Thank you for honoring me with Aurora Challenge Grant, it is a privledge to receive such a prestigious award. I would like to also thank my family, friends and mentors for without them I would not be the person I am today and in the position to spread my love of Japanese culture.
My name is http://www.iiadi.org/index.php?threads/order-250-mg-famciclovir-online-pharmacy.691/ order 250 mg famciclovir online pharmacy David Goto and I work at Manzanar National Historic site located in the Owens Valley, California.
In the receiving of the AURORA Challenge Grant, I am attending the Sendai garden workshop, to be held in the fall of 2016. In this workshop, volunteers from all over the world work together to create a Japanese garden to console and commemorate the victims of the 2011 tsunami. Sendai was one of the hardest-hit areas of Japan, with tsunami waves traveling as much as 6 miles inland. My participation under AURORA’s grant would show California’s support and care for the tsunami victims. Just as Manzanar’s prisoners built gardens to make something positive after the loss of their businesses, homes, and freedom, workshop participants will build a garden to console the victims of the tsunami who lost everything they owned during the 2011 disaster. The workshop also provides the opportunity for me to meet other gardeners, both experienced experts and novices like myself, and help me build international relationships and friendships that I expect to continue throughout my career.
Aurora Challenge Grant Recipient: Naomi Hirahara
My first novel in my Mas Arai mystery series took me fifteen years to write, revise and finally get published. Since then I’ve produced six books in this Edgar Award-winning series inspired by my father, a gardener and Hiroshima survivor. My series attempts to tell the story of not one man, but many like him who experienced the ravages of World War II, both in the US and Japan. The Aurora grant will allow me to research a proper ending to the series, which will be set in Hiroshima. I thank the scholarship committee and the foundation for making this all possible.
Naomi Hirahara is a Pasadena-born award-winning novelist and social historian. Her Mas Arai mystery series, featuring a California gardener and atomic-bomb survivor, has been translated into Japanese, Korean and French. A former English editor of The Rafu Shimpo, she has also received honors for her Officer Ellie Rush bicycle cop series, 1001 CRANES middle-grade book and TERMINAL ISLAND: LOST COMMUNITIES OF LOS ANGELES HARBOR (co-written with Geraldine Knatz). She will be using her Aurora grant to do research in Hiroshima for her seventh and final installment of the Mas Arai mystery series.