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23 Apr 2010

NO BASE! Okinawa Candle Action Event in Meiji-koen Sun. 4/25

Come out to Tokyo's Meiji-koen this Sunday evening, April 25th, to show solidarity with the mass rally scheduled the same day in Okinawa demanding that no more bases be forcibly constructed in the prefecture against the will of the people.

☆ Event:
Simultaneous actions for a base-free Okinawa
Candle event spelling out "NO BASE! OKINAWA"

☆ Date: April 25, 2010 (Sunday)

☆ Time: 6 PM onward

☆ Place: Meiji Park, Sendagaya Icchome / Shinjuku

☆ Access: 5 mins walk from Sendagaya station, JR Sobu Line
2 mins walk from Kokuritsu Kyogijo station, Oedo Subway Line
15 mins walk from Gaienmae station, Ginza subway line

☆ Content: songs, speeches, candle action
※ Donations of 500 yen for candles requested!

☆ Organised by Simultaneous actions for a base-free Okinawa Tokyo
☆ Co-sponsored by the Kanto Block of landowners against military

☆ Contact:

★ Background Information ★

On April 25, a people's gathering will be held in Okinawa to call
for the closure of the US Marine Corps Air Station Futenma and the
return of the land, as well as to oppose construction of another base
elsewhere in Okinawa.

The US-Japan Security Pact signed by the mainland Japanese
government resulted in Japan's consent allowing the U.S. to force its
unwanted military bases on the people of Okinawa. The U.S. bases
have damaged Okinawa's rich environment, and created daily issues
such as noise pollution, accidents and crime in addition to the dangers
of war.

The problems of the bases in Okinawa are not Okinawa's problem.
They are, instead, a problem of those of us from the mainland who are
forcing this burden onto the people of Okinawa. We must seriously
consider this issue now--more than ever.

If no site in mainland Japan is willing or planning to accept the bases
in its own territory, then this burden must not be forced onto Okinawa.
We cannot push the problem around within Okinawa and pretend that
we are not aware that this is happening.

The people of Okinawa are united in their opposition to the forced
placement of the Futenma base in Okinawa.The U.S. Marine Corps
must withdraw, and the Futenma Air Station must be closed.

On April 25, on the same day as the Okinawa prefectural event, actions
will be held simultaneously in various cities throughout Japan, as well as
Hawaii, Washington DC and elsewhere, to join our voices together with
Okinawa in solidarity to oppose new base construction.

This action is being called for by a coalition of well-known Japanese
individuals, including university professors, authors, artists, lawyers,
educators, commentators, musicians and representatives of NGOs
including Peace Boat, WWF Japan and Greenpeace Japan.

Citizens around the world are also called upon to hold events on the
same day, and send messages and photos in support and solidarity.

We thank you for your cooperation!


10 Apr 2010

Spring Love Support Message from Peace Not War Japan Founder Dom Pates

The strive for peace is both a personal effort and a
global endeavour. Individually, we gain peace when
we relax, help someone else out, or intervene to a
void an unnecessary argument. Globally, we work
towards peace when we agree cuts in our nuclear
arsenals, don’t go to war despite economic crises,
or rush to help those affected by nature’s wrath.

For those of us living under military occupation, in
conflict with our neighbours, or under oppressive
regimes, it can be hard to imagine that peace will
one day come. For those of us not living under these
conditions, it can be hard to imagine what life must
be like for those that are. For the people in the slums
of Gaza, the hills of Afghanistan, the villages of
Sudan, even around the bases in Okinawa, it is vital
that there are others around the world who are not
only aware of their plights but are actively working
to build the path towards a just peace for all.

PNWJ is now six years old. When it began, US presidents
did not win Nobel Prizes, but were instead seen by many
as major barriers to peace. We live now in different times,
but the need remains the same – for people, groups and
institutions to keep on articulating that vision of a better
world and continue to push for it.

I am immensely proud that since I left Japan, PNWJ was
taken on by such capable hands that have nurtured it
and carried on the work of building that path towards
peace. My heartfelt gratitude goes out to the team for
their hard work and for making it their own. Respect
also goes out to the organisers of 'Harukaze', the artists,
speakers, volunteers and peace workers that have all
played their part in this event.

