Saturday, September 20, 2014

9.20.14 "All-Okinawa" Henoko Rally with Nago Mayor Susumi Inamine, Senator Keiko Itokazu, Gubernatorial Candidate Naha Mayor Takeshi Onaga, & 5,500 Okinawans Representing Seven Generations...

Nago Mayor Inamine, wearing his dugong, sea turtle and coral reef fish cloak,
 addresses 5,500 participants at the rally at Henoko on 9/20/14. 
(Photo: New Wave to HOPE)

Upper House Member of the National Japanese Diet, Ms. Keiko Itokazu 
addresses 9.20.14 rally at Henoko. (Photo: MP Keiko Itokazu)

Okinawan elected political leaders raise "fists of anger" 
to demonstrate unity and determination at the 9.20.14 rally at Henoko. 
(Photo: MP Keiko Itokazu)

Some of the 5,500 rally participants.  
(Photo: New Wave to HOPE)

Okinawans protecting their sea. 
(Photo: Pietro Scòzzari)

Henoko preservationism is a multi-generational family activity. 
The grandchildren of these children will represent the Seventh Generation 
of Okinawa's democracy and peace movement which began at the end of WWII. 
The Seventh Generation is a Native American ecological concept that urges the current generation to live sustainably, for the benefit of the seventh generation into the future.
(Photo: Pietro Scòzzari)

Henoko elders greeted by gubernatorial candidate, Naha Mayor Takeshi Onaga. 
The elders, youth during WWII, represent the second generation 
of the Okinawan Movement. 
(Photo: Pietro Scòzzari)

Not forgotten: Takae Village in Yanbaru, Okinawa's subtropical rainforest. 
(Photo: Pietro Scòzzari)

Wonderful photo of Ms. Etsuko Jahana, director of the House of Nuchi du Takara 
(Life is Precious) at Iejima. The small island, just west of Okinawa Island, 
is the birthplace of Okinawa's democracy & peace movement.  
Jon Mitchell's description of House of Nuchi du Takara:
 "Upon entering, visitors are confronted with a small set of bloodstained clothes 
and the description that they belonged to an Okinawan child 
stabbed by Japanese troops to keep it quiet when U.S. soldiers were in the vicinity. 
Other displays record the postwar “bayonets and bulldozers” period when, in the 1950s, 
the Pentagon violently seized farmers’ land to turn the island into a bombing range.
 Exhibits include photographs of islanders’ homes razed by U.S. troops 
and several dummy nuclear bombs dropped on the island during Cold War training drills."
(Photo by Kizou Takagaki, via Save the Dugong Campaign Center)

The Okinawan Movement draws inspiration from the African American Civil Rights Movement, including its anthem, "We Shall Overcome." 

Henoko's signature Rainbow Peace Flag. 
The rainbow flag has been adopted internationally as a symbol of the peace movement
 and was first used in a peace march in Italy in 1961.
(Photo: Pietro Scòzzari)

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