Aug 28, 2007

Popoki available in the US

Thanks to a very satisfied customer, Popoki, What Color is Peace? Popoki's Peace Book 1 can be ordered from Kinokuniya Bookstore in Los Angeles. The bookstore is at and the telephone number is 213.687.4480. The price is US$20.00 plus tax.

Jul 18, 2007

A comment from a Cambodian Reader

Here is a comment from SOK Say, a graduate of Kobe University Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies. He has returned to Cambodia and is teaching there.

Many thanks for "Popoki, What Color is Peace?" I adore reading it.
I went through the whole book, and thought it would be nice if I were still a student there so that I could write a lot of reflection papers on it. I like all the embedded themes and morals. I think the moral on page eight is one of the most vital recipes for peace. We can have a long lasting peace only when we have friends of different colors, learn to live with people of different colors, learn to agree to disagree with people of different colors, learn to understand people of different colors, and so forth.
For one more thing, of course, art and music are two main catalysts for peace. Through them, I believe we can learn to interact with and understand people of different colors, among many others.
Peace starts from an individual; and I strongly believe it starts with the peace in mind of each individual.
I really appreciate your Popoki Peace Project, and no doubt it will provide more and more individuals with insights and light to find and build peace and a peaceful society. May the project be a great success. And may lovely Popoki be in everyone's heart to guide human beings to peace.
And you are right. This book is intended for children. But if we know how to manipulate it, it is also appropriate for (under)graduate levels. I will use it with my students one way or another

SOK Say, Senior Lecturer (Language Education)
English Department of the Institute of Foreign Languages,

Royal University of Phnom Penh

Jul 6, 2007

A comment from a young reader (Grade 8, USA)

"Popoki made me smile because he reminds me of my cats. I think I am most
at peace when I love and feel loved like when I am with my cat Maxwell.
Sometimes when the things we love die like my cat Paws it is hard to
remember to be at peace and it is only with new love like Maxwell that we
remember. Thank you for the lovely book."

May 22, 2007

Teaching Popoki

May, 2007

Student: Stephen Palenik
Grade 9, Mac Donald High School
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

We were very excited when Po's book arrived and started our session by reading it and discussing its questions. We arrived at page 39, and found the question, "Are music and art necessary for peace?"

Stephen's answer to that question was so wonderful that Iwant to share it with all of you.
He said,"Peace IS an ART!"

Greta Cramer
Educational Therapist

May 5, 2007

A Message from Archbishop Desmond Tutu!

Last week, when Prof. Gloria Rudolph was here in Kobe, I gave her a copy of Popoki, What Color is Peace? to pass on to Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Today, I came home to find an e-mail from Archbishop Tutu in my in-box. Of course I was very excited and happy that he had received my gift and was responding. Popoki is making many new friends, and we are delighted that Archbishop Tutu is among them!

Here is what he wrote:

Dear friend,
Thank you so very much for the delightful Popoki story. I like it. Well done.
God bless you,
+Desmond Tutu

Thank you!!!

Apr 29, 2007

Popoki, What Color is Peace? Popoki's Peace Book 1 arrives!

Popoki, What Color is Peace? Popoki's Peace Book 1 is now scheduled for release on 15 May, but I received a number of copies early. It really looks wonderful. Thank you to everyone who has been involved for all your hard work and support.

Many wonderful things have happened. Today, 45 members of the Kobe Eiko Church bought copies, as did the taxi driver who took me there! In the evening, I spoke briefly with someone waiting in line for dinner at a restaurant where I had been eating with friends. His name is Mitsuru Tanaka, and he wanted a copy, too. I hope Popoki brings happiness and peace to everyone. I certainly want to remember all of these brief encounters.

The University-at-Sea ship is docked at Kobe right now. Last night, I had the pleasure of having dinner with Prof. Gloria Rudolph, an anthropologist who is teaching on the ship. She told us of her adventures, and brought back a couple of copies of Popoki. One is gift from me to Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a special guest on the ship. Hopefully Archbishop Tutu will enjoy meeting Popoki and will share his reflections and comments with us.

Apr 23, 2007

Popoki, What Color is Peace? to be released 3 May

Popoki, What Color is Peace? Popoki's Peace Book is being bound and will be available at bookstores beginning May 3! This is indeed exciting news. I will post more information soon about how to get a copy. Information is also available from

Here's a photo of the cover:

Mar 20, 2007


Anzai Ikuro
Director, The Kyoto Museum for World Peace, Ritsumeikan University
The good thing about Popoki is that he isn’t larger than life.
Tetzuka Osamu’s Tetsuwan Atom (Mighty Atom) is a super boy. Well actually, all the characters in Japanese animations are larger than life. No problem is too hard for them to solve. I always ask worry what will happen to them if they continue this way. There is a hand-written poster opposing the Vietnam War made by Tezuka Osamu in the Ritsumeikan International Museum for Peace. A Vietnamese child is sitting next to a miserable hovel and pointing a finger toward Japan. The Japanese hero characters popular at the time were all shown, as if to say “If there are so many heroes, why don’t you send one here to Vietnam?” In fact, the Vietnamese didn’t need those heroes. They solved their problems by themselves.
Popoki is just himself. He is sensitive and curious. He sees things just as they are, feels what he feels and reacts naturally. He is about as far away as you can get from the desire for fame and political ambition that is poisoning human society.
“Popoki’s World Debut!” Go for it, Popoki. Go for it!

Publication is set!

Publication is set! Popoki’s Peace Book is going to press!

On 1 February, I signed a contract with a publisher called Epic to release Popoki’s book. The title will be What Color is Peace? ~ Popoki’s Peace Book 1. It should be out in April and those of you who have participated in Popoki’s Peace Project should have your copy by early May. Many, many thanks to all who have helped! I want to give special thanks to the Kobe YMCA for their support from the very beginning of Popoki’s journey.

  • Size: A5 landscape

  • All color, 48 pages 

  • English/Japanese language 

  • 1500 yen (tax included)

  • Publisher: Epic

  • Publication date: April 2007

    I think it is going to be a very nice book!