Coming together for a gathering such as this, to listen
to others, to think about the meaning of peace or to learn
about something previously unknown, is one personal step
on that path. Joining together under the cherry blossoms
gives your support for that vision of a better world.

Thank you all for coming along and sharing your peace
this weekend. It may be a long road, but it’s the only
journey worth taking.

Dom Pates

Spring Love Solidarity Message from Korea

Dear peace loving citizens in Japan, who join the“Spring Love Harukaze”:

Thanks to one of American friends, who is living in Japan and works for this fabulous event, I became to know the beautiful event, “Spring Love Harukaze.”

As one of the Koreans who love the peace in the world and oppose against any military build-up and its expansion, I want to express my congratulation to all the event organizers and participants from the bottom of my heart.

Thanks to many dedicated friends in Japan, I am hearing wonderful protest news in Japan, which is truly inspiring and hopeful for the young people in Okinawa, Japan, Korea and the world. What a beautiful and energetic rising-up! You are showing to the world, how we can connect one another despite different languages and places, for the will of peace and joy.

As South Korea has become one of the outposts of the United States military strategy, Koreans’ best rice paddies of Pyeongteak, have been robbed for the building the United States military’s North East Asia hub. Have you heard the blood-tear struggles of the Pyeongteak farmers who cannot bury their memories of their own beautiful hometown?

Have you heard of the Ohyun-ri farmers who have made their tomb memorials made of their own handwritings on the wood panels to express their will to keep their hometown by fighting to the end against the expansion of the Mugeon-ri military training fields near the DMZ, that is used for US-SK joint war exercise, for which the US soldiers in Okinawa, Hawaii, Guam and even the mainland US come?

Have you heard of the stories of Gangjeong villagers in Jeju Island, who have death-struggled for near three years against the South Korean government plan to set up the naval base to keep their 400 year-old history natural home-town, their cleanest and most abundant water in the Jeju Island, their tangerine farming, and the voiceless corals creatures who live in the sea, which was designated as the bio-protection area by the UNESCO? (Similar issue in Vicenza, Italy, a World-heritage site, part of UNESCO sites, I hear)

I was told that when the concerned U. S. citizens in the world called to the South Korean embassy, in Washington DC to protest against the South Korean government’s oppression on the Gangjeong villagers and to oppose her Jeju naval base construction plan, two staffs in the embassy told the callers, “ Call your government. The US navy is the one that wants the naval base in the Jeju Island!”

As concerned friends in the world say, the South Korea, along with Okinawa, Japan, Taiwan have recently been accelerated by the military build-up- so called Missile Defense system-and relocation plans, for the benefit of the US domination strategy in the North East Asia region to control China’s oil passage and South Asia sea lanes. And people in Guam, like the people in Okinawa, who have suffered for long time, under the US military footprints are rising up against the Guam military build-up, hands in hands with the concerned Okinawa people and Japanese friends, I hear.

Whenever I hear the protest news of Okinawa, including those of Henoko, Uruma, Takae, and the protest news of Kyusu, including Oita and Gurume city, thanks to my Japanese friends, I am really encouraged even though I sigh to think how most governments in the world have been subjugated to the corporate domination, at the sacrifice of the grassroots who have been the true roots of any nations.

We, Koreans dearly support your righteous and beautiful struggles in Okinawa, Japan and the world! Please make live dear dugongs and corals, in the sea of Okinawa! Thanks very much for your courage and love of life.

Sung-Hee Choi
Incheon, Korea
No Base Stories of Korea

9 Apr 2010

Spring Love Harukaze 2010: Music festival-goers feel the love; explore issues of peace and sustainability

For the second year in a row during the first weekend of April, amidst cherry blossoms at their peak and near-perfect (if slightly chilly) weather, the Spring Love Harukaze festival transformed Tokyo's Yoyogi Park into a space of positive energy and peaceful vibes. The event featured some of Japan’s top musical talent, as well as a series of talk sessions related to various peace and environmental issues. In addition, the festival included a flea market with natural and eco-related goods, food stalls with organic and various world cuisines, tents with information from peace and environmental NPOs/NGOs, a DJ tent where young dancers enjoyed chilled-out grooves, and various jam sessions/performances spontaneously organized by festival-goers that seemed to crop up all over the venue throughout the weekend.

