A Weekend Of Demonstrations In Tokyo

March 9, 2013 (Saturday): Bonding with Fukushima: Sayonara Nuclear - Event starts at 11:00 in Meiji Koen, Tokyo. Opening Live from 12:00. Speeches from 12:25, then at 15:00 the parade (demonstration walk) starts with two routes, one for NGOs and one for Labour Unions.

If you want to avoid the speeches, try to get there by 15:00 but it may be very crowded.  

3月9日 つながろうふくしま!

March 10, 2013 (Sunday): Two Years after the Nuclear Accident at Fukushima Dai-ichi - Event starts at 13:00 in Hibiya Koen, Tokyo. Parade (demonstration walk) starts from 14:00. Event from 17:00 outside the Parliament Bldg.

March 11, 2013 (Monday): Bonding with Fukushima: Sayonara Nuclear - Event at Shinagawa Culture Foundation (Oimachi Station, Rinkai Line). Lecture and music from 18:30.

More details and maps over at sayonara-nukes.org (J)

Appeal for March 9 in English here.

Much more in English from Kai Sawyer's excellent Living Permaculture blog:

I'll be speaking at the Talk Tent with a few other people working on cool sustainability projects from 12:30.

3/10 Major demonstration against nuclear power (FREE, of course)

This year will mark the 2nd anniversary of 3/11 disasters. Much has happened since and politics-society is changing rapidly. Demonstrations have happened every week in Tokyo and will continue indefinitely. An occupation of the Ministry of Industry Trade and Economy continues (just a little corner with cute little tents with friendly ojisans and women from Fukushima). Anyways, if you have never been to a Japanese demonstration (or any demonstration) come join and have a cultural experience. They are extremely safe (this is Japan) with music (professional bands, drumming groups) and there is also a family friendly march too. It's a bit like a parade.

Hibiya Park Outdoor Music Area (Hibiya Koen Yagai Ongakudou)

13:00 gather 14:00 start the march

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3/10-3/11 Peace on Earth Hibiya Park music festival (FREE)
There will be a free festival also at the same park! Famous bands like world-renowed Sakamoto Ryuichi and Asian Kung Fu Generation (ajikan) will be there. Musicians will be performing on a solar powered stage. There is also a plan to bring children from affected areas of Fukushima and hear their stories. I'll be talking at a smaller stage too:) with other community organizers and organic farm/localization change-makers. This might be one of the biggest free festivals in Tokyo. It will also be ustreamed.

Hibiya Park (you can't miss it), rain or shine (although if it rains they'll have to use a non-solar energy source)
12:00 - 19:00

3/15 Wake Up! A day of mindfulness
This is a monthly meditation group I host in Harajuku. Its a day to relax, slow down, learn/practice meditation, and meet other young people who want to create a healthy and compassionate society. I highly recommend it as its a good way to meet other people from Tokyo area, and meditation might help you stay calm and grounded through the year. Life can be stressful sometimes, but peace is always in you.

Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Place: Cafe Vayu (Omotesando/Harajuku, Tokyo)
Max: 15 people
Cost: 1500 yen (delicious lunch included from the cafe)

To register, contact: sekiguchi.shiori(at)gmail.com 

There are lots of local events too around the country. May I just mention that here in my furusato, there will be a great event over at Chuo Koen on Sunday. If you feel like getting out of Tokyo, get on the Seibu Ikebukuru line, head to Hanno, and enjoy some fresh air, Tenransan mountain and rivers. Also on Saturday, UN Women's Day, Yasuda Setsuko (J) will visit to talk about food safety and radiation, over at the Hanno Civic Hall, together with Philippine women living in Saitama. We are blessed with many talented people here in my parts of the wood.


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