the Spitit of Art Therapy 1



The eve of encountering Art Therapy (1)



 The 1970 is remembered as a year of major milestones in Japanese 

 history, with several major events.



 That year was the year when the US-Japan Security Treaty signed in

 1960 was renewed. At that time, the student movement was raging at

 universities all over the country, and demonstrations of "anti-Security

 Treaty" were repeated every day.



 The summer of that year was also the year when humans walking on

 the road were featured in the front page of newspapers with




 ----It was a pedestrian paradise. Today, it's a world we're familiar with.




 In April of that year, I enrolled in the Department of Russian Language,

 Faculty of Foreign Languages, Sophia University.



 On the campus, there were many large signboards standing on the

 campus, and on the main street, it was a daily scene that students 

 wearing a helmet gave an agitative speech with microphone.




 Eventually, I also involved in various movements outside of class.



 Student movement that started against the increase in tuition fees

  on campus. 

  It's a personal impression, but while I was doing student activism,

  protests and opposition movements were the main, I do not  remem-

  ber shared the vision for our movement such as what should the ideal 

  society be like?

  I have few memory of discussing it.


 ・Open voluntary course in Sophia University was held in response

 to the open voluntary course led by Jun Ui of the University of Tokyo.

 (Mr. Hiroshi Orihara of the University of Tokyo was the next, and Mr.

 Atsutaka Gunji who was warning the food pollution followed, etc. )

 However, the course was discontinued after 3 times, due to lack of

 funds and staff)


 ・Kunitachi City Pedestrian Bridge Opposition Movement.

 It was noticed as the first resident movement in Japan.

 We had a meeting once a week at the home of Mrs. Suzu Inoue who              was the city council member.

 Not only the citizens but also an expert of urban engineering of the

 university and the staff of the Japan Highway Public Corporation. I

 learned a lot by listening to the discussions of the experts, even though

 I was young and indigestible.


 ・Movement against nuclear power plant at Maki, in Niigata

  Around 1973, seven young people initially gathered and were

active in the Kakumihama one tsubo (180×180㎠movement at

the planned site.

All of them were from the town of Maki, but I was  the only one who              was not from Maki. 

There I was involved for about two years in the movement.


One of the activities was visiting the Onagawa Nuclear Power Plant

under the construction in Miyagi Prefecture.

We took villas to houses in the village on the peninsula.

I was spinning around.


It was an era when no one knew even the word 'nuclear power'.


Later, I heard  a referendum was held asking the propriety of the 

nuclear power plant in Maki. The result was the number of opposition   was large and it was eventually canceled through the vote. It was the     first episode in the history of nuclear power plants in Japan.



 Well, I wonder if I was doing such a lot of commitments.



 In the fall of the second grade, discussions were held in a gathering of

 struggle committee.


 About 10 students were gathered in one of the club rooms.

 At that seat, I declared that I would leave the group.


 For what I saw through the movement was a division of labor in which

 someone issued a command, some of the above people negotiated with

 the university (called boss exchange), made a signboard, wrote the text

 of the villa, printed it, and distributed it. It is a vertical relationship

 by, and a miniature version of the human relationship of the system

 side that we should be opposed to was developed in our movement.



 "Seki. Can you see my eyes straigh !!?"


 "Oh, sure! Can you see my eyes straight, too !!?"


  Without blinking for about 20 minutes, the glaring continued.


 This was the scene of the breakup with them.



  I later heard that about three women who were participating the

  meeting also left the group.