I met Ikuko san the first time was on movie called #TargetedVillage (Youtube).
As she works at her family's small factory. Her & family are making a traditional altar for ancestors.
However, she gave up to work on it because it requiered a plenty of time & have to finish at once.
Since construction started forcibly, she lost her relaxed time at her village.
It has been ten years almost.
On 2014 I & her went to East cost of U.S.A to join a peace walk toward the Washington D.C.
She was very humble but told strongly of the U.S. military problem in Okinawa at every
I see her at the Takae often.
Recntly, she was looks like very tired and disappointted, I was understanding that it's a due to the crack down by the police force to the people.
Police used to be taking a neutral position between construction people and opposition people.
Since Shinzo Abe became a prime minister, the police started useing their power to help U.S. military base construction.
Today I was with her at a gate, and she seems stronger than before. I saw, she was carried
away by 4 police men from blocking the trucks.
When we watch everyday numbers of trucks go into the gate, sometimes feeling like a give up or disappointment.
Today, when I saw Ikuko san's effort, I received invisible power to continue my struggle.
Later, I asked her that
I took your picture today because your act inspired me especially today.
And again I asked why you looks very strong today
And she answerd me that yeserday I went to the court and on the way back home, all of us felt the helpless situation...
I wanted get out from this emotional situation, so I expressed that.