March 11, 2014 is the third anniversary of the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan. A memorial Peace Walk led by Reverend Sawada Gyosen, a Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist monk, will be taking place in the days leading up to the anniversary, through Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties.
The Peace Walk will begin at the Santa Barbara Courthouse on March 4 (Tuesday) and will continue until March 10 (Monday.) (see posts below for detailed schedule.) You are welcome to join the Walk, for any portion and for any length – a few steps or much longer – as well as the Prayer Vigil taking place between 8am and 4pm at the gates to Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant. Please feel free to bring your own signs and banners but remember that you must be responsible for your own transportation, food, lodging, and most importantly, safety.
Prior to the Walk, Reverend Sawada will be participating in the Fukushima Commemorative Event co-hosted by the World Business Academy and the United Nations Association-USA/Santa Barbara & Tri-Counties Chapter. It will be held on March 3 (Monday) from 5:30pm at the University Club of Santa Barbara, 1332 Santa Barbara St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101. It is free and open to the public.
The Walk will begin at the Santa Barbara Courthouse on March 4 (Tuesday.) Reverend Sawada and supporters will be gathering at 8am. People of all faiths are welcome to come and offer prayers and blessings before the Walk.
Planned route for March 4: Santa Barbara Courthouse -> State St. -> Calle Real -> N Turnpike Rd. -> Cathedral Oaks Rd. -> N. San Marcos Rd. -> San Marcos Pass Rd. (Highway 154)