I was struck by the contrast of groups in this photo I took from the platform of Tofukuji Station in Kyoto. The Chinese tourists on the left dressed fashionably bright and looking at their cell phones; the Japanese school girls in somber uniforms on the right talking to each other. Two worlds!
An American poet visits the Mukaishima POW Memorial in Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture Japan and meets with Japanese citizens committed to education and peace.
With 88-year-old Hibakusha Mr. Inousuke Hayasaki in the Nagasaki Peace Park. I imagine my mother turning over in her grave at the thought of me socializing with Hibakushas, atomic bomb survivors, while living in Japan. They were after all, the mortal enemy in her mind, they killed my Dutch grandfather and imprisoned my father during … Continue reading Love Thy Enemy: Meeting Atomic Bomb Survivors in Nagasaki and Hiroshima