Japanese film screening about Japan’s war experiences, “Nostalgic for Homeland” Aug. 25 at 2:00PM at Higashi Honganji Temple in Little Tokyo

Film “Bokyo no Kane  (The Bell Tolls Longing Home) – Nostalgic for Home
Tragic story of Japanese immigration to Manchuria in China during WWII
Directed by Hisako Yamada
2015
English Subtitle

http://www.gendaipro.jp/bokyo_new/index_top.html

Ticket: $15
For tickets: mh.gendaipuro@gmail.com  (310) 378-3550 Mikko Henson

August 25 (Sunday) 2:00pm, doors open 1:30pm
Higashi Honganji Los Angeles Buddhist Temple

505 E Third Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013
For information, call Susan at (213) 626-4200

August 30 (Friday) 7:00pm, door open 6:30pm
New Gardena Hotel
1641 W Redondo Beach Blvd, Gardena, CA 90247
For information, call Henson at (310) 378-3550

September 7 (Saturday) 2:00pm, door open 1:30pm
Newport Beach Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple
254 Victoria Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
For information, call Nagayama at (949) 722-1202

This is little known tragic war history in Japan and China during and after WWII.

The movie tells the story of how over 200 people from a town in Nagano prefecture were asked by the Japanese government to go to join others in Manchuria.  It was later learned that the government knew that the they would lose the war in a few months.  The Soviet invasion started soon afterwards.

The main character, Rev. Jisho Yamamoto, who was sent as a teacher to the children, was imprisoned in a Soviet prison.  He had hoped that his wife and two daughters along with the rest of the people would be able to make their way back to Japan.

Eventually, upon his return to Japan, he found out that his wife and one daughter had died.  He found out that only 13 of them were able to return.  He spent much of the rest of his life, pleading with the government to rescue the children who were his students.  Many of them were given to Chinese families so that they could survive.    Over many decades, he was able to locate nearly 300 Japanese orphans in China.  He became known as “the father of Japanese orphans left in China.”

The movie is a testament to the undying work of one Buddhist priest, Rev. Jisho Yamamoto, who devoted his entire life to save those orphaned children, and advocate for a world where there be no more wars in the future.

“Bokyo no Kane” was directed by Hisako Yamada, 85 years old. The film was made to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII.

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