Workshop by Anken Kidani: Let’s draw “Kaki Tree Parent and Child” in Karako Elementary School in Higashi-Matsuyama

The kaki tree planting took place on 26 February 2007 at Karako Elementary School in Higashi-Matsuyama city. They hold a workshop by Artist Anken Kidani every autumn since then as a peace study session for the third-grade pupils.
Following is about the workshop held 17 November 2015 at the school. At 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 with singing. He described the history of the kaki tree which was planted in the elementary school ground, so that the pupils could understand. When children went to see the actual tree and touched it, they were surprised how much the tree has grown. The theme of the workshop was “Let’s draw a baby kaki tree!” and each of them drew a baby kaki tree and a tree doctor using imagination. Children talked with Anken Kidani and the Kaki Tree staff, and drew very unique and wonderful pictures such as a kaki tree with a room inside its trunk and a tree from which one could drink kaki juice any time. At the end of the workshop, each pupil did a presentation on his or her drawing. The workshop offered a good opportunity for children to learn about “life”.