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Thursday, October 30, 2008

2008 Event List

Here are 2008 events related to topics of interest - peace, sustainability, and education. These are events that I either organize, co-organize, participate, or am involved with in some capacity, either as an individual or representing Peace Philosophy Centre. Details of these events are subject to change. The newest event is at the top of the list. Please email for more information.

Saturday, December 6th
Peace Philosophy Centre Event
- Bonenkai: A Year-End Gathering -
A Celebration to Mark the 2nd Anniversary of Peace Philosophy Centre
Time: 4:30 PM -
Place: Peace Philosophy Centre (Vancouver, BC, Canada)
We will invite series of mini-presentations (5-10 minutes each) of local and global peace initiatives. Presentations, demonstrations, music and art performances are most welcome. Please bring a dish to share. Children are welcome.
Email for more information.

Saturday, November 8th
Sunday, November 9th
Tuesday, November 11th
World Peace Forum Teach-In
* Vancouver Save Article 9 is hosting a workshop on November 9th. Satoko will be one of the panelists.

Saturday, November 8th
Peace Philosophy Centre Event
Reporting the 6th International Conference of Museums for Peace
By Satoko Norimatsu
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Place: White Rock (contact details)

Saturday, November 1st
Satoko will present her experience of working with progressive Japanese people and organizations in supporting victims of Japanese atrocities in Asia, with a group of teachers and BC ALPHA volunteers.

October 6 - 11
6th International Conference of Museums for Peace
Kyoto and Hiroshima
Organized by:
Kyoto Museum for World Peace, Ritsumeikan University
Kyoto University of Art and Design
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
* Satoko will be presenting a paper at a special interest session "Citizens Creating Spaces for Peace," and also speaking at the presentation of Hiroshima/Nagasaki Peace Tour by Ritsumeikan University and American University.

Saturday September 20th at Vancouver Public Library
and Sunday September 21st at SFU Harbour Centre
WILPF (Women's International League for Peace and Freedom) Conference
* Satoko is presenting on Article 9 of Japanese Constitution in the afternoon session of September 21st.

Saturday, September 13th
Peace Philosophy Centre Event
Reporting Hiroshima/Nagasaki Tour
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Place: Peace Philosophy Centre
Email for details

Wednesday, August 6th
Hiroshima Day - Lantern Festival
* Peace Philosophy Centre is a supporting organization.

Saturday, August 2nd and Sunday, August 3rd
A-Bomb Exhibit
Organized by: Vancouver Save Article 9

July 31 - August 10
Ritsumeikan University and American University
Hiroshima/Nagasaki Peace Exchange Tour
Email for the special invitation for UBC students to join this tour.

Tuesday June 17 , July 5
Peace Philosophy Centre Event
Documentary Film "Rokkashomura Rhapsody" (English Version)
Times :
Tuesday June 17th - 10:00AM, 2:00PM, 8:00PM
Saturday July 5th - 2:00 PM
Place: Peace Philosophy Centre
Organized by: Peace Philosophy Centre

Saturday, June 14th
Peace Philosophy Centre Event in White Rock
Documentary Film "Rokkashomura Rhapsody" (English Version)
Time: 1:30 PM -
Place: White Rock
Details: email

Wednesday, May 28th
Vancouver Save Article 9
Post-Conference Reporting by Delegates to the Global Article 9 Conference
Time: 7 - 9 PM
Place: Vancouver Unitarian Church
Organized by: Vancouver Save Article 9

May 4 - 6
Global Article 9 Conference to Abolish War
Makuhari, Japan
* Peace Philosophy Centre is a supporting organization for the Global Article 9 Conference to Abolish War.

Sunday, May 4
A Vancouver Save Article 9 Event
A Simultaneous Event with the Global Article 9 Conference
Also Children's Day Special
In Vancouver, Canada!
Time: 5 - 8 PM
Place: TBA

Saturday, April 12
Peace Philosophy Centre Event in White Rock
How Japanese Constitution was Born
Time: 1:30 PM -
Place: White Rock. For details, contact
Language: Japanese

Friday, March 21
The Face of Jizo
By Futarikko
Time: 3:00 PM and 8:00 PM
Place: Metro Studio (1411 Quadra Sreet at Johnson, Victoria)
* "A-Boms and Humaniry" panels will be displayed at the theatre, with cooperation by Vancouver Save Article 9.

