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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'
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WFC's Newsletter
Yu-Ai

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Latest News

Friendship Afternoon — September

2017-09-16

Date: Sept 30, 2017

Time: 1:30-3:30PM

Participation Fee: 500yen

Place: WFC

Dannie Otto and Barbara Shenk are the new directors at the WFC. They will talk about their life stories at Friendship Afternoon.

Dannie grew up in an Amish community in Illinois and later taught philosophy at Eastern Illinois University. Barbara (Barb), who has fond memories of growing up in
Japan, lived mostly in Hokkaido from 1957 until 1971. She later became a special
education teacher at an elementary school in Illinois. Both Dannie and Barb have a particular interest in peace education.

 

Please join us on September 30!
Please tell us by Sep 26 if you plan to join us.

Email: wfchiroshima@nifty.com

WFC Event August 6th, 2017

2017-07-22

① Event at WFC

Place: WFC Living Room

▶︎ 10:30AM~10:50AM Speech by WFC Director

▶︎ 10:50AM~11:00AM

“Claw Marks of the Atomic Bombing”
‐overview of the A-bomb damage

▶︎ 11:00AM~12:00PM

A-bomb survivor’s story by Emiko Okada

(Translator: Kaori Kurumaji)

 

② Event at Barbara Reynolds Monument

▶︎ 5:30PM Meeting Time for Singing Practice

▶︎ 6:00PM Start

Song: Amazing Grace

Short Speech by Michiko Yamane (WFC Chairperson)

Song: Last night I had the strangest dream

 

③ Floating Paper Lanterns

Place: Children’s Peace Monument

▶︎ 7:00PM Meeting Time for Making Paper Lanterns

Short Speech by WFC Director

Song: Orizuru (Paper Crane)

Lyric Writer and Composer: Shihei Umehara

Fun Time in English — June

2017-06-09

Date: June 24, 2017

Time: 1:30-3:30PM

Participation Fee: 500yen

Place: WFC

 

Enjoy a talk by Lindsey, our intern, on the Maasai people of East Africa.  For hundreds of years, the Maasai people have had a complex relationship with lions. However, with lion populations drastically dwindling, the Maasai have adapted from their roles as hunters to protectors of the African lions.

 

Our second hour will be a cooking demonstration of Yu Lin Chi (Chinese Fried Chicken with special sauce) and, of course, eating the finished product!

 

Please join us! Please tell us by June 22 if you plan to join us.

Email: wfchiroshima@nifty.com

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2 weeks ago

Barbara Shenk

We were so happy to have my brother Ken stay with us! We visited the Peace Park and Memorial Museum together and attended a very informative meeting on the The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which he very ably interpreted for us. ... See MoreSee Less

We were so happy to have my brother Ken stay with us!  We visited the Peace Park and Memorial Museum together and attended a very informative meeting on the The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which he very ably interpreted for us.

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Ken, thank you for coming to the Hiroshima Citizens Assembly for a Nuclear Ban treaty with Barb and Dannie.

2 weeks ago

Shizuo Tachibana

WFC Hiroshima を つ・た・え・る 基礎講座(第1期)がスタートしました。今日は元理事長の森下弘先生からWFCの創立者バーバラ・レイノルズさんのお話しを約20名の受講者が聞きました。約半世紀前のおはなしを聞くことのできる貴重な機会となりました。この講座はワールド・フレンドシップ・センター(WFC)の被爆体験継承事業の一環として、今年度から取り組んでいるものです。Hiroshima の経験、被爆者の方たちの平和への思いを少しでも継承できるように、学んでいきたいと思っています。
WFC Pass On Project lecture has started today. About 20 people has heard about Barbara Reynolds who is a founder of World Friendship Center from Mr. Hiromu Morishita who is a Habakusha, took part in the World Peace Study Mission with Barbara in 1964 and former chair of the WFC.
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WFC Hiroshima を つ・た・え・る 基礎講座(第1期)がスタートしました。今日は元理事長の森下弘先生からWFCの創立者バーバラ・レイノルズさんのお話しを約20名の受講者が聞きました。約半世紀前のおはなしを聞くことのできる貴重な機会となりました。この講座はワールド・フレンドシップ・センター(WFC)の被爆体験継承事業の一環として、今年度から取り組んでいるものです。Hiroshima の経験、被爆者の方たちの平和への思いを少しでも継承できるように、学んでいきたいと思っています。
WFC Pass On Project lecture has started today. About 20 people has heard about Barbara  Reynolds who is a founder of World Friendship Center from Mr. Hiromu Morishita who is a Habakusha, took part in the World Peace Study Mission with Barbara in 1964 and former chair of the WFC.

3 weeks ago

Barbara Shenk

Along with guests from France and the UK we heard Okada San's moving story, interpreted by Kurumaji san. This was followed by a tour of the Peace Park led by Akiko san. ... See MoreSee Less

Along with guests from France and the UK we heard Okada Sans moving story, interpreted by Kurumaji san. This was followed by a tour of the Peace Park led by Akiko san.

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Wonderful.. Anjana Pahwa

You are engaged in good work, everyone!

1 month ago

Barbara Shenk

WFC board members and interns visited the Peace Culture Village in Konu, where Steve Leeper led us on a tour. Staff and volunteers also served up a delicious lunch with fresh vegetables from the garden. peacinstitute.org ... See MoreSee Less

WFC board members and interns visited the Peace Culture Village in Konu, where Steve Leeper led us on a tour.   Staff and volunteers also served up a delicious lunch with fresh vegetables from the garden.   peacinstitute.org

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Why were you living there? There are nothing,nobody know.

1 month ago

Tanya Maus

We are grateful for the beautiful gift of your time and knowledge during the 2017 August PAX America trip to Japan. <3 <3 <3 The Peace Resource Center at Wilmington College. This video was made by Carly Pritchard.Thank you to the Peace Resource Center at Wilmington College, the Lew Marcuson Fund, the Isaac Harvey Fund, and the PAX Exchange Program for funding our trip... ... See MoreSee Less