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Duet with Kyoko Hayashi | Eiko + Koma
Duet with Kyoko Hayashi

Duet with Kyoko Hayashi

Eiko first met Kyoko Hayashi while she was researching atomic bomb literature for her MA Thesis. Later Eiko decided the focus of her thesis was Hayashi's work and translated From Trinity to Trinity. This creative travelogue recounts the pilgrimage of Japanese atomic-bomb survivor Kyoko Hayashi to the Trinity Site in northern New Mexico, where the world's first atomic bomb test was conducted. Her journey takes her into unfamiliar terrain, both past and present, as she not only confronts American attitudes, disconcertingly detached from the suffering of nuclear destruction, but discovers as well a profound kinship with desert plants and animals, the bomb's first victims.

Having since become close friends, Eiko offers in her essays further insight into Hayashi's life and work, illuminating how her identity as outsider helped shape her vision. Together, author and translator present one woman's transformation from victim to witness, a portrait of endurance as a power of being against all odds.

Hayashi died in February 2017. Eiko dedicated her first Fukushima memorial to Hayashi with her speech directly addressing the dear friend now dead. When Eiko was invited to perform in 2018 Hiroshima/Nagasaki memorial at New York Buddhist Church, Eiko again quoted Hayashi as a major inspiration.

EIko's dedication speech to Kyoko Hayashi
Hiroshima/Nagasaki memorial speechi

From Trinity to Trinity is available on Amazon

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