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Saturday, December 26, 2009
A Beautiful Henoko
Yumiko, Tomo and I went to Henoko, where people have been sitting in for the last eight years to stop the construction of a new U.S. military base. December 25, 2009 - the Christmas Day. The Henoko Beach Cat? I should have brought my son.
"The seashore is the treasure of all. Please bring garbage home. - Environment and Publish Health Division of Nago City." With the hand-written note, it reas "Please bring bases and garbage home."
"Remove Futenma Base! Stop the construction of a new base in Henoko! " - a teachers' union in Okinawa.
A nature's playground.
The "Tent Village"
I heard that the activists learned to canoe, dive, and drive boats to stop the base construction work.
People come here from all over Japan and abroad to make these statements that they want Henoko to be as quiet and beautiful as it is now. I heard that people have moved from other parts of Japan to protect Henoko.
Activists have been sitting in on the shore of Henoko for over 2,000 days.
I know no matter how long I stay here in Okinawa, I won't be able to fully understand the centuries of oppression, unspeakable horrors of war and the continuing humiliation from the military occupation that Okinawans have gone through.
But I know that I don't have to stay here more than one day to know that we don't need another military base in Okinawa.
If you have any doubt, just come and see for yourself.
Those who need "deterrence" can build a base in their own backyard.