Sudden News of a Friend’s Death is Never Easy Martin and I out front of the Harn Museum of Art in Gainesville, Florida in June 2021. My heart was shattered late January when I received a message from my friend Martin McKellar that he was saying goodbye— in December he had been diagnosed with stage … Continue reading Japanese Zen Gardens for Peace – in Memory of Martin McKellar
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.
The Sri Yantra is visible within the atom engraving on the Bell of Peace at the Hiroshima Memorial, Japan.
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
Photograph of Kurogane holly trees that survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima during World War II, with commentary by Alan Watts about our relationship to nature.
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.
Photo haiku and reflections about Pearl Harbor day written by an American living in Japan.