2010年06月03日

To New York, Arizona and New Mexico

Keiko Murakami

With cooperation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the A-bomb Exhibition was held in 101 different cities in the U.S. from August, 2007 to the end of 2008.

In summer, 2008, I met Mr. Ken Koshio, a musician living in Arizona, who had visited Hiroshima in support of the A-bomb Exhibition in Arizona. He joined me in my peace activities for a few days. http://www.kenkoshio.com

Later, he sent me an e-mail from Arizona. It read, “Won’t you come to Arizona? With Hopi and Navajo tribes, the first hibakusha in history, we could work together with a slogan, “Building a Peaceful World without Nuclear Weapons?” I held off answering his invitation.

On October 11, 2009, a lecture meeting by Shigeko Sasamori, a hibakusha living in Los Angeles, and Kathleen Sullivan, President of the Hibakusha Stories Project, was held at the Buddhist Hall in Shiba, Tokyo. www.hibakushastories.org

Ms. Sasamori took the occasion to introduce Kathleen to me. Kathleen said, “I’m planning the Hibakusha Stories Project around New York City in 2010 during the period of NPT Review Conference. I’d like you to be part of it.” I gave her my positive answer right away, because I thought I could stop in Arizona on the way back.

I will take part in the Hibakusha Stories Project for ten days from May 16. Then, I will move to Arizona by myself.

The e-mail I received from Mr. Koshio said that the schedule had been finalized. His group performance and my A-bomb story together will be given at two institutions—National Museum of Nuclear Science and History in Albuquerque http://www.nuclearmuseum.org and Arizona Historical Society Museum in Phoenix. http://ww.arizonahistoricalsociety.org

Also suggested activities were to visit reservations of Hopis and Navajos and exchange friendship with them and a visit Los Alamos Museum and White Sand Trinity site in Alamogordo, the first nuclear testing site in history, if I want. I will return home on June 13.

Mr. Koshio is going to bring a Hopi performer, Derrick Suwaima Davis, to Japan in early August and make a prayer tour throughout Japan.
August 6 will be a special day for them. They will attend the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony and pray for the perished souls in the A-bombing and for world peace at 8:15 a.m., the time the bomb was dropped. After that, I am going to give them a guided tour to elementary schools in Hiroshima City.

At 6 p.m., Peace Prayer performance will begin at the open stage on the river bank across from the A-bomb Dome. It will be about time for lanterns floating on the river in Hiroshima.

On the following day, the 45th World Friendship Center anniversary event, Hibakusha, Our Life to Live will take place at the International House (1-1 Nishi-Kojin-machi, Minami-ku). They will join in this event, too, and confirm solidarity as world citizens. http://www.hicat.ne.jp/home/ryugaku While in Hiroshima, Mr. Koshio group will stay at the World Friendship Center and exchange friendship with people from all over the world. http://www.wfchiroshima.net

HSO decided to dispatch me when this plan first came up. Hiroshima COOP supported us with a 100,000-yen grant.

Hibakusha Stories Project also offered 1,000 dollars. I am very thankful for these financial supports since I always have been on my own.

It is unknown how much can be achieved by a single hibakusha, but I will try the best I can to reach people, hoping to bring back fruits to Hiroshima in the year of the 65th anniversary. Now, I keep myself busy preparing for the trip.


P.S. Please enjoy the performance of Derrick Suwaima Davis on YouTube.
World Champion: Derrick Suwaima Davis, Hopi/Choctaw, Old Oraibi, Ariz., 240 points
Four-time Champion Hoop Dancer Derrick Suwaima with Ken Koshio (Japanese Performer)
Hoop Dancers at the Heard Museum

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