Sunday, March 28, 2010

'Spring Love 2010': free festival in Yoyogi Park, Tokyo (April 3-4)

Building on last year's gathering, next weekend sees the 2010 'Spring Love' event ('Harukaze', in Japanese) in Tokyo's Yoyogi Park.

Last year saw around 40,000 people gathered together for music, dance, talks and discussions about peace, plus healthy food stalls and a market of eco- and organic goods, at this event co-organised by PNWJ. This year sees the festival's return, with more performances, film screenings and talk sessions centred around peace. The event is free and happens surrounded by the beautiful backdrop of this season's cherry blossoms in bloom.

For the full programme, see below (note - many of the talks are likely to be in Japanese):

Date/Time: Sat. April 3rd (1 - 8 PM) / Sun. 
April 4th (12 - 7:30 PM)

Venue: Yoyogi Park Outdoor Stage

Admission: Free

Event will feature:

  • Performances from numerous musicians and dancers representing a variety of artistic genres

  • Peace-related talk sessions, films, and exhibitions

  • Events on two separate stages (Spring Stage and Love Stage)

  • Booths with literature from peace-related NPOs/NGOs

  • Spring Love Market with sales of various eco-friendly goods 

  • Spring Love Kitchen featuring stalls with organic/ethnic foods

  • Live painting

  • Kids’ activities

Peace program (please note that changes may occur):

Saturday, April 3rd

14:30 - 15:25: Military bases and the role of the media

Panelists: Kobayashi Atsushi (documentary filmmaker), 
Shiva Rei (freelance journalist)

Navigator: Inada Hideaki (Solar Inc.)

16:35 - 16:50: Hints for carving out natural, sustainable 
lifestyles in today's unnatural, unsustainable modern 

Speaker: Ikue Masudo, formerly known as Takagi Saya 
(TV/film actor, free diver, owner of Furyu organic cafe/gallery)

Navigator: Fukui Hiroshi (Peace Not War Japan music director, 

16:50 - 17:50: Why should Japan's Constitutional Article 9 (the 
peace clause) be protected?

Panelists: Matsumari Masumi (Peace Boat), Shiva Rei 
(freelance journalist), Kamebuchi Yuka (gospel singer)

20:30 〜: Documentary film screenings
  • 'We don’t need bases anywhere!'
  • 'ANPO' promotional clip
'Message from Yanbaru: A Documentary of Takae, Higashi 
Village in Okinawa'
  • 'Alternative Lifestyles: Learning from the 
European Squatting Movement'
  • 'Kukuru' (featuring a live 
performance from singer UA in Takae village, Okinawa)

Sunday, April 4th

14:00 - 14:45: Listen to citizens' voices: No more wasteful, 
destructive construction!

Hear from activists working to stop 
the following projects in environmentally rich areas: a tunnel 
through Mt. Takao; a nuclear power plant in Kaminoseki; and a 
U.S. military base in Takae Village, Okinawa.

Panelists: Sakata Masako (Kenju no kai), Higa 'Marty' Masato 
(documentary filmmaker), Yamato Taka (organic loquat farmer), 
Yamada Sei (peace/environmental activist and author)

15:30 - 16:25: Building sustainable, non-militarized economies:
 examples of organic, small-scale, community-based alternatives 
to a military-dependent economy

Panelists: Kikuchi Yumi (Harmonics Life Center director, Tokyo 
Peace Film Festival producer, Japan United for a Ministry of 
Peace committee member), Tanaka Yu (Mirai Bank Director, 
Japan International Volunteer Center board member, ap bank 
member), Kosaka Masaru (organic restaurant/bar owner, writer, rice/soybean farmer)

17:10 - 17:25: Kikuchi Yumi, a well-known peace/environmental 
activist, writer, translator, and international speaker, shares the
 latest information on 9/11-related issues, the Tokyo Peace Film 
Festival, and more.

Navigator: Kimberly Hughes, Peace Not War
 Japan co-coordinator.

Musical performers:

Ikue Asazaki (traditional Amami Shimauta folk songs) 

Sayoko meets YA MAN RIDDIM (funky reggae + djembe)

Blues the Butcher-590213 + Leyona (rock/soul/reggae/blues)

Rakita (acoustic groove)

Yuppi & Tane (elementary school aged singer/songwriter!)

Rabirabi (percussion/voice duo)

Ailie (roots reggae)


 11-piece wadaiko (Japanese drum) ensemble

Kamebuchi Yuka and Voices of Japan (VOJA) (gospel)

Mika Arisaka (jazz)

SandiiBunbun with Earth Conscious and Hula All Stars (Hawaiian)

The Tchiky's (Acoustic/Afrobeat/Dub)

Fukugawa Baron Club (Indonesian gamelan)

YOSHIE (belly dancing) 

Uranagel (folk)

Jintaramuta (fusion unit blending Japanese travelling street 
protest music together with elements of modern jazz)


Mon Kumagai (shamisen)

And more!

Additional Information:

  • Please note that there may be changes in the list of 
performers and guests.

  • Please refrain from smoking within the venue area, 
as well as from taking photographs of the performers.

  • A portion of the sales of food and goods, as well as 
all donations placed in our donation boxes, will be given 
to several grassroots organizations in order to support 
their ongoing work for nonviolent peace action.
  • Spring Love has a 'gomi-zero' ('no garbage') policy. 
Please leave the venue as clean as you found it by separating 
your trash at one of the provided garbage stations. Garbage 
cleanup is an extremely expensive undertaking, and if this 
policy is not respected, we may not be able to offer this free 
festival in the future. Show some spring love by following the 'gomi-zero' rule!
  • Volunteers needed before and during the event!! (setup,
 translation/interpretation, cleanup, various administrative tasks,
 etc.) If you are able to help, please contact us at kim[a]

Supporting organizations: A SEED JAPAN, Solar, Peace Not 
War Japan, TEAM

Official event website (Japanese only)

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