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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

Nano (USA)

January 2020

This has been a most moving and profound day.

Thank you so much for the work you do and how much you rekindled me to use my art for peace.

Diego & Laury (Spain)

November 2019

WFC was an amazing experience to us.

A totally different way to experience history and to connect with another culture.

It let us discover such a beautiful place like Hiroshima (we will come back someday, for sure) and meeting these amazing people

– so strong and so warm.

To Roger and Kathy, we can only give you our big thanks!

You’re an amazing couple and gave us a really comfortable place to stay, making us feel like home.

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!

Latest News

Tanimoto Peace Foundation Internship Scholarship

2020-03-04

The Tanimoto Peace Foundation, in partnership with the Hiroshima World Friendship Center, is offering an Internship Scholarship to up to three motivated individuals to come to Hiroshima for one month. The purpose of their study is to learn about, research about, participate in and write about one of the four pillars of the Tanimoto Peace Foundation: History, Peace Education, Art and Spirituality. The internship will take place from July 4 – August 1, 2020 in Hiroshima, JAPAN. Qualifications: The TPF Intern should be: 18 years old at the time of arrival in Hiroshima Interested in the history of Hiroshima and the atomic bomb Open-minded and adaptable to new situations Well-organized…

Yu-Ai December issue 2019 — WFC Reflection by Natalie Kuca

2020-01-09

Yu-ai Friendship Newsletter of the World Friendship Center, NPO WFC ReflectionNatalie Kuca(Translated by Mikiko Shimizu) At the end of May, one of the WFC board members, Tachibana-san invited me to visit a social welfare center in the area that had history with zainichi Koreans, which was one of my fields of interests in Japanese studies. Tachibana-san had worked in the day care at the center, and he was able to arrange for the director of the center to give us a tour of the facility and tell us about its history. By the end of the meeting, my interest was piqued and I offered to volunteer at the center once…

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

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…

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1 month ago

World Friendship Center will discontinue classes as of April 19th. All other activities were discontinued earlier. We will resume when it is safe to do so and we will look forward to seeing you all again. ... See MoreSee Less

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Kathy Edmark - do you have plans for online classes? Or even online live hibakusha conversations - online? Peace-loving people outside Hiroshima, outside Japan, will be interested, I'm sure.

1 month ago

I wrote this post five years ago, about the 50th Anniversary of the World Friendship Center:

Today we attended a ceremony celebrating the 50th anniversary of Hiroshima's World Friendship Centre. The ceremony was held in Shukkeien Garden, where thousands of A-bomb survivors fled after the bombing, and it was there they found the first tiny bit of respite -- the river, where they converged, burned, traumatised, and in many cases dying. One Hibakusha (A-bomb survivor) who spoke told of how he had been among those who had gathered by that river, a little beyond the bend where we were. Many who spoke reflected on what it will mean for the people of the future to live in a world that no longer has the guidance and wisdom of those who experienced the horror of nuclear attack first-hand, and they emphasized how important it is that younger people find ways to take what we have learned from the generation that lived through the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, and to carry on the message of the Hibakusha. There were other extraordinary things that I experienced and learned today -- some hopeful, some delightful and even funny, but for now I will leave it at the biggest overall message received. We must find ways to continue to fight for the total eradication of nuclear weapons as though we know first-hand what these weapons are like, so that neither we nor any others will ever have to experience an atomic blast first hand again.
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I was moved to tears tonight when I saw that there are other peace-lovers among us. Thank you, thank you, thank you, for your witness for Peace around the world! We need more World Friendship Centers that herald the cause of Peace like the one in Hiroshima. Here in America, we need a World Friendship Center, too!

'No more Hiroshima, No more Nagasaki,, No more Nuclear Weapons, No more War' Please watch the documentary on theatre troupe Swapnadal’s (Bangladesh) remarkable Japan Theatre-tour 2018 with Hiroshima-Nagasaki tragedy based anti-war theatre production ‘Tringsha Shatabdee’ (Festival/Tokyo 2018) and ‘Helen Keller’ (Bangladesh Embassy, Tokyo). youtu.be/qfoHjpRgv9w

1 month ago

'No more Hiroshima, No more Nagasaki,, No more Nuclear Weapons, No more War'

Please watch the documentary on theatre troupe Swapnadal’s (Bangladesh) remarkable Japan Theatre-tour 2018 with Hiroshima-Nagasaki tragedy based anti-war theatre production ‘Tringsha Shatabdee’ (Festival/Tokyo 2018) and ‘Helen Keller’ (Bangladesh Embassy, Tokyo).

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