Is It Too Late?

The longest letter I've ever written

I live in the countryside of southern Japan. I really love the scenery, and I hope that the beauty of nature will last forever. The backgrounds of these pieces are the mountains and rice fields that I see every day in my village. The texts are written by a lady who lives nearby. After the tragedy of Chernobyl, she studied about nuclear power plants. The more she got to know about nuclear power plants, the more she became aware of the danger of power plants. She says in this book,

We are all on board a ship, heading for the destruction of the earth.
Hurry and get off this ship!
We do not need nuclear power. And we cannot live hand in hand with it.

Text   We will all go back to the earth someday. Let us stop fighting, and killing each other. Do not kill, if you do not want to be killed. It is about time we started thinking of ways to live together in harmony. While we live on the same planet, letfs live happily together in peace, helping each other and sharing all the joy. Our lives will only last for some 80 years, and should be cherished. If things remain unchanged, men will perish from what they have created.

Sumi ink, Kakishibu (fermented persimmon juice)


Text   We do not pass on to the next generation the gifts of fresh air, clean water and a safe earth. We have enjoyed all the benefits that make our life comfortable and what we leave our children is deadly radioactive wastes. We have thought very little about the welfare for our children and grand children. What would our children say regarding our selfishness? We are at this moment doing such harmful things to them. And the reality is that many people just do not care about it. Isnft it a problem that we should all join together to solve? Tomorrow will be too late.

Sumi ink, Kakishibu (fermented persimmon juice)

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