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"To foster peace, one friend at a time."

World Friendship Center was founded by Barbara Reynolds on August 7th, 1965
(20 years after the Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima)
to provide a place where people from many nations can meet,
share their experiences and reflect on peace.

World Friendship Center has continued Barbara's vision of serving the Hiroshima community
and visitors to the city in a variety of ways.

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History &
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Activities held
at WFC

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Programs
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A-Bomb Survivors'
Experiences

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WFC's Newsletter
Yu-Ai

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Map to
WFC

Jessica (USA)

April 2018

Staying here definitely adds to the experience of visiting Hiroshima.

Dannie and Barb were a wealth of knowledge and eager to share and give you as much (or as little) additional information as you want. What an honor to have the opportunity to hear a hibakusha tell his story! Only regret is that I couldn’t spend more time.

So glad to support the mission of this place by staying! Thank you again!

Michaela & Felix (Czech Republic & Germany)

April 2018

Cannot express sufficiently how much this meant for us. We’ll try to spread the message and hope that many will follow. Thanks for the intense experience.  

Bethany (UK)

April 2018

We felt so welcomed and comfortable at the WFC.
An interesting and thought provoking stay, a unique chance to learn more about Japan’s past and hear personal stories.
Thank you for this wonderful experience.

Amilie (Germany)

March 2018

Thank you for our lovely stay here in WFC!
We were very moved and touched by the hibakusha story as well as the wonderful Peace Park tour.
Thank you for making such experiences possible!

Susan & Len (USA)

November 2017

What a great way to learn the lessons of Hiroshima – by connecting with bomb survivors and people committed to nuclear disarmament. Plus, the hospitality was great and the accommodations comfortable. I would love to come back! Thank you, Barb & Dannie!

Latest News

Yu-Ai December issue 2019 — Experiencing Hiroshima through the World Friendship Center

2019-12-04

Yu-ai Friendship Newsletter of the World Friendship Center, NPO Experiencing Hiroshima through the World Friendship CenterYovana Milosevic(Translated by Sumiko Kanetsuna) Briefly living in Hiroshima, Japan and staying at the World Friendship Center is easily the biggest blessing in my life.  I encountered an entirely different culture by living in it for a month and a half, and there were surprises waiting for me at every corner.  I was able to participate in daily discussions involving peace, compassion, kindness, and debates on current world issues.  I attended numerous lectures on not only Hiroshima’s history specifically, but also about how it has been represented in the media over time, what the current…

Yu-Ai November issue 2019 — Observation tour to Tottori Yonago Solar Park and Pumped-Storage Hydroelectric Power Station

2019-12-04

Yu-ai Friendship Newsletter of the World Friendship Center, NPO WFC Peace Seminar Activity ReportObservation tour to Tottori Yonago Solar Park and Pumped-Storage Hydroelectric Power Station  by Asaka Watanabe  (Translated by Mikiko Shimizu) Six members of the WFC Peace Seminar including the lecturer, Syoji Kihara, went on a trip October 22nd and 23rd. It was a tour to learn from a variety of places, such as – the circumstances of the Shimane nuclear power plant an observation tour of the Matanogawa Pumped-Storage Hydroelectric Station between Tottori and Okayama Tottori Nature and Environment Center which is a base of Tottori Soft Bank Tottori Yonago Solar Park Yonago Waterfowls Park, among others. We…

Yu-Ai October issue 2019 — One Friend at a Time by Barbara Shenk

2019-10-25

Yu-ai Friendship Newsletter of the World Friendship Center, NPO One Friend at a TimeBarbara Shenk In August, 2017, Hiroshima became our home, to a much greater degree than we could have imagined.  Many wonderful people involved in the World Friendship Center and beyond quickly befriended us.  The more we learned of Barbara Reynolds and the mission of WFC, the more it became our mission.  Sharing this mission with the 800 or so guests we hosted, over 1600 or so breakfasts we served, confirmed to us that peace is fostered “one friend at a time.” As we walked and bicycled in and around the beautiful city, we discovered almost magical places…

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