Guillaume Erard interviewed on Taiwanese TV
I had been contacted a while ago by a Taiwanese team of journalists who desired to shoot a documentary on Japan’s road to recovery since the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the Tohoku region on March 11, 2011. They were planing to broadcast it to celebrate the first year since the disaster. During their research, they had come across the article I had written while I was in Osaka a few days after the earthquake hit, at a time many of us were waiting to see how the situation would turn out, and what we should do in the foreseeable future.
The journalist confessed having been touched by my open letter to my family and friends and she wanted me to explain the situation on camera. She also noticed that I had an interest in Aikido and asked if we could shoot the segment at the Dojo. At the time, I was not as familiar with the Hombu Dojo as I am now, and given the short notice, there was little chance that we would be allowed to shoot there. But all things considered, I thought that the Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu seminar that was to take place a few days after would be a far better setting to do this. Indeed, the closer relationship I have with Kobayashi Kiyohiro Sensei, and the presence of my friends and sempai Olivier Gaurin and D.j. Lortie felt more appropriate. We therefore decided to meet at the Kanda Sport Center on Sunday morning and, with the permission of Kobayashi Sensei, tey started shooting and interviewing us. Below is the segment as it was aired on Taiwanese TV. D.j. Lortie and I also did a little demonstration of Aikido that ended up being edited bout but the journalists kindly provided me with the full video and the demonstration is available here.