The event was held at in Osaki at Gate City Osaki Hall along with the exhibit of children's book illustrations for the Books for Tomorrow Charity Auction. Before and after the event, participants wandered through the gallery area viewing the donated artwork, all still open to bidding online. There are so many great illustrations, including several donated by SCBWI Tokyo members.
|Viewing Akiko Hayashi's artwork showing the beloved Kon and Aki characters|
|IBBY president Ahmad Redza Ahmad Khairuddin with interpreter|
Sachiko Kashiwaba, author of Dai obasan no fushigina reshipi (Great Aunt's Mysterious Recipes) and many other titles, spoke of the frightening night of 3/11 in Iwate, and their fear and worry for all the people on the coast. She spoke of meeting with teachers and the principal of a school in a tsunami-hit town, of listening to their harrowing tales of escape, and of the monumental challenge of helping children process their experiences when there are so few counselors in Tohoku. And she urged people to visit and support Iwate Prefecture.
|Author Sachiko Kashiwaba|
Wrapping up the event, novelist Eto Mori shared her struggle to discover what she could do to help. She recalled being asked to write pieces immediately after the earthquake, but she explained that authors are the people walking behind everyone else, the ones left pondering after everyone else has left the scene, and that she needed time to process the disaster. She went to Tohoku to volunteer but was discouraged that she didn't have more physical strength to offer to clean-up operations. She came to realize there were other ways she could help and decided to focus on rescuing pets from the affected areas.
After the talks, participants were invited to view the Books for Tomorrow mobile library (toshokan basu), which heads up to Tohoku later this month.
|Author Eiko Kadono has a closer look|
What an inspiring day full of creative, book-related messages of hope for Tohoku!