I heard a report this morning on NPR about a famous painting from Japan called The Waves at Matsushima Bay, which is just north of Sendai where the tsunami hit the country hardest. The story mentioned Cherry Blossom time in Washington. The oldest cherry trees in our capitol were gifts from Japan to the U.S. many years ago. The screen painting of The Waves at Matsushimi was made over 400 years ago. Apparently the recent aerial views of the Tsunami in Japan look very much like the original painting.
Our relationship with Japan has changed over the centuries, depending on the vagaries of politics and human relationships. In today's world, it's important to remember that we are truly a global community. My colleague Teresa shared a March 22 blog post from Pure Land and Mountain:
“In this new instant, the world became Japan and Japan the world. For the first time in history, we all felt it: we are all in this together. This was not politics, this was not spin, this was life - our life - all of us, here on this small blue spaceship. I believe that this will go down in history as a major turning point in the hopeful advance of civilization... If we can maintain our native integrity, keep our minds clear and learn what we are being taught...”
At Living Light, our students come from all over the world - many from Japan. We are donating $250 for each person who signs up for our new Advanced Raw Culinary Arts Instructor Certification with Jennifer Cornbleet. We also have a link for donations to our sister city, Otsutchi, Japan. Check details here. It is heartening to see that on many websites there are donation links; people are pulling together in new ways. Hope for peace and love to prevail on earth at last. We're in this together.