IBUKIJUKU NEWS No.14 February 2017 Ibukijuku http://ibukijuku.org
Aroma Hand Treatment – Aromacraft ＠ Convent
We have a friend in Toyama who remembers us on the eleventh day every month, and sends us some nice goods without fail. This friend, named Ms. S, came all the way to visit us in Tokyo the other day, and trained us to give aroma hand treatment with the aroma she brought with her.
Those who participated in this project included some Sisters, one 102 years of age at the top of the list, our college students and the volunteer center members. It was really a very relaxing time. The participants prepared a parcel for the Earthquake victims’ village in Fukushima. The 102 year old Sister is extremely alert, and has beautiful hand writing. Her heartfelt letter enclosed in the parcel was full of her love and happiness to be thus connected with the recipients.
Shinagawa Ward organizes every year on February 11 an event named “Wow, Shinagawa! Comfortable Life and Contribution to Society”. The students of Seisen Women’s College were made to feel free and comfortable to join in it.
In our last issue we gave you the report of the Silk Thread Pumpkin which was our invention. This time we invented three new kinds of cookies: Dreaming Pumpkins, Totto Hall and Dreaming Shinagawa Cookies.
At the end of the event, there was a voting for the most popular activity, and the winner of the “Wow! Shinagawa!” prize was announced. Can you guess the result? “Seisen Women’s College Volunteer Learning Center!” It is needless to say that the students were both pleased and surprised.
During the past year we planned together how to utilize the vegetables of Shinagawa grown by the handicapped people there, and we succeeded in selling them in wider areas. This effort of ours must have been recognized by the people of Shinagawa. At the same time, we are aware how much our students owe the Shinagawa people for their warm understanding.
Next to our booth, there were lots of beautiful marine products being sold. They must have come from the sea in the north, e.g. Fukushima and/or Sendai area, as the officials of Shinagawa have been involved in volunteer work.
The Ninth Fukushima Forum
On February 18, “Fukushima Citizens’ Forum” was held under the auspices of the
Medical Society of Fukushima, Fukushima Myojo Welfare School and the authority of
Fukushima City, at Fukushima Terusa Hall.
The keynote address was given by Dr. Hiroshi Kainuma, author of The Beginners’
Course of Fukushima Studies, The First Fukushima Atomic Power Plants Scrapped,
and other books. As I had already read both of these books of his, I was all the
more fascinated in his talk. He convinced us of the importance of the discovery of the real problem and the forming of a cycle of people who work together. Dr. Kainuma made us see that it is not enough to stand close to the powerless people but to deal with the solution objectively.
According to Dr. Kainuma’s analysis, the problem of Fukushima becomes complicated because of its two storied structure.
From the distance, you see Fukushima Prefecture as a two storied house, but as you approach the house, you see the first floor, which is the site of the abolished reactor. If the first floor collapses, the second floor naturally falls, while if the first floor is solid, the second floor will be automatically safe. People mix the question of two different floors, and the image of “that horrible time” is stabilized. Thus what objective figures tell us is subjectively carried on by spoken words. Dr. Kainuma stressed that the distinction should clearly be made.
In the symposium which followed, medical doctors told us how they are coping with the actual situation, and the health of the victims. Pediatricians stressed the importance of informing young parents about the medical knowledge of radiation, while they are busily involved in the treatment of the sick children. They also warned us to make a clear distinction between science and politics.
They work for the present children as well as for the future ones.
New Book: Crawling Up from the Atomic Power Plant
Here is a new book by Shin and Tazuko Okawara. This is a moving book of a puppet show which introduces organic farming, dramatizing what really happens in an atomic power accident. In the book the authors say, “Yes, I run after the sun. I pray for the rain. I wait for the wind. Living without harming the earth will be our final healing of this wounded planet.”
You will certainly be pleased with the book, which is¥1400 plus tax. You may order it through Sister Nogami, 090-1832-7185.
The concern of Pope Francis in his Laudato Si’ is now our own problem. The problem of environment is the beginning of a more serious crisis. The more we read the Pope’s words, the more we realize that we have to pray more and to be more serious about the way we live every day. The book Crawling Up from the Atomic Power Plant introduced above will also be a living example of the Pope’s urge. Now, one more recommendation. If you have not read Paul McCartin’s Genesis for Today, (Gendaiban Soseiki) 2016, be sure to add it to your reading list. He is a Columban missionary living in Tokyo, who wrote a very readable history of creation in Japanese, in the light of Laudato Si’, for Japanese youth.
Sr. Yukie Nogami