Vandy Wilkinson
Hamamatsu, Japan
2019

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I wore the 2011 T shirt to my zazen session on June 22 and asked permission to talk about the meaning of the event, the picture, the purpose of the artwork. We had a pretty good discussion, considering my limitations in the Japanese language. And they compared the handprinted blue banner and the image on the T and talked about the bird making a nest, a safe place, a home. All of that happened in one of the tatami mat rooms in the public meeting hall.
I had a hard time finding someone to go with me, and even when he did, he wouldn’t take a picture with me. I got two images. Herewith, the second.
This concrete closed off area is an environmental, engineering mistake, a culdesac with no ingress or exit. We saw a turtle, or  yes, it probably was a turtle, making bubbles over there. And we discussed suburban development and families and respecting the environment and the danger of tsunami or earthquake.
So here is the second picture. At least I got out twice to try to figure out how to Honor Global Earth Exchange—and I am thankful to see the spirit of beauty and giving around the world.

Hamamatsu, Japan

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