The countdown to Taiji has begun. Wednesday night we had The Cove playing at movie night at The Tarpon Ice House. Everyone who watched the movie was clearly moved and the outpouring of support I am receiving from my small town has been amazing. Everyone here, from my banker to the grocery clerks seem to know about my upcoming trip. I have encouraged everyone who has not yet seen the movie to do so, and a lot have. Hooray! One person at a time. Picked up my Yen today and am getting my old suitcase out and dusting them off. Am thinking I am bringing one suitcase just filled with nuts and oatmeal and some dried fruits, what will the customs officers think? We don’t have food in Japan?
I’d like to thank Paul Fain, the owner of the Tarpon Ice House and Ronnie Narmour, writer for the Island Moon for helping me spread the word about this horrible atocity. Like Ric O’barry stated in the movie, if we can’t change this one thing, then there really is no hope.
I laid in bed last night, unable to sleep, thinking about what these fisherman feel about their chosen profession. Is there a sense of pride that comes from the kill that I just can’t understand. Do their children go to school and proclaim proudly that their dad’s kill dolphins for a living? As a westerner I can say, yeah I really don’t get it. I just hope it will end in my lifetime.
So I got my first article written for the Island Moon. It will be coming out on the 12th of this month. I will have two more articles to write once I am on the ground. For those of you on the island, please look for it in “The Island Moon”. I will post the contents of my article once the newspaper is out for those of you who want to read it online.