Day 7: Tenno-cho Park to Kamiooka Station, Hodogaya Ward

Today we walked further into the streets of Yokohama. Yokohama City is a port city and many of its buildings in the city center near the port have a european touch.

Yoshiyo Sato, a hibakusa, gave a message this day. He was 14 years old when exposed to radiation from the atomic bomb blast.His mother died 1 month after, while his sister 6 months later. He expressed his opposition on the current government’s intention to change the Article 96 is Japan’s Constitution. (More on Article 96 and Article 9 at the end of this post.)

Article 96 is a portion of Japan’s constitution that contains the requirements for ammending it. The current prime minister intends to change Article 9 of the constitution. He wants to change Article 96 so he can easily change Article 9.

The Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution expresses the country’s renunciation of war. The photo below shows Article 9. (This is a print at the back of a shirt Mizukichan gave me for the Peace March)

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I’ve had similar shirts when I was very young. I have known of Article 9 at a young age, but this time I seem to appreciate it even more in the context of the many things I have seen for the past 9 days. The Article 9 is considered a treasure not just of the peace movement, but of all the people in Japan. There are organizations in Japan advocating Article 9. You will probably see many more Article 9 memorabilia throughout the Peace March. This photo below is one of them.

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After lunch, we headed to the Yokohama Prefecture Office near the Yokohama Minato (Port). A representative of the Mayor Hayashi Fumiko delivered his message of support to keep peace. I also learned that there are around 5000 hibakusha in Kanagawa Prefecture and 2000 of them lives in Yokohama.

The very supportive trumpeteer, Akira Matsudaira, was with us again. He played a popular Japanese song and some people hummed and sang with him. It has a good melody. Fukushima san told me the title of the song was ‘One Pencil.’

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I was surprised to see Bunchan that afternoon as I delivered a very short speech in Nihongo. Bunchan is like the Peace March specialist of Japan Gensuikyo. 🙂 I report to her, Satake san and Yasuisan allfrom the Japan Gensuikyo. 🙂

We finished at the Kamiooka eki. Another exciting part of the day was we had a bit of tourist mode.
We went to yokohama port and had some sight seeing.
We also had additional sight seeing at the park near the Yokohama tower. See photos below.

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