Red Kimono in the window @ Conway Hall

March 4th – May 31st 2016

The second exhibition of Red Kimono at Conway Hall in Holborn, London WC1, marks the 5th anniversary of the catastrophic accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Eight of the thirty portraits, and a poster bearing explanatory text, are on display in the window which looks onto Theobalds Road , a busy road in central London.

Booklets containing stories, letters and statements by evacuees from Fukushima are available in the entrance area on Red Lion Square, for visitors to take, free of charge.

The eight portraits on display:





Xi Zhang




The explanatory text poster:



Japan Diary 2016, Fukushima+5 Part 3. People are Sick Now


Fukushima Units 3 and 4, April 2011 Fukushima Units 3 (right) and 4 (left), April 2011

Friends, I am sorry, but I am not sharing any faces or names. I want to protect these women. Nonetheless I can tell you they are more beautiful than any temple…

Radioactivity and the radiation it produces is invisible. I am here in Japan, and after leaving Fukushima Prefecture have begun our speaking tour. Steve Leeper has called on his networks via YMCA and consumer coops to host events, and his ally, Mori-Jushoku has reached out to his Buddhist communities. We have a brisk schedule with one to three events a day spanning five Prefectures. Arnie Gundersen ( is also touring. Some legs we are together, others we diverge.

People who have fled Fukushima turn up at our events…and side-gatherings are organized for me to meet with mothers and grandmothers who have moved out of contaminated areas. These meetings…

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Japan Diary 2016: Fukushima Daiichi+5


fukushimawatertanks Fukushima today, with hundreds of tanks holding radioactive water. Asahi Shimbun file photo.

As the fifth anniversary of the onset of the continuing Fukushima nuclear disaster approaches, Mary Olson, director of NIRS Southeast office in Asheville, NC and Arnie Gundersen of Fairewinds Associates are on a five-week speaking/listening tour of Japan. We will be posting Olson’s “tour diary” beginning today and continuing with new posts through March 11, the day the disaster began.

I have been to speak at the global Humanitarian Impacts of Nuclear Weapons in Vienna (December 2014) and the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Review at the United Nations in 2015. Now, finally I am here in Japan for a five-week speaking tour during February and March 2016. Arnie Gundersen of Fairewinds Associates is here too.

In 2011, in the week that this nuclear disaster began, I became consumed by a question that women (3 or 4 of them…

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RK booklet @World Nuclear Victims Forum

Feeling very honoured that an abridged version of the Red Kimono booklet was presented at the World Nuclear Victims Forum in Hiroshima, November 21 – 23, 2015.

This version of the booklet, printed in Japan by Yoko Chase, contains letters, a speech and memoirs by some inspiringly brave mothers who evacuated from Fukushima with their children. Yoko translated most of these texts into English and teaches these mothers English, pro bono.

Yoko and Akiko Morimatsu, author of one of the memoirs, letters and speech and now one of the most active leaders of the antinuclear movement in Japan:


the cover of the abridged version of the booklet