Conveying The Spirit of Hiroshima:
Students from American Universities Visit Hiroshima on Study Tour

With the aim of conveying the experience of A-bomb to future generations, this Foundation is working to establish and promote the Hiroshima-Nagasaki Peace Study Course at universities around the world.
  As part of this project, 11 students and staff from the University of Indianapolis in the United States and 14 students and staff from Central Connecticut State University, also in the United States, visited Hiroshima in May and June 2010, respectively, as a part of their study tour. With this Foundation's support, they learned about the reality of the atomic bombing, and deepened their understanding of ‘The Spirit of Hiroshima’, aiming for the abolition of nuclear weapons and perpetual world peace.
University of Indianapolis


Group from Universuty of Indianapolis with Mr. Matsushima (front row center)
This group participated in their first study tour in Hiroshima from May 11 (Tue) to 13 (Thu).
  On May 11, they toured the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, Peace Memorial Park, and visited the display of paper cranes at the former Hiroshima Municipal Baseball Stadium.
  On the morning of May 12, after listening to the A-bomb testimony of Mr. Keijiro Matsushima (hibakusha), they watched ‘The Mushroom Club’, a documentary film of A-bomb survivors. In the afternoon, the group was divided into two groups: one visited Hiroshima Castle and the Ruins of the Chugoku Regional Military Headquarters Air Defence Room and the Shukkeien (Japanese garden), and the other
group visited the Radiation Effects Research Foundation. In the evening, the group met up with university students from Hiroshima.
  On May 13, the participants listened to a recital of A-bomb poetry and recited their own poems, after which they made a tour of the Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for Atomic Bomb Victims.
Central Connecticut State University
This group took their study tour in Hiroshima from June 3 (Thu) to 5 (Sat).
  On June 3, after listening to the atomic bombing testimony of Mr. Keijiro Matsushima, the group visited the Hiroshima Memorial Peace Museum and Peace Memorial Park. After this they listened to a recital of A-bomb poetry and took a tour of the Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for Atomic Bomb Victims.
  On the morning of June 4, the group visited the Hiroshima Peace Institute and listened to a lecture by Professor Toshiyuki Tanaka. In the afternoon they visited Hiroshima Municipal Funairi High School, the old school of Professor Shizuko
 
Group from Central Connecticut State University (visiting Peace Memorial Park)
Tomoda of their University, who was accompanying them on the trip. After a tour of the school, the group listened to Professor Tomoda's speech in a class, as part of the International Communication Course. Then, they divided into groups with the students from the Course and held discussions. After school they also participated in a discussion session with students from the theatre club.
  On the morning of June 5, the group made visits, the main locations being the former Bank of Japan Hiroshima Branch, Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum and the display of paper cranes at the former Hiroshima Municipal Baseball Stadium. In the afternoon, after listening to the A-bomb testimony of Ms. Sadae Kasaoka, the group held discussions with students from universities, including Hiroshima City University and Hiroshima University of Economics, as well as exchange students from Germany and Kazakhstan. The theme was how to perceive, memorize and convey the A-bombing of Hiroshima in the context of the Fifteen Years War. The young students enjoyed speaking with other people of the same age, and all participated in very fruitful discussion.

(Peace and International Solidarity Promotion Division)

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