On 11th March 2011, a disaster unlike any seen in modern times swept across Japan, claiming almost 20,000 lives and creating over 300,000 refugees in the Tohoku region. Among these were 236 children who lost everything – their homes and their family all in one day.
2017 marks the sixth anniversary of the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami – it’s a time to reflect, and a time to commemorate the lives lost. We hope that you will join us for a day of remembrance and culture in aid of the orphans of the disaster.
This event, which has been organised in conjunction with Battodo Fudokan, will feature many events throughout the day and will culminate with a 2-minute silence in memory of the victims of the tsunami.
6th Anniversary Schedule
1:00-3:00pm: BATTODO JAPANESE SWORD: trial lesson
This two hour seminar will begin with an introduction to this martial arts system, the goals and method of Battodo as a way of cultivation and then a practical class on the preparatory exercises and basic techniques. Prior booking required!
3:30-4:00pm: FACE PAINTING & READING
Activity for children: Face painting and picture book reading with Mona.
Cost per family: £10
THE MANY FACES OF JAPANESE CULTURE
Including refreshments of Japanese tea, Onigiri (rice balls) kindly donated by the Japan Centre and Dorayaki (Japanese sweets) kindly donated Kitaya | Wagashi Japanese Bakery.
4:00pm: DEMONSTRATION OF BATTODO
(Japanese Swordsmanship) by Fudokan Dojo.
The ancient tradition of Yamabushi , mountain ascetics, will be explored through the poems of Enku one of the greatest yamabushi. These will be read by John Evans who will also read some poems from Trog an account of his experiences training in these disciplines in the mountains of Japan in the 1980s.
Copies of Trog and In Heaven’s River poems and carvings by Enku translated by Julian Daizan Skinner and Sumiko Hayashi will be available for sale. All profits from these sales will go to Aid For Japan.
4:40pm: The Role of Women in Japanese Culture and Society
Speaker Akemi Solloway Tanaka is the daughter of an old samurai family and grew up immersed in the traditional arts and culture of Japan. She will examine the important and changing role of women in Japan from their participation in traditional arts like Kimono and the Tea ceremony to their struggle to attain equality in the corridors of power.
The closing events will include a short report from the trustees on Aid for Japan 2016-17 including a short presentation. Plus a 2-minute silence in memory of the victims of the tsunami.
Please note that timings may be subject to change.