On Friday, March 1, author Leza Lowitz, conducted a lecture and poetry writing workshop for the 中2F International Class. She used her book, “Up From the Sea” as a base for the workshop. This book tells the story of a young boy who loses his family in the tsunami following the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake of 2011. Lowitz, who lives in Tokyo, interviewed many people in the Tohoku region when she went to volunteer there after the earthquake. The words of a young orphaned boy, “Don’t forget us” prompted her to write the book. The students, who were still in kindergarten at the time of the earthquake, were very moved by her presentation. They also created many lovely poems after her lecture. Here are some comments from the lecture.
（このワークショップは、Lowitzさんの著書「Up From the Sea」を題材にしています。この本は東日本大震災の津波被害により、家族を失った若い少年のお話です。Lowitzさんは東京に住んでいますが、震災後にボランティア活動をした際、東北地方で多くの人たちに聞き取りを行い、家族を失った少年の「自分たちの事を忘れないでほしい」という言葉によって、彼女はこの本を書いたそうです。震災当時6歳だった中２の生徒達は、彼女の講義とワークショップにとても心を動かされたようです。講義の後、生徒達はたくさんの素晴らしい英語の詩を作りました。）
・It was a very interesting workshop. I didn’t know any book which tells about 3.11 in English and I was happy that 3.11 will be known to a lot of people in the world. I want to read her book about 3.11. Thanks to this workshop I thought I want to read more poems in English with many poets.
・Leza was a really nice person and I want to be able to help people out like her. I also got to know what poets think when they write poems and I decided I want to write poems on my own sometimes using what Leza taught us.
・I thought the workshop was very fascinating and it made me love poetry even more. Also, I got to learn a lot of things about Leza Lowitz. It was also nice that we got to create our own poem.
・Her talking was so interesting and I was moved. Especially I was moved by a story about a boy who said to her, “Don’t forget us” after the earthquake. I was surprised that she really wrote a poetry book in order not to forget them. I thought I wanted to be like her.
・I was very impressed by the story which Mrs. Leza Lowitz told us. I’m Japanese but I didn’t do anything for Tohoku people. Leza Lowitz is American but she helped Tohoku people and she wrote some books about it. I thought I have to do something for Tohoku people.