Darrell was introduced to Yuri through Darrell's performance connection with the well-known traditional Bon Daiko drummer Isaku Kageyama.
YURI KAGEYAMA is a poet, fiction writer, essayist, journalist, filmmaker and songwriter of bilingual and bicultural (Japanese and American) upbringing chats with Darrell Craig Harris on Music Matters. Yuri shares her thoughts on current daily life in Tokyo and shares her keen perspectives on how we all need to be personally responsible if we wish for a collective legacy that offers a positive outcome for our succeeding generations.
Yuri talks about her award winning film - “NEWS FROM FUKUSHIMA” which has garnered great support as it's premiered in film festivals around the world. Yuri recites her moving poem about the plight of fukushima accompanied by Darrell on his bass guitar in a moving online live performance for us.
This film is a a stark example of lessons we must learn from the under-reported catastrophic failure of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant which suffered major damage from the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on March 11, 2011. The chain of events caused radiation releases from Units 1-4 forcing the evacuation of 83,000 residents from towns around the plant. The triple meltdown also caused concerns about contamination of food and water supplies, including the 2011 rice harvest, and also the health effects of radiation on workers at the plant. Scientists estimate that the accident released 18 quadrillion becquerels of caesium-137 into the Pacific Ocean, contaminating 150 square miles of the ocean floor.