanpo yoshi ‘good for all three sides’ – the three sides being the seller, the customer and society. It’s a perfect phrase for this NFT charity project. When fans purchase NFT artwork, they will not only be joyful about receiving the work, but they will also be able to support those in need.

We have been making donations using cryptocurrencies, but we feel the need to create a mechanism to attract more donations, as simply promoting low fees and transparency has not been enough to raise the expected amount.

In addition to the elements of sanpo yoshi, the NFT charity includes entertainment that allows more people to have fun while collecting donations. This is our first project, but we are planning to engage in continuous collaboration with wonderful artists who support our movement.

Noriaki Imai, chief director of certified NPO D×P, said,

“Ever since the outbreak of Covid-19, those in their teens who can’t depend on their parents and live alone have consulted us saying that they barely have any cash left. We have provided over 4,000 meals and have distributed over $27,500 (JPY 3 million) in cash.

We also began supporting those who have told us that they don’t have enough money to buy essential products and sanitary products and are unable to go to work or school. The number of inquiries we receive is showing no signs of slowing down. In fact, the number of people seeking our help has outpaced the number compared to the same period last year. Receiving donations under such circumstances means we have more supporters who will help us and that’s encouraging.”

Mai Fujimoto, representative director of Gracone, said,

“On the surface, it feels as if the spread of Covid-19 in Japan has settled down, but as chief director Noriaki Imai of certified NPO D×P mentioned, the number of requests from young people in Japan suffering from the effects of Covid-19 has increased since the previous year.

Understanding the situation and continuing to extend a helping hand is crucial. Gracone will continue to flexibly engage in charity projects using NFTs to meet the needs of society, including activities related to sustainable development goals (SDGs) like Covid-19 relief, poverty and environmental conservation.

We will promote the usefulness of NFTs in economic activities and the purpose of blockchain platforms while expanding awareness of NFTs as a scheme that accepts efficient electronic processes for expressing intent and making payments.”

About Gracone representative director Mai Fujimoto

Mai Fujimoto is known domestically and internationally as Miss Bitcoin. She has been promoting the spread of Bitcoin around the world since 2011. The company raises awareness of use cases for cryptocurrencies and blockchain for social good.

It began operating the cryptocurrency donation platform KIZUNA in 2017 and started using social goods integrating blockchain as an infrastructure in 2020. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the company collaborated with the Binance Charity Foundation to raise approximately $78,500 (JPY 8.55 million) in cryptocurrencies, and donated masks and medical gowns to medical and welfare facilities.

In January 2021, it rallied for a partnership with Enjin for NFT charities, which is currently in development.

About ATH Sisters

A unit comprised of representative director Mai Fujimoto of Gracone, known as Miss Bitcoin, and voxel artist Ven, who leads a Japanese team on the blockchain game, “The Sandbox.” “Explore the History of Bitcoin with Satoshi” is the first work created by ATH Sisters. It was decided that all profits from sales through March 2021 would be donated. Donations consisting of 20% of the revenue and 50% of the royalties will continue. The donations will be made to an NPO supporting those in their teens who are having trouble making ends meet due to the spread of Covid-19.

Also, ATH Sisters will be exhibiting in the Crypto Art Fes 2021 (April 10, 2021, 16:00 JST – April 18, 2021, 22:00 JST) virtual exhibition space Conata. Over 90 artists from around the world will be participating in this exhibition. It is one of the world’s largest crypto art festivals, with around 300 works including art (illustrations), music, VR art and avatars on exhibition.

About Ven

Ven is a voxel artist who leads a Japanese team on the blockchain game, “The Sandbox.” Ven conveys the fun world of voxel art using unique worldviews that have stories. Representative works include “Miss Bitcoin,” “Satoshi” and “SebSamurai.”

About VJyou

VJyou specializes in producing interactive and organic images that combine live-action and programming. VJyou has presented works at UNESCO Dance Congress and the 75th Agency for Cultural Affairs National Arts Festival, recently became active as a crypto artist using VR and presents works with a focus on foundation.

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Enjin (ENJ) Allies with Miss Bitcoin to Launch the First NFT Project in Japan

Gracone Inc, an educational platform highlighting the use of blockchain and non-fungible tokens, particularly in charity, is partnering with Enjin to launch the first Japanese NFT charity project via Kizuna, a hub that aims to change the society through sustainable development goals by leveraging on the blockchain, an announcement on Jan 18 reveals.

Tokenizing Art on Enjin

Through the Kizuna platform, the project’s objective will be to raise funds for supporting teenagers affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Kizuna launched in 2017 as a cryptocurrency donating platform. Its CEO is Mai Fujimoto, popularly known as Miss Bitcoin. 

In their first campaign, the Enjin platform will be used to mint non-fungible tokens (NFTs) of art created by Japanese celebrities to raise funds for an Osaka-based non-profit called DxP. The goal is to raise over $20,000 by selling tokenized NFT art created by Japanese celebrities. 

Currently, the non-profit is the home for over 3,000 drop-out students who receive food and financial support following the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. However, this is the first time they are integrating NFTs in their fundraising mission, applying blockchain for a noble cause, Noriaki Imai, the Founder, reveals.

“This is my first time being involved in an NFT program. I strongly believe in the potential of cryptocurrency to change people’s lives, and I feel very honored for DxP to be part of this initiative and benefit from the application of blockchain technology.”

The “Sanpo Yoshi” Concept

The mission blends well with the Japanese “Sanpo Yoshi” concept that calls for sustainable and symbiotic commerce, benefiting the transactors and the community. In Miss Bitcoin’s view, the NFT charity project describes this concept well. 

By purchasing tokenized art, people not only enjoy their pieces but end up directly contributing to those in need, affected by the novel coronavirus.

She said:

“When fans purchase NFTs drawn by artists and celebrities, they can not only enjoy the art but also directly contribute to those in need. I believe this NFT campaign will bring joy to many people, and I’d like to thank the Enjin team and artists who have agreed to join the initiative.”

NFTs are tokens that cannot be copied or used interchangeably, like Bitcoin. Instead, these tokens have unique properties, each with distinguishable characteristics and traceable in the blockchain. It is because of this feature that NFTs are finding application in digital art. Witek Radomski, the CTO of Enjin, is behind the EIP-1155 standard.

Democratizing Art and Benefiting the Society

According to Maxim Blagov of Enjin, tokenization of art presents efficiency and speed at unprecedented levels. Due to the digital nature of pieces, it is possible to securely and transparently distribute valuables via the blockchain, a perfect use highlighting the benefits of distributed ledger technology and its application in improving societal causes.

“Art tokenization is another great example of how blockchain can automate the sale and fulfillment of high-value assets. While traditional art can take years to sell, it can be minted, listed, sold, and distributed within minutes via the blockchain.” 

Unlike traditional models requiring third-party auditors to check and verify the flow of funds, the blockchain is a self-auditing system that rids intermediaries. 

Exclusively digital, donations can be tracked from sources to recipients in real-time, helping slash the need for extra costs. The DxP fundraising might be the first of the many.

Already, Kizuna has revealed plans to explore and identify more opportunities where NFTs can be used as a means of responding to other critical issues like addressing poverty, environmental conservation, global pandemics, and others.

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