The festival was the result of a collaboration between Harukaze organizers, who put on rave parties of the same name in Yoyogi Park during the 1990s, together with the volunteer collective Peace Not War Japan, which organizes events combining music and peace. By bringing back the festival as Spring Love: Harukaze and including the educational component, the goal was to encourage festival attendees—including youth who may never before have thought about substantial social topics—to consider issues such as war, militarism, peace and sustainability.Masudo Ikue and Peace Not War Japan coordinator Fukui Hiroshi

One speaker offering such advice for young people was Masudo Ikue, a television and film actor who is most well-known by her former stage name, Takagi Saya. While still making occasional public appearances, she decided in 2008 to largely scale back her work in order to focus on more natural pursuits such as running her own beachside eco-café/gallery, growing some of her own food, and free-diving (she is a champion record-holder in Hawaii!). “The modern capitalist system that we live in encourages us to spend our energy gathering material possessions while gradually drifting further and further away from nature and healthy ways of living, ” she told Spring Love attendees. “It is up to each one of us to look deep inside and reconnect with our own deepest selves to see what we truly want out of this life.”

Another discussion, titled “Building sustainable, non-militarized economies: examples of organic, small-scale, community-based alternatives to a military-dependent economy,” which featured three well-known peace and environmental activists, offered a similar message. “When you structure your life the way the capitalist system demands—working as a slave to one single company—your individuality has absolutely no meaning, since the instant you are gone, you will simply be replaced by another cog in the wheel,” said speaker Tanaka Yu. “The recipe for happiness is to be in control of your life by diversifying your income sources, and always doing what you want to do rather than what some boss is telling you to do.”

This sentiment was also echoed by the other two speakers on the panel. Kosaka Masaru, a thirtysomething who runs his own organic café/bar and grows his own soybeans and rice, said that his greatest happiness is putting on some great music and cooking tasty, healthy food. Writer, translator, and international activist Kikuchi Yumi, whose family lives in a restored farmhouse and grows all of their own organic vegetables and rice, also agreed—telling spectators that growing one’s own food is as easy as starting with one simple herb planter at home; anyone can do it.

She continued by describing the local currency in her region of Awa, southern Chiba, where residents are able to buy products using “Awa Money" in addition to regular Japanese yen. “This kind of local currency movement is the basis for building peaceful societies, as opposed to what happens with Japan’s major banks—where money in peoples’ savings accounts are used without their knowledge to purchase things like cluster bombs used in U.S. wars,” concluded Tanaka, who also serves as executive director of the Mirai Bank (“Bank of the Future”)—an initiative that has served as a model for other sustainable community projects such as the Artist Power Bank. “We have the power to create peaceful societies by choosing how and where we use our money.”

Supporters of Takae Village, Okinawa, portraying the kuina bird that is endangered by U.S. military base construction plans

The third talk session also focused closely on creating alternatives to existing ills. Titled “Listen to citizens' voices: No more wasteful, destructive construction projects!”, the panel discussion featured speakers from groups working to save Mt. Takao from a highway tunnel; stop a nuclear power plant in Kaminoseki; and protect the lush Takae Village in Okinawa’s Yanbaru forest from construction of U.S. military base helipads. In the latter case, the Japanese government has brought a lawsuit against villagers who organized to stage a nonviolent sit-in protest against the construction.

“The role of a government is supposed to be protecting its citizens; but the Japanese government is clearly doing the opposite by exposing locals to these helipads, which carry very real risks of accidents using the unstable, dangerous Osprey helicopters,” said Peace Not War Japan coordinator Fukui Hiroshi. He organized the panel with the intent of helping create solidarity among these various domestic movements, who all face the common issue of attempting to protect human beings and nature alike from militarism’s seemingly endless capacity for destruction.

The event’s final talk session, titled “Why should Japan's Constitutional Article 9 (the peace clause) be protected?”, also considered the ways in which governments should function, as opposed to how they often do so in reality. “With Japan’s peace constitution in danger, we must also look at other examples of peace constitutions at work, such as the case of Ecuador, which successfully ousted a U.S. military base,” said panel moderator and Peace Boat staff member Matsumura Masumi.

