Kizuna is a Japanese word meaning “affectionate and respectful relationships”. Join instructor Yoriko Gillard to connect with Japanese culture through the traditional Japanese mending technique popularly known as “boro” in this hands-on cultural workshop.
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About Yoriko Gillard
Yoriko is an artist, poet, researcher, and teacher. She is a PhD Candidate in Language and Literacy Education at UBC who believes in the importance of narratives in education. She is trying to connect with people in the Kizuna way, which she defines as “respectful, affectionate, and trustful reciprocal relationships”. 絆 (きずな: Kizuna) is a Japanese cultural concept which connotes a strong feeling of belonging to one’s communities, people, lands, and nature. The concept is well known in Japan especially since the Great East Japan Earthquake struck the country in March 11, 2011. Yoriko says, “I am learning to be an educational storyteller using every creative skill I learned since my childhood that allows me to connect with other people especially those in pain…I wish my sincere contemplation in service of society can be a poetic reflection of who I am becoming in each step of my life.”