Bombing Ourselves: Nagasaki on the 75th Anniversary of the Atomic Bombing

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.

Love Thy Enemy: Meeting Atomic Bomb Survivors in Nagasaki and Hiroshima

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

Healing the Ancestors With Story and Kamishibai To Prevent Another War and Japan’s Re-Militarization

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

Camp Omori and The Peaceful People of Japan want Article 9 to Stay

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