Waiheke Marketplace : May 25th 2011
7 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, MAY 25, 2011 NEWS OBSIDIAN 2010... "en primeur" 28 May 2011 at Fables, 8 George St, Parnell, Auckland 12noon - 6pm • $10 entry Taste and buy a 2010 legend. Barrel-taste one of Waiheke's fnest Bordeaux blends, rated by Bob Campbell MW as "Extremely ageworthy... gold medal standard". Meet Mike Wood, the winemaker. Compare the eleventh vintage alongside two recent vintages. Take advantage of the "en primeur" price offer on the day and save 30%. Other Obsidian wines will also be available for tasting and purchase -- an opportunity to explore this estate's vision for Waiheke wine. If you can not attend the event, contact 027 240 1564 or firstname.lastname@example.org to place an order. Sendai My memories of Dragon boat 2005: Tourists took this boat around some of the 260 islands in Matsushima Bay. The bay was ravaged by the recent tsunami but the bullet train from Sendai has been restored. Janet Moore visited Sendai in northeast Japan to teach English for a week in 2005. Six years later she shares her recollections of the area before it was devastated by the recent tsunami. Festival of stars, left: The Tanabata streamers that Sendai is known for hang in a central city arcade. Learning the history: Janet Moore, far left, in front of the Zuihoden museum in Sendai. I took the opportunity to teach at summer school in Sendai as our 1980 homestay student had studied there to become a medical doctor and I felt some connection to the city. The opportunity arose through AUT and was sponsored by the Insti- tute for International Understanding which was partly Japanese funded. My teaching partner was a good looking young man called Richie. He wore long sleeves to conceal extensive colourful body art he had on both his arms as we were scheduled to teach at exclusive Catholic girls high school Shi- rayuri Gakuen -- and vis- ible tattoos were decid- edly off-limits. The school was beauti- fully appointed in the suburbs just out of Sendai city and well resourced -- in a similar league to Auckland's Diocesan or St Cuthbert's schools. When we arrivedf we met a voluntary teacher from Britain who had been raised in New Zea- land. A keen photographer and seasoned traveller with an outgoing person- ality and a jolly dispo- sition, Angela proved to be an ideal companion and we teamed up to visit Matsushima Bay, a short ride up the coast, before we left. I also met young Japanese doctor Kozue Miyazaki and we did some sightseeing together. Sendai is a beautiful city with large deciduous zelkova trees, similar to elms, overhanging the wide main streets. They are one of the symbols of this green city -- Mori No Miyako or city of trees. There are six universities, many museums, art galleries and ancient temples. Statues abound, mostly dedicated to founding father Date Masamune. We were there for Tanabata, the festival of stars, and all the shop- ping malls and public places were hung with large colourful pompom- headed streamers resem- bling comets. The week-long cel- ebration culminated in a spectacular fireworks display. The 60th anniversary of the bombing of Hiro- shima coincided with the 20th anniversary of the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior, so I went armed with a lesson including a CD of Don McGlashan's tribute song Anchor Me. Much to my surprise I discovered my 12 young fourth form students had never heard about the act of terrorism in New Zealand's territorial waters and why the peace ship had been targeted -- nor had their Japanese form teacher. Some of the girls found the imagery a little obscure so I explained that Don McGlashan had written it as a love song for his wife and that was how most New Zealand- ers felt about the ship which had come to have a special place in our affections -- more than we could say for the French government at that time. In 2005 we had four prominent women in top positions in New Zea- land. My Japanese students were very impressed with New Zealand's all- woman lineup -- Speaker of the House Margaret Wilson, Prime Minister Helen Clarke, Chief Jus- tice Sian Elias, and Governor General Dame Sylvia Cartwright. One of my students became quite incensed at the lack of Japanese female representation in government. Japan had just one woman politician who only lasted for a brief time. On the final day of our week-long stay, we there was a farewell concert in the chapel. The girls sang some beautiful hymns and moved me to tears. In my farewell speech, I assured them that in 20 years' time I expected to read in a newspaper that one of them had made her mark in Japanese public life. Now I don't even know for sure if they're still alive. It's been very difficult to get information, but Sendai has been less affected than the coastal regions. Conversely, Matsu- shima Bay was right on the coast and bore the brunt of the tsunami. A wonderful three- tiered dragon boat took tourists around the bay. It's rated as the No 3 tourist destination in Japan and Buddhism pervades the whole region. Three red and white striped chimneys just off the outer island of Tamon-Zan reminded me of nuclear towers. Soon after leaving Sendai in 2005, an earth- quake of 7.2 magnitude hit 104km off the coast, fortunately causing little damage. The recent mag- nitude 9 earthquake 128km offshore and fol- lowing tsunami has caused havoc in the coastal areas east of Sendai. Thousands have died. I have scrolled through the lists of the dead and missing, searching for names like those of the 12 young women I taught. Mercifully their names are absent. But they will all be in their early twenties by now, poss- ibly married with differ- ent family names. Thankfully Shirayuri is still standing because of its elevated location in the suburbs. Still I await confir- mation that my students' lives have been spared. Sendai, one day when the dust has settled, I shall return knowing that the spirit of your people will have prevailed. Continuing support for Japan By LYNDAL JEFFERIES Project Chiyo-ni is moving into its next stage as the need for support in Japan continues to grow. The project was launched by artist Kazu Nakagawa on Waiheke last month. Supporters walked in silence from Palm Beach, made donations, purchased umbrellas, and bought t-shirts in pairs -- one for the Waiheke owner and the other for a recipient in Japan. The second stage of the project which involves the printing of sister t-shirts and delivering them to Japan is now under way. Kazu says: The situation in Japan seems to be entering a long-haul hard stage now.'' What I've been hearing about the recovery around the northeast coast in Tohoku is the difficulties people face clearing every liveable mud-filled house. And also the struggle to main- tain basic healthy living standards, build temporary houses, find jobs and stay positive for the children.'' He says it is now more important than ever to offer emotional and financial support for the victims. The sister t-shirts destined for Japan have a new unique design, including the project theme image with an umbrella, area of shade, and a red circle. Kazu says: Our message has also been altered for easier understand- ing.'' Kazu has also been busy finding ways of getting the t-shirts to the dev- astated areas of Japan and has enlisted Japanese friends to hand deliver the t-shirts to Kesennuma city. The Consulate-General of Japan in Auckland and the New Zealand Embassy in Tokyo are also supporting the project. Visit www.chiyoni.co.nz.
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