THE BEAT OF MARCH
(Day 2 in Osaka)
It is loud and annoying but the marchers wanted it like food. I was hitting the drum with a Mindanao beat. One of the marcher handed me a “Taiko”(japanese drum). For me, the sound of this drum is music to my ear but if you use it in the march, it is a noise to a place like Osaka that metigates noise pollution. But who cares? The beat of this drum pours energy and strength to the marchers.
The marchers walked 20 to 25 kilometers everyday. They take a rest 5 to 10 minutes of every quarter-day and lunch. Every step the marchers make is a hope that Japan and the world will have nuclear-free and peaceful future. This is the reason that I play the drum until the end of the day to compensate every step of hope. The drum beat makes them smile. The drum beat eliminate their weariness. The beat of hope, the beat of strength, the beat of march.
2014 International Youth Relay March for Osaka & Hyogo Prefectures
Multi-media Editor, Mindanao People’s Peace Movement