Thursday, October 15, 2009

World March for Peace with Musician Harada Shinji • Okinawan Peace Activists • Hirokawa Ryuichi Photography Exhibition @ Tokyo, Oct. 19

World March in Tokyo:
Creating a Positive Future…Together.

Date: Monday, October 19th
Time: 6:30-9PM
Venue: Yoyogi Hachiman Kumin-Kaikan (near Yoyogi Hachiman station)
Address: Yoyogi 5-1-15, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Tel: 03-3466-3239
A map (Japanese) may be found here.
Admission: Free
Event Support: Peace Not War Japan

Teams of marchers are making their way across the globe as part of the World March for Peace and Nonviolence, which kicked off October 2nd (Gandhi’s birthday), holding events to encourage a “new, non-violent global consciousness.”

A team of marchers (11 members of varying ages and nationalities), will be in Tokyo early next week to share stories of peace actions from their home countries and in the places they have visited during the march, including Hiroshima and Kyoto. They will pay a courtesy vist to Disarmament Division in the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs during the afternoon.

The Tokyo event will also feature musical performances by singer/peace activist Harada Shinji and the “World March Support Band," and some of the marchers themselves. In addition, peace activists Yamada Sei (Aman no kai) and Hoshikawa Mari (“Be-In” peace events), will share advice and ideas on how we can take actions in our daily lives to help create a more peaceful world.

Information booths will feature various peace groups including the Yanbaru Takae Association to Protect the Broccoli Forest (a local movement in Okinawa's Yanbaru region to stop U.S. military construction), and a photo exhibition from Hirokawa Ryuichi, chief editor of the award-winning Days Japan photojournalism magazine, showing his work from Chernobyl, Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan.

The event will be held in Japanese, Spanish and English. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet and interact with people who are involved in creative peace work all around the world, while also enjoying some fabulous music and other peace-related inspiration!

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