Japan Matters - Sunday 10 March
The second anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake will be observed in Glasgow on Sunday 10 March at a special Japan Matters event at St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art, where ‘Our friends in Fukushima’, a video of the interviews Japan Desk Scotland has conducted with people from Fukushima University, will be screened. In addition, a feature video created by the students at Fukushima University, “My Ex in Fukushima, a new friend in Tokyo, and I” will be shown. Through screening these new videos, JDS hopes to provide an occasion for people in Glasgow and beyond to reflect on the disaster through the viewpoints of people living in Fukushima. This year’s Japan Matters is supported by the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation.
Various Japan-themed workshops are run by JDS throughout the year, and on Monday 4 March pupils at St Bridget Primary will hear the testimony of a survivor of the Hiroshima atomic bomb via video link, thanks to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. The pupils have learned about Sadako and have made origami cranes to be sent to Hiroshima. The pupils at Hillhead Primary have also learned about Hiroshima and Nagasaki and have made paper cranes. This year’s Japanese workshops at schools, including a weekly Japanese class at Cumbernauld High School, are supported by the Toshiba International Foundation.