Cherry Blossoms-Sakura

Cherry blossom in Japanese is Sakura and it’s the country’s national flower. It heralds the arrival of Spring and has come to symbolize ‘renewal’ and ‘hope’. It is with great anticipation that forecasters keep the public informed, from late March to mid-April, as to the best times to view these blossoms. The cherry blossom season…

Smiling Umbrellas

Koji Mizutani had a simple message when he displayed 100 ‘smiling umbrellas’ in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 2010. “I want to send a ray of hope to ease the friction of war and conflict where bombs were dropped,” he said. After traveling to the United States and seeing girls whose smiles were wonderfully hearty and…

Hope still for today?

I am a grandmother–there were other parents and grandmothers and grandfathers involved in the horrible killing on this December day who now only have memories for this Christmas instead of special small ones to hold close and dear.  Mine aren’t close but at least I know others who will be able to hold them close.…

JOY OF HELPING QUAKE VICTIMS

(Written by Sachiko Saito, a third-year student at a Girls’ Middle School) “Wake up Sachiko!” my mother called to me. “Mr. Takahashi and his family are evacuating here to Nagoya and I need your help in preparing for them.” They were fleeing from the 3/11/11 triple disaster. Early on the morning of March 18, my…