I want to apologize for not giving detailed blogs about what we are doing in Tokyo right now! We just get into the hotels so late, and tomorrow I have to be out the door (suit case packed and all by 7am!). Something very amazing is happening tomorrow morning, that I cannot wait to blog about! (Sorry still a surprise!)…
Today we had an interview in the morning, with a Japanese news reporter!
We spent our afternoon seeing some of Tokyo with friends. They took us to a shrine, and we prayed for the oceans, we looked at the beautiful Japanese flowers, and I drew a fortune from a box! This was so cool, I pulled it out (and of course I don’t read Japanese) so I asked our friend to translate it, they all gasped and kept saying “this is the best one, there are only ten in the entire box”! We still have to translate it, but it was for good luck…. good travel, good fortune, and good health are all we translated right there. :)
This evening we went to a lecture at a university, they were discussing the Japanese law, criminal and justice system. Then they spoke civil, family, and small matters system. We have a lot of both interesting information now, and also distressing. The professor was talking about all the cases of people confessing to crimes (as serious as murder) that they did not commit, because of the torture during the 23 day holding period. He said that prosecutors can withhold any or all evidence that backs up the persons innocence, living the innocent person in death row. He gave the names of several people who were killed, for crimes that they did not commit. That this information came out after their death… and this is still allowed to happen!
Tomorrow we leave Tokyo in the afternoon, and I will be writing my several page blog about the days last events on the hours I will be riding the train! So I look forward to finally telling everyone what is going on!
YAY FOR THE DOLPHINS TODAY! WOOHOO!
Far fast and deep,
Elora Malama West