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 Japanese defense manufacturers profit from it.
Photo haiku and reflections about Pearl Harbor day written by an American living in Japan.
Recent stories of refugee athletes by NHK International Affairs Producer Mariko Iino.
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
The First World Kamishibai Day for world peace is December 7. Raise your voice for world peace! It is urgently needed! Share stories for peace. Peace, for the children!
Yesterday I posted a visual poem I wrote after visiting the Osaka International Peace Center. Today as I await Typhoon Tremi's arrival tonight, I have been going through the various film clips I took when the POW Research Network Japan took me on a tour of the sites where my Opa, Albert Straub, was interned … Continue reading Camp Omori and The Peaceful People of Japan want Article 9 to Stay
I am back home in Osaka, Japan after a two week delay from typhoon Jebi earlier this month. I'm back just in time for the next typhoon Trami coming our way, expected to his here Sunday night! We are stocked up with food and water, and my camera is ready! Let's hope for the best … Continue reading Kyobashi – A Visual Poem to Keep Article 9 in Japan’s Constitution
“The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them.” - George Orwell United States President Donald Trump is trying to start World War III. With the ultimate newspeak of “preventative war” and dangerously provoking North Korea he wants to attack it … Continue reading Japanese and U.S. Citizens Lose When Their Governments Revise War History