Dear friends and members of the Unitarian Fellowship of Tokyo,
We had a good turn out at our annual pot luck at the Kanada home on July 8th.
Chuck Roberts, now our oldest fellowship member, joined us-- arriving on his bicycle in the heat!
We also enjoyed the intellectually challenging remarks of gracious Father Leo Lefebure, professor at Georgetown Univ and guest of Miriam Levering.
Later in the evening two Korean photographers (now living in Japan) came by at Murata Nobuhiko's invitation. It was an unexpected and interesting opportunity to meet Ahn Sehong who was just finishing up his controversial show at Nikon Gallery (it went to court and was in the news) about his photos of "Sex Slave/Comfort Women" --that is women of Korean heritage who are now in their eighties and living in China. We looked at his album of photos of women who have managed to survive but who have never received an apology or compensation and whose lives were blighted by their experiences at the hands of the Japanese.
September 9 3:00 at International House.
>>An Exciting "Double " Program<<
Prof Fujimoto Akimi: Revitalization, Sustainability and Education.
He will talk about his recent initiative to start and run a local company to re-develop idle land in Niigata for sustainable organic food cultivation with community/student participation.
It is an interesting story and may be an inspiring model for other communities or NPO's that many of us work with or support. Also issues/data about FOOD SAFETY seem even more relevant since 3/11.
Fujimoto is a professor at Tokyo Univ of Agriculture (Nodai). Please check the web about his organization called "Jonodai" http://www.jnodai.co.jp/english/index.html
Helen Fujimoto, who also introduced Akimi to our fellowship , during our opening half hour will give us a brief introduction to Presence Based Communication or "the Art of Being in Context". She is a certified practitioner and will lead us in this opportunity to experience a kind of meditation (focusing and empowerment) through an exercise of "speaking circles".
We look forward to seeing our old friend and member Bonnie McClure who expects to be in Tokyo on a short visit before starting a graduate school program.
Peggy Kanada, moderator