International Performance Art Festival
24 Feb. 2011

ARAI Shin-ichi (Japan)
"Happy Japan!"

Almost 7 years ago Japanese diet decided what are Japanese flag and Japanese anthem in the law. Before there was no law for Japanese flag and the national anthem. Now in some school ceremonies like graduation, People should show Japanese flag and sing the national anthem. And sometimes teachers and students who do not like to respect the flag and sing the national anthem in the ceremony are punished by the director because of the law now.
Before there was some agreement among people with
Japanese flag was symbol of militarism and the anthem celebrate the Emperor in spite of them not agreeing.

As a member of Japan Overseas Cooperate Volunteers I lived Zanzibar, Tanzania from '92 to '94 and I taught wood block printing to Zanzibar young artists at the art school of Nyumba ya Sanaa, Zanzibar.
Before I went to Tanzania , All members of Japan Overseas Cooperate Volunteers had to meet the Emperor who is the hornoly president of the organization. When I said to the organization that I wanted to not meet him the day before the meeting, They said to me that It was OK,but your mission would be canceled not because of the law.
In Tanzania we got 200USD per month for meals, books and petrols for motor bike. Those days Tanzanian people got 30USD from their jobs as usual.
In Tanzania I had a lot of girl friend who loved my money.

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