Friday, July 16, 2010

Peace Origami film receives permission for public viewing

Thank you to the Consulate General of Japan for their donation of Origami paper to make the 1,001 cranes to take to the Hiroshima Museum in the summer of 2011 and being a resource for the permision to do public viewings of the film, On a Paper Crane, Tomoko's Adventure at Casady School on September 12, and at the Nordic Library on September 14.

The paper crane making was part of Casady's Peace Education activities for the month of September.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Food for thought...The Secret Powers of Time, and the Power of the arts for social change

Two interesting videos related to the last JASO discussion on Peace Education. The first video is searching for translations to other languages. If you click on subtitles, you will find Chinese. If anyone is interested, follow the subtitles link to other languages until you get to wanted translations.

Casady School headmaster was the source of the following video on Time and History

An Origami Peace Hope Project Begins

This is a picture of a Origami Peace Tree Project created by a Russian family. Check their website at

What about encouraging participants to create a paper crane to keep and a peace dove to send or viceversa. This is a 3-d site for paper cranes:

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Let's Have Fun: Manga and Anime Part II, Tanabata Festival

6:30-7:00 Summer Festival in Japan, July 7th Movement of male and female stars which occurs once every 7 years. Japanese people write wishes. July/August 7
Star Festival (tanabata): Tanabata is a festival rather than a national holiday.
Tanabata (七夕, tanabata?, meaning "Evening of the seventh") is a Japanese star festival, related to the Chinese star festival, Qixi.It celebrates the meeting of Orihime (Vega) and Hikoboshi (Altair). According to legend, the Milky Way, a river made from stars that crosses the sky, separates these lovers, and they are allowed to meet only once a year on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month of the lunisolar calendar. The celebration is held at night

To celebrate this festival, Masayo had a Show and Tell of Japanese Food, part of which came from her personal garden. Soba noodles, Edamane/Traditional Rice crakers eaten like chips with beer. She also brought several equivalents to chips, some made of fish and seaweed. Masayo also brought samples of several Japanese drinks. Foods can be purchased at Super Cao. We had an idea to talk to Super Cao owners to give discounts to JASO members. We will need to issue a JASO wallet membership card for that purpose.

The discussion also brought to light that even numbers are bad in Japan and Russia, but not in China. #4 sounds like death and people even in China avoid saying that number.

For dessert, Masayo brought Poki and Gigi brought delicious fruit and a seaweed based dessert.

Masayo introduced old manga and anime shorts from You Tube, and Gigi brought the Manga and Anime movie we started to watch in June. It was a very nice way to end the day watching the Tokyo Godfathers film and Tetsujin 28 on YouTube

Participants: Masayo, Jeremy, Gigi, her husband, 2 friends of Gigi from Catholic Charities, Carmen, and the lady from Russia whose name I do not recall.

Masayo received payment for two tickets to the ASO Taste of Asia and she announced that the ASO scholarship application is available for college and high school age members.