A Good Day in Taiji?

Today was a good day for the dolphins in Taiji…

This is what we love to say- whenever we find that the boats have either not left the harbour, or failed in their search to locate and slaughter families of dolphins.

But the thing is, why should we have to be saying this at all?? Yes, it is certainly a blessing when the dolphins succeed in eluding the fleet of cetacean killers… however, celebrating these ‘good’ days in Taiji, just highlights the fact that we all have to endure the ‘bad’ days… the killing days.

And by ‘we’, I don’t just mean us activists here in Taiji… everyone as a whole- no matter who or where you are, has to endure the pain of these killings. This might not be as obvious to people who are unaware of the problem here in Taiji… but the truth is- the unsustainable killing of dolphins- of any animal- impacts the lives of every human being, and other living creature on the planet. Any unnatural balance is going to have a negative effect on its’ surrounding environments- and considering apex predators like toothed cetaceans and sharks… the detrimental effects are both devastating and irreversible!

But, we don’t HAVE to have these ‘good’ and ‘bad’ days at all… if the education and awareness is spread- particularly to the right people, and logical and beneficial solutions are devised- this slaughter can (and will) stop! What needs to occur first and foremost is the international awareness an issue of this magnitude needs for change to occur. The movie ‘The Cove’ has done big things for this issue in creating awareness- but we need to continue the work of activists from the last decade or so, and work more diligently, logically and quickly than ever before toward the solution that will end this.

It will not, by any means, be a ‘quick fix’ solution. It will take time, effort, and a whole lot of logical approaches to the right people… as well as continued documentation, media and pressure on the slaughter. What has been said though, time and time again I’m sure, is that we need to involve the Japanese public and co-operate closely with them in order to solve the problem here.

Having ten ‘Westerners’ here on the ground is one thing- yes, we are documenting, we are putting pressure on the issue, but if there were 50 members of the Japanese public here… no, make that 500, THIS would create a change… This would make the Japanese government, the Japanese fishermen and the townspeople of Taiji stop and think- and hopefully act in a way that will evoke change in Taiji- and the whole of Japan for that matter… change that will ensure that no more innocent blood will pour into the seas surrounding this beautiful country- ever again.

The path is there- and we are on our way down this path, to work with people from Japan, whilst still documenting and monitoring the Cove every morning… in the hope that we can get closer to the end during this campaign in Taiji than anyone has before.

This afternoon I went to a kids’ playground in a town very close to Taiji, and met some of the local children and teenagers of the area… Instantly after seeing me, and hearing my greeting in poor Japanese- they were very intrigued, and all rushed up to meet me… The big group of kids were between around 8 and 15 years of age, all very polite- but just like any bunch of school kids… I spoke very disjointed Japanese with them, and discovered that one of the youngest could speak a little English… they were very interested to know all about me, and asked lots of questions- the language barrier did not seem to be a problem, and they said they would teach me better Japanese! Haha.. So I have decided that I would love to learn more about these kids that live nearby Taiji- and most likely within Taiji also… I feel getting to know the locals is a great way to learn more about their culture- which is of very high importance if we are to work with everyone here to create change! I am going to go back to that playground- hopefully every afternoon, and spend time with these kids, get to know them, and try and understand the youth of Japan a little further… They challenged me to a game of soccer tomorrow at 4pm when they finish school!

I believe I can use my age- still being a teenager myself- to my advantage here, and to try and reach out to the Japanese youth, who will inevitably be the voice of their country in years to come. And who knows, in a few weeks maybe I can convince them all to visit me at the Cove one morning! I think people would start to pay attention if they saw 50 Japanese school children at the Cove, voicing their opinion on this brutality…

I will keep you updated!

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Thankyou all, once again, for your continued support and kindness.
On the path to protect,
Nicole.

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4 comments

  1. Wonderful blog, Nicole! I totally agree-the children are the key to change, and involving and educating them is the best idea. Hopefully, all of the dolphins will live and swim safely in the waters around Taiji.

  2. Brilliant! Make friends with the kids, kids have open eyes, open minds and open hearts 🙂
    Gambatte! Good luck!! And arigatoo/ thank you for being here in Japan.

  3. An honorable thing you are doing to be there in the thick negativity of the Cove, doing your part to help these tragically hunted creatures. Keep your chin up and keep strong; your following is worldwide. We are watching, we are supporting. Keep doing what you do for the dolphins and the overall health of our beautiful oceans.

    From Montreal,

    J

  4. What a great thing that you got to talk to the kids.
    Those might be the future *fishermen*. So important to educate them in time!
    Way to go!
    Keep up the good work,
    Anita

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