Saturday, March 8
Peace Philosophy Centre Event
Misako Iwashita's Peace Education Class
"Be a Participant in History, Not a Bystander"
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 PM
Place: Multimedia Room, Roundhouse Community Centre (in Yaletown, on Davie and Pacific)
Free Admission. Donation to cover the cost of rental and photocopying will be accepted.

Friday, February 29
World Without Wars: an Dinner Event
Organized by Vancouver Save Article 9
Peace Philosophy Centre is a partner organization

Sunday, February 24th
Peace Philosophy Centre Event
Yumi Kikuchi and Morita Gen present
Harmonics Life

Time 1:30 - 3:30 PM
Place: Vancouver Japanese Language School
Co-sponsors: Tama Organic Life, Organic Life Circle
Language: Japanese

Saturday, February 23rd
Yumi Kikuchi - Creating Peace: What One Person Can Do To Make A Difference
Time: 2 - 4 PM
Place: Unitarian Church in Vancouver
Language: English

Friday, February 22nd
Welcome Party for Japanese Peace and Environment Activists Yumi Kikuchi and Morita Gen
Time: 6 PM
Place: Samosa Garden Restaurant, 3502 Kingsway, Vancouver
Cost: $20 for adults, $10 for children age 4 - 10, free for children 3 and under
RSVP to by Feb 19th

Saturday, February 9
Peace Philosophy Centre Event in White Rock
Satoko reports her visit to Nanjing
Time: 1:30 -
Language: Japanese
Details: Contact

Monday, October 20, 2008

The Peace Museum Conference

The 6th International Conference of Museums for Peace was held at Kyoto and Hiroshima from October 6th to 11th, 2008, with the involvement of more than 3,000 people. Here is a group photo with most of the international delegates.

The regions represented in this photo included Viet Nam, Italy, China, the United States, Spain, Guatemala, Pakistan, India, Korea, Cambodia, Canada, Rwanda, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland, U.K., and Japan.

A detailed report is on the way. Today I just wanted to share with you this photo of the peaceful and friendly international community.

Lots of love,


Wednesday, October 01, 2008

The 6th International Conference of Museums for Peace Starting This Weekend in Japan

Hi colleagues and friends in Vancouver and around the world,

From October 6th to 11th, I will be attending the 6th International Conference of Museums for Peace held in Kyoto and Hiroshima, hosted by three organizations - Kyoto Museums for World Peace, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto University of Art and Design, and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. The Conference website is:

Here are the conference schedule and special interest group sessions,for your information. I will be presenting in two sessions, Session1-2-C 'Citizens Creating "Spaces for Peace,"' in which I will be sharing a panel with Yumi Kikuchi, and Session 1-3-C Peace Sites and Peace Tours,in which a Ritsumeikan Univ. group and I will be presenting on joint US/Japan/Canada trip to Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Peace Boat's Shinsaku Nohira will be presenting in the same session.

I would also like to draw your attention to a presentation by Misako Iwashita, who gave a moving presentation on her peace education curriculum in March this year in Vancouver, in the Session 1-2-A, and also one by Yeonghwan Kim of Centre for Peace Museum in Korea, who gave several talks in Vancouver in April 2007. There will also be a session2-1-B with a focus on the Japanese war-time aggression in Asia, such as one by Norio Serizawa of Chukiren Peace Museum and another by YasunoriTakazane of Oka Masaharu Memorial Peace Museum in Nagasaki. Chukiren is an association that promotes awareness and education on the peace work by the former Japanese soldiers who committed war crimes in China. You must be familiar with their work if you have attended the Miracle of Fushun workshop by Tatsuo Kage and his colleagues at the 2006 World Peace Forum and the VSA9 event with the same title in November 2006. The sex slavery issue will be covered in the Session 2-3-B by Women's Active Museum in Japan and the House of Sharing in Korea.

In Hiroshima, we will visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and willbe welcomed by Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba, the director of Hiroshima Peace and Culture Foundation Steve Leeper, and will hear a testimony of a hibakusha Akihiro Takahashi.

These are just a glimpse of the wide range of speakers and activities of this Conference and I did not even get to mention any of the keynote speeches or the participation of like-minded colleagues from peace museums all over the world. I will organize a report-back event back in Vancouver some time in November or December. If you have any questions or any information you would like to share, please email/phone me.

Lots of love, and peace for all,