Kiku Nakayama and Sayuri Yoshinaga receive Towa Futurist Awards

Kiku Nakayama and Sayuri Yoshinaga receive Towa Futurist Awards

On the afternoon of October 27 at Josui Kaikan in Chiyoda, Tokyo, Sayuri Yoshinaga (from the left), Kiku Nakayama, and Seiichiro Tsuboshima, curator of Mugonkan happily receives the Towa Futurist Award.  

October 28, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 27 in Tokyo, an award ceremony for the Towa Futurists Awards, which recognizes individuals and groups that have consistently engaged in grass-roots peace activities, was held. The award winners are two individuals and one group: Kiku Nakayama, president of Shiraume Alumni and representative of the group “Seishun wo kataru kai,” an actress Sayuri Yoshinaga, who have both recited poems about the atomic bombing, and a museum “Mugonkan” in Nagano, which pays respects to students who died in the war.

Nakayama said, “Uplifted by the award, I will continue to work for the consolidation of military bases, prevention of the new base construction, and the true peace of Okinawa.” Nakayama was recognized for her activities in a volunteer group of former female student “Seishun wo kataru kai.” The group was established in 1999. The group was committed to passing down the experiences of the Battle of Okinawa and to the promotion of peace through delivering lectures. The group ended its activities this March.

Yoshinaga was recognized for her volunteer activities reciting poems about the atomic bombing. She stated that she has made a poem-reading CD about Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which suffered the atomic bombings, Okinawa, which suffered high causalities in the Battle of Okinawa, and Fukushima, which was affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake and the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster.

(English translation by T&CT and Megumi Chibana) 

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