26 people from the planting places in Brescia, Italy came to visit the mother the tree in Nagaksaki during March 30-April 10. They visited the mother tree, the A-bomb remnants, the tree doctor; Mr. Ebinuma’s field where the bombed Kaki Tree Jr. s grow, and they also enjoyed the Japanese custom “Hanami (cherry blossom viewing)”. Since most of the members were school teachers, we received a lot of gifts and art works from Italian children. It was a wonderful opportunity to re-realize the tight bonds that the Kaki Trees have connected between us.
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An artistic workshop had been held every year led by artist Anken Kidani at Karako Elementary School. This year, celebrating the 10th anniversary since the planting back in 2007, the third grade pupils exchanged video letters with pupils of F. Fellini Comprehensive School in Italy, and made ornaments to decorate their tree and another Kaki tree also planted in a nearby park. The anniversary ceremony was held on December 6th, and 76 pupils sang songs around both trees at their school and at the park.
The planting was devoted to a girl called Silvia, who passed away by cancer last year. The ceremony took place in two schools in the morning and in the afternoon. Students performed number of dance and songs which was all related to peace, and against war. They also performed a picture-story show of “The Kaki Tree Parent and Child” in English.
The application was from a Naturopathic Association in Piacenza. Ms. Takako Kakimoto; a vocalist from Nagasaki, ordered materials from her home town and prepared ambitiously for the planting. During the ceremony, there were singing, meditation, and children asked questions about war and A-bombs to a Japanese man by video call. Then, children buried a time capsule in the garden and planted the Kaki Tree near it.
The city of Torino applied for tree planting. The tree-planting ceremony took place on 29th April at “Niccolo Tommaseo” Comprehensive School. Children have learned about the “A-bombed kaki tree” at school. At the ceremony, children wrote messages on stones, and they were placed around the planted kaki tree. Other activities include singing songs and Haiku reading. Some of the children’s works displayed at Seirankan (Kounan City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan) where the tree-planting ceremony took place on March 2oth, prior to this school were displayed along with drawings created by children in Italy.
An embroidery company called HEARTS applied for tree planting. At HEARTS, they focus on quality products, and all embroidery works are made by hands of 8 embroiders. They use cork instead of leather, which is normally used for fasteners. They have a brand called “The Child Artist”, and its handmade women’s accessories capture children’s art works. They have started this line as they wanted to show children’s wonderful creativity to the world. They have been working on this project for some time, and have collaborated with institutions for underprivileged children over the past years and contributed a portion of their profits. They found out about our project on the Internet…. Read more »
The town of Olona in the province of Varese applied for tree planting. They have learned about the Kaki Tree Project through Mr. Rosario Manisera of Fuji Cultural Association. The tree-planting ceremony was held at Olona Middle School on 9th of April. Children from several schools and many local residents, including the mayor, participated. The Kaki Fusoshiki, wrapping cloth, designed by Katsuhiko Hibino was introduced, and they put medium-sized stones with pictures drawn by children around the planted tree. They also displayed drawings and other works of children inside the school, and a number of people went to see them. The local newspaper ran a big article on it as… Read more »
Abrami Marilena, a teacher at Paderno Franciacorta Elementary School applied for tree planting, and it took place on April 9th. The school started projects on peace a few years ago, and has conducted a number of projects since then.They wish children to have a firm belief that war will not help people grow and thrive, and in order to do so, they have proceeded with the projects associated with the tree-planting. Originally, they planed to plant the tree in their school yard, but it was planted in the park near the elementary school. At the ceremony, children, their parents and many people from local groups took part. They decorated a… Read more »
The tree-planting ceremony took place at the Associazione Gaetano Negri ONLUS on 9th of April. The association was established in 1961 to support people with mental and physical disabilities. Since then, it has continued its activities with aims to raiseawareness among the general publicand people with mental and physical disabilities that they are also worthwhile and have equal rights as well, and to support art making and their works to build relationships based onspiritual values and ethical existence regardless of disabled people’s production capability. The association staff learned about the Kaki Tree Project through the Kaki Tree Story book, which was published last year (Italian translation), and were greatly inspired…. Read more »
A planting ceremony was held at Seirankan in Aichi Prefecture on the 20th of March. Seirankan is a educational facility of Japanese calligraphy, which runs a museum and a calligraphy school. The Kaki Tree was planted in a small garden just beside the facility. They collected ‘Kaki Peace Art’ calligraphy works and exhibited them at the city culture hall. There were 945 works collected from all around the country.
The kaki tree was planted on 19th March in the 5,000 sq meter park which is managed by local citizens. An edible landscape (where fruit and vegetable are planted) has been built in the park, and a number of plants and trees are also planted. The tree-planting ceremony took place to commemorate the sister cities relationship between Rodengo Saiano and Lyon. Many second graders of middle school in Lyon participated in, too. They wrote messages and installedthe low wooden fence around the tree forming a triangular shape, and placed a beautiful plaquebeside it. Then, a peace meeting was held on 6th April.
We have passed the plantation inspections to ship you all the Bombed Kaki Tree Jr.! The saplings will arrive at your place by the end of February, 2016.
The kaki tree planting took place on 26 February 2007 at Karako Elementary School in Higashi-Matsuyama city. They held workshops by Artist Anken Kidani every autumn since then as a peace study session for the third-grade pupils. Following is about the workshop held on 17 November 2015 at the school. First, the picture-card show of “Kaki Tree Parent and Child”, a story about the bombed kaki tree in Nagasaki, was performed by its creator, Anken Kidani. He described the history of the kaki tree which was planted in the elementary school. When children went to see the actual tree and touched it, they were surprised how much the tree had… Read more »
The Planting Ceremony at a park in Ficulle was held on 25 April, which is the anniversary of the end of the war in Italy. Children in Kindergarten participated in the ceremony. They made flags with their wishes for peace, and decorated them around the Kaki tree. Children wore orange T-shirts, and made orange flags, and the whole village was covered in Orange. One of the applicant, Paola (an ceramic artist) created the beatiful “Peace-path”, and people in the village were able to make their own “Peace-seeds” with clay for the path.
We will participate in the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale 2015 and hold a workshop and a lecture on 9th August, the anniversary of the Nagasaki atomic bombing. They will be held under the fully grown kaki tree, which marks the 14th year after planting. Please visit us in Niigata! Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale 2015 www.echigo-tsumari.jp/eng/ Special events to the exhibition 2015 Workshop “Iro-Iro Hatameku!” by Artist Misa Asano Date and time: Sunday, 9th August 2015 13:00-14:00 Place: Open space next to Taihei Shuraku Kaihatsu Center (Taihei Community Development Center) 228-1, Taihei, Tokamachi-shi, Niigata Prefecture Lecture on the “Kaki Tree Project” by Tatsuo Miyajima Date and Time: Sunday, 9th August 2015 17:00-18:30 Place:… Read more »