“Japan must protect its peace constitution in order to avoid becoming a country like the United States, where systematic poverty results in young people being shipped off to fight destructive wars,” agreed freelance journalist Shiva Rei, who has seen firsthand the violence of war and occupation areas like Iraq and Gaza. “We must also do what we can to solve other related problems, such as making sure that we use natural energy sources rather than nuclear power—something that requires that we act on both personal and social/political levels.”

Panelists Shiva Rei, Kamebuchi Yuka and Matsumura Masumi discussing issues related to Japan's Constitutional Article 9

"This kind of topic might not come naturally for some of us,” concluded the third panelist Kamebuchi Yuka, a gospel singer and director of the Harukaze planning committee.“But one thing that every single one of us here can do is to go home tonight and talk to others about what we heard here at this festival. Another thing we can do is to get educated about the constitutional change election that is coming up next month.”

The event featured two stages: the main Spring Stage, where most musical acts and peace talks took place; and the smaller, cozier Love Stage, which housed DJs, smaller musical acts, and presentations from representatives of several of the NPOs and NGOs in attendance. One such group was US for Okinawa, made up mostly of foreign residents in Japan who are committed to demonstrating their support for a base-free Okinawa. In addition to introducing themselves on the Love Stage, the group organized a booth at the event with a photo exhibition, FAQ sheetFlier-Why%20Bases%20Don%27t%20Protect%20Japan.Jp.pdf, and petition all aimed at making clear the destructive impact of U.S. military bases. Coincidentally, many of the network's core members were actually on a study tour to visit U.S. bases in Okinawa on the very same weekend as Spring Love—their report of their very fruitful tour may be read here.
Another speaker on the Love Stage was Clara Shinobu Iura, a Japanese-Brazilian who is one of the 13 indigenous grandmothers featured in the film “For the Next Seven Generations”, which recounts how the women came together from around the world in an attempt to impart their knowledge and healing wisdom to younger generations before it is too late. “I was warned by my sister to be careful when visiting Mt. Fuji, because I am such a sensitive person and might be susceptible to particular energies there,” Iura told festival listeners. “Well, that is exactly what happened…it was as if the mountain was speaking to me, and telling me to dedicate my life to trying to save the earth.” Iura, who is now a practicing shaman in the Amazon rainforest of Brazil, will visit Amami Oshima island in southern Japan with the other grandmothers this coming October for a festival event, where they will conduct healing prayers and workshops. More information is available about the grandmothers’ project here. Clara Shinobu Iura, seated right

Many other organizations were also in attendance, including From Earth, an ecology/fair trade shop promoting organic lifestyles; and the nonprofit groups Habitat for Humanity and Natural House, which partnered to spearhead a unique fundraiser for survivors of the earthquake in Haiti by selling handmade bricks for ¥500 in a project simulating the construction of new homes.
Many of the performing artists also took the opportunity while onstage to share messages supporting the overall spirit of the event. “Even if we feel we cannot make a difference on a large scale with our individual actions, it is still important to live every single moment with purpose and clarity; this in itself is a step toward creating a peaceful world,” said the spokesperson for Gocoo, a phenomenal 11-piece wadaiko (Japanese drum) ensemble.The event’s closing artist, Sandii Bunbun, offered what was perhaps one of the most striking stage performances of the entire weekend. An internationally-known rock singer who collaborated with many famous artists during the 1970's and 80's using various stage names, Sandii—who grew up in Hawai’i—returned to her roots some years ago by performing more Hawai’ian music, and also earning the rank of Kumu Hula (hula master).

After first mindfully purifying the energy of the space, Sandii began her set by singing and drumming several numbers dedicated to Pele, the Hawai’ian goddess of passion and fire, while flanked by a troupe of her dancing students, known as the Hula All Stars. This was followed by an energetic set with her band, Earth Consciousness, which featured instrumentation including a didgeridoo, as well as stunning background visuals projected behind the stage. Just prior to her performance, Peace Not War Japan shared a powerfully poignant message of solidarity that had been received from activist Kyle Kajihiro in Hawai’i, which may be read in full here.Peace Not War Japan coordinators Fukui Hiroshi and Kimberly Hughes

Thoughtful solidarity message were also received from Sung-Hee Choi, an activist with the No Base Stories of Korea website; and Peace Not War Japan founder Dom Pates.

