Between 11 and 20 September, an important act of remembrance and reconciliation between Japan and Korea will take place. Citizens' groups in Japan and Korea (including members of the Korean ethnic community and indigenous Ainu community in Japan) will join in events which form part of a 3500 kilometre journey from Hokkaido in Northern Japan to Seoul in Korea, to return the remains of 115 Korean forced labourers who died in Japan during the war.
The journey retraces the route taken by tens of thousands of Korean labourers brought to Hokkaido to work in mines and on construction sites during the war, but in the opposite direction - 70 years on, the remains of those who died far away from family and friends are going home.
Ceremonies of remembrance will be held at temples along the way. The event is the culmination of decades of work by grassroots citizens groups in Japan and Korea who repair the wounds of colonialism and war. The journey is coordinated by the NPO “East Asia Citizens’ Network” and others (http://2015houkan.jimdo.com/).
Here in Canberra, we will be marking the homecoming journey with an event on 17 September, the day when the return journey of the forced labourers will reach Shimonoseki and embark on the ferry crossing to Korea.
How to Get There from ANU:
1) Take Action bus (No.3) from Garran Rd opposite University House
2) Get off at King Edward Tce, National Library
3) Walk about 3 minutes towards Canberra Peace Memorial near National Library
Please join us (with BYO lunch) at 12 noon on 17 at the Peace Memorial between the National Library and the Lake (see map below). We will begin with a gathering at the memorial, and from there walk across Commonwealth Bridge to the Australian National University for a film showing.
Drinks and light refreshments will be available during the film showing, thanks to the support of ANU's Korea Institute and Japan Institute. If you will be attending this part of our event, we would be grateful if you could email Hanbyol Lee by 14 September.