by Yushin Toda
We are going to mark the 7th anniversary of the East Japan Earthquake on Sunday 11th March at Wellington Church. This will be an open event. Fumi and I will provide mild Japanese curry in the Woodlands Hall after the morning service, and the memorial event may start at 1pm. The event will include singing of a hymn, Tsunami, written by David Sinclair, and screening of our sixth documentary on Fukushima. It will be ended by prayer.
We have asked David Blackhurst to lead the event and have asked Gavin Blackhurst to accompany the hymn with piano. We will raise donation to be sent to Kunohe Village Office, Iwate Prefecture, Japan, with which Japanese Matsuri for Glasgow has developed exchanges over the years. Kunohe Village office will then hand over the donation to her neighbouring two village offices, Noda and Fudai, both along the Pacific coast having suffered from the tsunami. We should add that we have marked the anniversary at Wellington Church since the earthquake (except in 2012 when it was observed at St Mungo Museum), as a joint event among Wellington Church, Japanese Matsuri for Glasgow (a Scottish charity: SC034172) and Japan Desk Scotland, a partnership between two of us.
In addition, Japanese Matsuri for Glasgow is going to organise the 17th Hina Matsuri on Saturday 3rd March 1-3.30 at the Kibble Palace, Botanic Gardens – free and open to all. Prior to this Japanese festival, we will run Taiko Japanese drumming workshops at Wellington Church for P5 pupils at Hillhead Primary School, who will be encouraged to perform at the festival. Fumi and Yushin Toda