"I enjoyed myself here so much," said one event-goer, a third-year university student of social issues and history. "Coming here made me feel like it is possible to change the world to make it a better place!"

Peace Not War Japan extends deepest thanks to all artists and participants who helped make the Spring Love Harukaze event possible, as well as the 40,000 some attendees who dropped by the event over the weekend to make it their own—and everyone who took the time to read this report.

Truly…each one of us represents the peace we wish to see in the world!

25 Mar 2010

Spring Love 2010: The hottest urban party of the season!!

It’s back!! Spring Love (Harukaze) is making its second
run in Yoyogi Park on April 3rd and 4th, promising a
weekend extravaganza of top-rated musical and dance
performances, film screenings, organic food and goods
stalls, and talk sessions featuring peace-related social
action. Come out and enjoy the cherry blossoms while
feeding your mind and soul with some Spring Love!!

Date/Time: Saturday, April 3rd (1-8 PM) and Sunday,
April 4th (12-7:30 PM)
Venue: Yoyogi Park Outdoor Stage
Admission: Free!!

Event will feature:
■ Performances from numerous musicians and dancers
representing a variety of artistic genres
■ Peace-related talk sessions, films, and exhibitions
■ Events on two separate stages (Spring Stage and Love Stage)
■ Booths with literature from peace-related NPOs/NGOs
■ Spring Love Market with sales of various eco-friendly goods
■ Spring Love Kitchen featuring stalls with organic/ethnic foods
■ Live painting
■ Kids’ activities

Peace program:

Saturday, April 3rd

2:30-3:25 PM: Military bases and the role of the media

Panelists: Kobayashi Atsushi (director/producer of several military-
base related documentary films), Shiva Rei (freelance journalist who
has reported from places including Iraq and Gaza), Navigator: Inada Hideaki (Solar Inc.)

4:35-4:50 PM: Hints for carving out natural, sustainable
lifestyles in today's unnatural, unsustainable modern

Speaker: Ikue Masudo, formerly known as Takagi Saya
(TV/film actor, free diver, owner of Furyu organic cafe/gallery)
Navigator: Fukui Hiroshi (Peace Not War Japan music director,

4:50-5:50 PM: Why should Japan's Constitutional Article 9 (the
peace clause) be protected?

Panelists: Matsumari Masumi (Peace Boat), Shiva Rei (freelance
journalist), Kamebuchi Yuka (gospel singer, peace advocate)

8:30 PM〜: Documentary film screenings

“We don’t need bases anywhere!”, "ANPO" and "The
Insular Empire: America in the Marianas" promotional
clips, "Message from Yanbaru: A Documentary of Takae,
Higashi Village in Okinawa", "Alternative Lifestyles: Learning
from the European Squatting Movement", "Kukuru" (featuring
a live performance from singer UA in Takae village, Okinawa)

Sunday, April 4th

2:00-2:45 PM: Listen to citizens' voices: No more wasteful,
destructive construction!! Hear from activists working to stop
the following projects in environmentally rich areas: a tunnel
through Mt. Takao; a nuclear power plant in Kaminoseki; and a
U.S. military base in Takae Village, Okinawa.

Panelists: Sakata Masako (Kenju no kai), Higa "Marty" Masato
(documentary filmmaker), Yamato Taka (organic loquat farmer),
Yamada Sei (peace/environmental activist and author)

3:30-4:25 PM: Building sustainable, non-militarized economies:
examples of organic, small-scale, community-based alternatives
to a military-dependent economy

Panelists: Kikuchi Yumi (Harmonics Life Center director, Tokyo
Peace Film Festival producer, Japan United for a Ministry of
Peace committee member), Tanaka Yu (Mirai Bank Director,
Japan International Volunteer Center board member, ap bank
member), Kosaka Masaru (organic restaurant/bar owner, writer,
rice/soybean farmer)

5:10-5:25 PM: Kikuchi Yumi, a well-known peace/environmental
activist, writer, translator, and international speaker, shares the
latest information on 9/11-related issues, the Tokyo Peace Film
Festival, and more! Navigator: Kimberly Hughes, Peace Not War
Japan co-coordinator.

