On Monday, December 7, 2020, just before 8:00 in the morning, it will be my honor and joy to publish an episode of Storytime Yoga Kamishibai for Peace on the Storytime Yoga YouTube, telling the Inuit folktale Raven Brings the Light about the winter solstice. It's my offering for World Kamishibai Day. A day when people all over the world tell kamishibai stories for peace.
On the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, the Christian faith in America is examined through the lens of the Catholic Church that was bombed 500 ft. from the hypocenter.
I grew up under the shadow of World War II because my father was a child survivor of a Japanese concentration camp and my mother was pro-atomic bomb. Living in Japan helped me realize what really happened and make up my own mind about the atomic bombings.
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
The U.S. has been quietly remilitarizing Japan in a violation of the constitution it put in place after World War II, betraying veterans of all countries and peace as it sends a destroyer to the Middle East , and U.S. and Japanese defense manufacturers profit from it.
Recent stories of refugee athletes by NHK International Affairs Producer Mariko Iino.
The NHK World Radio Piece that I was interviewed for Peace Through Kamishibai work and about my family's history with World War II at the hands of the Japanese has aired and is available for your peace-making listening pleasure! Please share and have a listen! Links are listed below! Never again Hiroshima! Never Again Nagasaki! … Continue reading Peace Through Kamishibai On NHK World Radio in 17 Languages
A few weeks ago I was in Tokyo again for the First World Kamishibai Day for peace. I told the story Nidoto by Eiko Matsui about the atomic bombings and the need for peace. In English it's titled Never Again. The day before Eiko Matsui and her sister, Asako and I had visited with the … Continue reading Healing the Ancestors With Story and Kamishibai To Prevent Another War and Japan’s Re-Militarization
By chance last year I read in the Japan Times about the World War II reconciliation work of Taeko Sasamoto and Yoshiko Tamura, founders of the POW Research Network Japan, I contacted them, and they graciously asked if I'd like to see the sites where my grandfather died as a prisoner of war. Amor fati! These … Continue reading Mythic Yoga Journey to POW Sites in Tokyo