Linda Speel talks about the need for testing for radiation in our food and water

Linda Speel, one of the organizers of the “Fukushima is Here” human mural project at Ocean Beach in San Francisco, Saturday, October 19, 2013 talks about the fact that radioactive waste continues to leak from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant due to the disaster of March 11, 2011 in Japan. She is part of an organization promoting and lobbying for testing of radiation in our water, food and environment both in Japan and in California. For more information, goto: and

Fukushima is Here


Fukushima is Here.
Saturday, Oct 19, 2013. Ocean Beach, San Francisco.

What an incredible event. As I was driving up from San Jose to San Francisco, I was worried that the fog would ruin the day. But, like a miracle, the sun came out on cue, as the crowd of over 500 began to gather for this momentous occasion: a human mural spelling out the words “Fukushima is Here”… a message to the world that threat of nuclear contamination from the Fukushima disaster of 2011 is still here, and real. It is not just a local problem in the Tohoku region, but a global threat. People from the East Coast, South America, Canada, Japan and Europe came in solidarity to express their concerns and search for answers. Kudos to Jina, John and the many organizers who made this happen.

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Typhoon, mudslides kill 17 in Japan; 50 missing

Associated Press

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TOKYO (AP) — A typhoon caused deadly mudslides that buried people and destroyed homes on a Japanese island Wednesday before sweeping up the Pacific coast, grounding hundreds of flights and disrupting Tokyo’s transportation during the morning rush. At least 17 deaths were reported and nearly 50 people were missing.

Hardest hit from Typhoon Wipha was Izu Oshima island, which is about 120 kilometers (75 miles) south of Tokyo. Rescuers found 16 bodies, most of them buried by mudslides, police and town officials said. Dozens of homes were destroyed, and about 45 people were missing.

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Fukushima is Here Ocean Beach, San Francisco, California

Please join us in this human mural event.
We need your bodies on October 19th, 2013
at Ocean Beach in San Francisco, California
to write these 3 words…


On October 19th, hundreds of people will align their bodies to create a human mural spelling out “FUKUSHIMA IS HERE” and then be photographed from the air. We want you with us.

Please arrive in the vicinity by 10:45 a.m. Helicopter overhead at noon sharp. Event finished by approx 12:15.

We will arrange ourselves in 100-foot tall lettering. Our aim is to bring awareness to the continuing damage and mismanagement of Fukushima nuclear power plant.

Info and signup

How strawberries saved my city: Hiroki Iwasa at TEDxTohoku 2012

Here is a presentation by Mr. Hiroki Iwasa, entrepreneur and speaker for TEDxTohoku2012.

Mr. Iwasa wishes to revitalize his hometown, Yamamoto-cho in Watari-gun, Miyagi prefecture, which suffered catastrophic damages from the earthquake and tsunami.
In the presentation, he introduces his way of producing strawberries via the integration of cutting-edge IT management skills and the agricultural skills well-practiced by local farmers.

This presentation will fill your whole senses with a sour-but-sweet feel – and we’re not just talking about the flavor of the strawberries!
Mr. Iwasa’s humor and enthusiasm will definitely bring a smile to your face, so please have a look!

TEDx Tohoku will be held this weekend, Sunday, October 13, 2013 (Japan time) at the Kodomo-Gekijo, Research Center for Children Art Education, Tohoku University of Art and Design in Yamagata City.

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Benefit Concert for Japanese Tsunami Recovery

The Heart Sutra 般若心経

An Afternoon of Indian Classical Music and Dance

July 13, 2013, 2:00  San Mateo Buddhist Temple
2 S Claremont St. San Mateo, CA 94401

Tickets for July 13th Show: 

July 14, 2013, 2:00  Berkeley Piano Club
2724 Haste St. Berkeley, CA 94704

Tickets for July 14th Show:

Mayumi Fukushima and Hitomi Kiriyama of Muyuju
Mayumi Fukushima and Hitomi Kiriyama of Muyuju

Muyuju (pronounced, Moo/You/Ju)

Come and experience a truly spiritual performance by renowned Japanese dance group Muyuju in their first-ever United States appearance.

Toward a new dance expression, the Odissi dance group Muyuju was formed in 2008 by Mayumi Fukushima and Hitomi Kiriyama who are the Odissi dancers. The Hindustani Classical musicians, Go Arai (violin and sitar) and Shiori Ishida (tabla) participated and are part of the company. Their activities began with the performance of volunteers at various welfare facilities.     The characteristic ofMuyuju, is that the dancers usually sit on chairs while performing the dance, while singing the Sanskrit song or telling the translated story. This style was born from Mayumi Fukushima’s physical handicap. They performed at several places, for example, the Embassy of India, Buddhist temples, Fukushima city where the earthquake affected areas, and so on.

Muyuju” means Ashoka trees, the flowers of which are thought to remove people’s sorrow.

Kalapi Roy-Neogi will join Muyuju as the guest local vocalist. Local Bharatanatyam and Odissi dancers, and musicians will accompany Muyuju dancers in this performance.

Mayumi Fukushima (Odissi)
Hitomi Kiriyama (Odissi)
Go Arai (Sitar/Violin)
Shiori Ishida  (Tabla)
guest musician

Kalapi Roy-Neogi (Vocal)

More Local Dancers and Musicians

Hindustani vocal

All proceeds from this concert are going directly to the Shinryuin Soto Zen Temple in Miyagi, Japan and will be used in its ongoing efforts to help communities recover from the 2011 tsunami in Japan.  Shinryuin is the Soto Zen temple where Rev. Kiko Tatedera, the former resident minister of Sokoji Soto Zen Temple in SF Japan Town is helping restoration.

Click the “download” link written in Japanese below.
Muyuju flyer light.pdf
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