Musical performers:

Ikue Asazaki (traditional Amami Shimauta folk songs)

Sayoko meets YA MAN RIDDIM (funky reggae + djembe)

Blues the Butcher-590213 + Leyona (rock/soul/reggae/blues)

Rakita (acoustic groove)

Yuppi & Tane (elementary school aged singer/songwriter!)

Rabirabi (percussion/voice duo)

Ailie (roots reggae)


11-piece wadaiko (Japanese drum) ensemble

Kamebuchi Yuka and Voices of Japan (VOJA) (gospel)

Mika Arisaka (jazz)

SandiiBunbun with Earth Conscious and Hula All Stars (Hawaiian)

The Tchiky's (Acoustic/Afrobeat/Dub)

Takeru (reggae)

Fukugawa Baron Club (Indonesian gamelan)

YOSHIE (belly dancing)

Uranagel (folk)

Jintaramuta (fusion unit blending Japanese traveling street
protest music together with elements of modern jazz)


Mon Kumagai (shamisen)

And more!

Additional Information:

※ Please note that there may be changes in the list of
performers and guests.

※ Please refrain from smoking within the venue area,
as well as from taking photographs of the performers.

※ A portion of the sales of food and goods, as well as
all donations placed in our donation boxes, will be given
to several grassroots organizations in order to support
their ongoing work for nonviolent peace action.

※ Spring Love has a “gomi-zero” ("no garbage") policy.
Please leave the venue as clean as you found it by separating
your trash at one of the provided garbage stations. Garbage
cleanup is an extremely expensive undertaking, and if this
policy is not respected, we may not be able to offer this free
festival in the future. Show some spring love by following the
"gomi-zero" rule!!

※ Volunteers needed before and during the event!! (setup,
translation/interpretation, cleanup, various administrative tasks,
etc.) If you are able to help, please contact us at!

Event support: A SEED JAPAN, Solar, Peace Not War Japan,

1 Jan 2010

Happy New Year 2010! /PNWJ 2009 Event Report

Spring Love Harukaze / April 2009

Peace Not War Japan would like to extend our very best heartfelt wishes for the New Year to all of our supporters.

As we are all aware, 2009 was a difficult year around the globe for many reasons. Ongoing war and violence have continued to cause suffering for many, while also exacerbating related problems such as poverty, hunger and a worsening climate. The situations in Iraq, Afghanistan and Gaza are several examples that deserve our attention in particular, although certainly not the only ones.

Despite these problems, however, citizens the world over have continued to do their part to help create a better world through heartfelt action taken at the grassroots level. Peace Not War Japan was thrilled to be a small part of this global wave of peace and justice during 2009, through events combining live music performance with peace-related discussions. The highlight of our activities for the year occurred in early April, when we teamed up with seasoned event planners from the renowned "Harukaze" dance parties to put together "Harukaze: Spring Love." With the sakura blossoms in full bloom, Tokyo's Yoyogi Park was transformed that weekend into a space filled with incredible live music, thought-provoking presentations on peace issues, and amazing positive energy.

This was followed by an inspiring live music and talk event to commemorate the visit of the World March for Peace and Nonviolence participants to Tokyo in October, the PNWJ Peace Film and Live Music Festival held in Kunitachi, Tokyo in early November, and a slot to promote our activities at the Parties 4 Peace Earth Groove event in December. In addition, Peace Not War Japan was featured in an article from Metropolis magazine in August, which may be read here.

We were pleased, through these efforts, to provide modest donations to the following grassroots-level peace organizations and individuals:

Spring Love Harukaze:

Iraq Hope Network (Support for Women and Children in Baghdad)
Aizawa "Yatch" Yasuyuki: NPO Peace On
Director Kamanaka Hitomi: Support for her next film, "The Flapping
for release in 2010
Kikuchi Yumi: JUMP (Japan United for a Ministry of Peace)

PNWJ Peace Film and Live Music Festival in Kunitachi:

Kenju-no-kai (eco-action group working to save Mt. Takao from construction)
Collateral Repair Project (joint U.S.-Iraqi citizen project to support Iraqi refugees)
Yuntaku Takae: Save the Broccoli Forest: No Helipads in Takae, Okinawa!

