Stories and Songs from Kesennuma with Priest Katayama
Please JOIN US for an afternoon of making a traditional Japanese craft and live jazz music from musicians from Kesennuma Japan!
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Daruma Workshop
12:00-1:00 p.m. Kassapa Jazz Band Performance
Priest Katayama will lead a workshop for you to create your own daruma rock to REMEMBER 3.11 and remind you to never give up!
Please join us by welcoming Priest Shuko Katayama, Head Priest of the Jifukuji Temple in Kesennuma, Japan. He will be visiting San Francisco to remember the 5th Anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Disaster.
The Jifukuji Temple is located within sight distance of the Pacific Ocean in the City of Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture Japan. Thus, when the tsunami hit this fishing town on 3/11/11, the majority of the temple’s members perished. This sad and dark event deeply affected Priest Katayama who took it upon himself to create a campaign to not forget his members by creating the motto “We will not break; we will not leave and we will not give up.” As part of his campaign, he also launched the Umibe no Mori wo Tsukurou initiative to build a wall out of trees and saplings to protect the residents from any future tsunami.
A man of many talents, Priest Katayama will conduct a daruma making workshop out of stones he has collected in Kesennuma as well as perform a few of his songs that he composed to specifically remember and address the 3/11/11 event. Event FLYER.