Far from Their Homeland, But Not in Heart
On this episode, we meet two Ukrainians supporting their compatriots in Japan, from before and after Russia began to invade their homeland. The archpriest of Japan's first Ukrainian Orthodox Mission, Paul Koroluk, and Oksana Piskunova, a teacher for a Ukrainian study program, talk about their lives and how the current events are affecting them and their Ukrainian community in Japan. We also visit Kochi Prefecture, where Dutch-born Rogier Uitenboogaart makes traditional Japanese paper.
Paul blesses the house where Ukrainian refugees are staying in Japan
Oksana teaches her fellow Ukrainians in Japan about their home country's culture
Oksana asks for support for her homeland at a demonstration by Ukrainians in Japan
Rogier shows us some "kozo," the main ingredient in making Japanese paper, or "washi"