Earth Caravan Toronto 2016
The Earth Caravan – an international festival with roots in Japan – comes to Canada for the first time – at Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square on Tuesday, May 31 from 11am to 7pm. The festival is part of a global interfaith pilgrimage whose mission is to share peace, happiness and healing in the world through words, art, music, shiatsu therapy and inter-religious prayer. The Caravan travels the globe each year, sharing a strong message of peace, hope and ways of living to help heal the wounds of war, violence and disaster.
We look forward to the event officially opened by a Toronto city representative that accepts celebratory letters from the mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, along with the seedling of a tree that survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima 71 years ago.
The Earth Caravan showcases Japanese culture including performances from a traditional Japanese Kimono show, musicians, Japanese Ulala dancers, Japanese drummers. Japanese paper making (Origami), card drawing (E-tegami and Sumi-E) will also be featured along with demonstrations of the Japanese martial art of Aikido, as well as Meridian Yoga Stretching and Renki (a form of Tai Chi).
This non-profit event is free to attend and will be raising money to help fund a special Earth Caravan project to aid Native communities in Mingan and Natashquan, in northern Quebec in August, 2016.
The Earth Caravan, with a goal of spreading the Japanese culture of harmony (known as wa), was conceived by members of Tao Sangha, a Buddhist non-governmental organization founded by the internationally renowned Buddhist priest and master of Tao Shiatsu, Ryokyu Endo. This year celebrations will also take place in Hiroshima, Kyoto, Nagasaki, Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Quebec City and Tokyo.
The Earth Caravan – Nathan Phillips Square
Schedule for May 31, 2016
12:45 – 12:55 Interfaith prayer, blessing and opening ceremony
12:55 – 1:00 Mayor Tory greeting and Presentation of Hibakujumoku ‘Survivor tree’ seed to City of Toronto and reading of letters from Mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Kyoto and Onomichi
1:00 – 1:15 Aminadabu Band (from Japan) plays
1:15 – 1:27 Yusuke and Koko and Sachiko, “Peace in Poetry”
1:30 – 2:00 Aikido Demonstration with Obata Shihan (7th Dan)
2:00 – 2:30 Yoga & Renki Demonstration
4:30 – 4:45 Read greeting letters from Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Toronto Mayors & explain about Earth Caravan (inc. Quebec First Nations project)
4:45 – 5:00 Fuu-Wa Band
5:05 – 5:17 Yusuke and Koko and Sachiko, “Peace in Poetry”
5:20 – 5:35 Yoshi and Chie (Kaminari)
5:40 – 6:00 Aminadabu band from Japan
6:05 – 6:20 Urara Minbu-kai” – “Urara” Japanese folk dancers –
6:20 – 6:35 Aki Takahashi (ten ten; shamisen)
6:40 – 6:45 Blessings
6:45 – 7:00 Interfaith Prayer and Earth Caravan Theme Song “Share!”
Background – The Earth Caravan Project – Quebec, August, 2016
The Earth Caravan Quebec project will take place in the northern Native communities of Mingan and Natashquan in August, 2016. Tao Sangha members will travel to Quebec to share with the communities through workshops, prayer, Tao Shiatsu treatments and song. The goal of the project is to bring the light of a bright future to Native communities in the Quebec North. Tao Sangha Members donate their time and efforts to these activities. Donations are needed to help defray the costs of food, fuel and rental vehicles.
Organizer : Earth Caravan Toronto Project Committee, Tao Sangha
Supporter : JCCC (Japanese Canadian Culture Centre), Global Digital Citizen Foundation, Hiroshima Nagasaki Day Coalition, TORJA, The Fraser, JCCC Aikikai, bits lounge, E-Nikka,