For further details on these events and the organizations supported, please visit the earlier reports from our newsblog. We apologize that this resource was unavailable throughout most of 2009 due to technical problems, but we are pleased that everything is fully functional now, and that all past 2009 event reports have been posted. We would also like to thank the Kyoto-Journal affiliated blog Ten Thousand Things for hosting our reports for us while our newsblog was unavailable, as well as PNWJ Founder Dom Pates for helping us get this resource back online!

We are looking forward to more positive action in 2010, beginning with the second "Harukaze: Spring Love" , scheduled for April 3rd-4th. This year's event will focus on the connections between peace and environmentally sustainable movements such as local organic farming, among other issues. We will update this site as soon as details have been finalized.

We invite you to join us to support our efforts in 2010, and to spread the word amongst your friends. If you are interested in volunteering your time and talents to help us plan events, please also get in touch with us at It is your continued support that allows us to do what we do!

We wish each one of you all of the very best, and we thank you for joining us in helping to create a world that emphasizes the values of compassion, trust, equality, and connection across differences in order to help attain true peace and justice.

With hope and thanks,
The PNWJ Organizing Team
(Hiroshi Fukui, Kimberly Hughes, Miho Yazawa)

5 Dec 2009

Earth Groove: Make Your Peace

Peace Not War Japan is pleased to be teaming up with Parties 4 Peace this Friday, December 11th to present EARTH GROOVE --an event that will bring together a diverse collection of artists, musicians and activists to promote environmental awareness and peace through music, art and dance.

Parties 4 Peace describes itself on its website as an event production group that creates parties to promote peace through music and dance. By bringing people together from all nations, cultures and backgrounds, P4P hopes to integrate people from all over the world to create international understanding and peace. P4P is a non-profit production company that only works with DJs who volunteer their time and talent by playing its events for free.

Parties 4 Peace has spearheaded a number of recent projects to raise funds and encourage awareness (especially among the young generation) regarding various initiatives, including one to protect the natural surroundings of the Patagonia region in Chile. Multinational corporations are seeking to begin a hydroelectric project in the area, threatening destruction of its gorgeous glaciers and lakes.

The brochure for the project, which is titled PATAGONICA (a clever amalgam of "Patagonia" with the "electronica" style of dance music), reads as follows:

The PATAGONICA collective was founded in the year 2009 with the Parties for Peace events in Patagonia, in collaboration with the oldest environmental NGO in Chile, CODEFF, which is working to promote Patagonia as a World Heritage Site. The formation of the collective is attributed to the opportunities provided by the International NGO Peace Boat, which travels around the world promoting peace and sustainability.

A video describing the project, which includes footage from the Patagonia region and interviews (in English and Japanese) with event attendees and Parties 4 Peace/PATAGONICA founder Emilie McGlone, is here.

At the "Earth Groove" party this Friday, all proceeds will go to support P4P and several other collaborating organizations: Peace Boat; PangeaSeed, which raises awareness regarding the plight of sharks; and Peace Not War Japan, which supports grassroots peace organizations through events combining live music and peace-themed discussions.

Tokyo's up and coming DJs will be at the decks providing some amazing music for a come out and feel the positive vibes while making the earth groove!

2009.12.11 (FRIDAY)
“make your peace”@ FAVELA IN AOYAMA

TIME: 22:00 – 05:00
DOOR: 3000 yen / 2500 with flyer

** Includes one FREE DRINK + food **


Sam Fitzgerald (P4P)
Aosawa (Redbox / Freerange Tokyo)
Bosh (Dial / Log / Valys )
Tazzy (Rhythm Odyssey)
Ahimsa (Burning Desire)

ARTISTS :::::::::::::

COLLAGE: Kyle and Lindsey
FASHION: Fair Trade fashion by DAWN, Philippines; Me&Yu fashion
LIVE ART: Aaron Glasson & Crew (R.A.H, Sideroom, Blackbox); Yoh Nagao;
Rah Akaishi (R.A.H Collective);

For more information: Parties 4 Peace

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