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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
& Cost

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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

Friendship Afternoon — June

2018-06-19

Intern Presentation by Mirabelle Chen
June 23(Sat) 1:30PM ~2:30PM
Place: WFC
Participation Fee: 500yen
Student: Free

I am Ziyao (Mirabelle) Chen. I was born and raised in China and am currently studying in the U.S. I’m a senior at Illinois Wesleyan University with a major in Accounting and a minor in French. 3 years ago I chose to come to Illinois Wesleyan University for its amazing accounting program, well-known professors, and small class sizes.

I’m here in Hiroshima as an intern at the the Freeman Asia Internship Program from my university. I’ve always loved to travel and to meet people from different countries. World Friendship Center is a place where people from all over the world meet and talk about peace. I am learning about the bombing in 1945, how the people dealt with that, and how they rebuilt Hiroshima into the beautiful city it is today.

2017 WFC Christmas Party

2017-12-09

Date: December 16, Saturday

Time: 1PM to 3PM

Place: WFC   

Participation fee: Free    

No present exchange

 

Program:

Peace Choir , Shin-chan’s show, Quiz,

Film:Martin the Shoemaker

Candle Service, etc

Please join us!

The Phoenix of Hiroshima

2017-12-09

Helen Jaccard of the Phoenix of Hiroshima Foundation will be giving a public presentation

Friday, December 15 at 2:00 p.m.

English with Japanese translation

 

The Phoenix of Hiroshima, a 50-foot, 30-ton yacht built by Miyajimaguchi boat builders for Dr. Earle Reynolds, is important in the post-war history of Hiroshima. After working as a scientific researcher in the ABCC project, Earle and Barbara Reynolds, two of their children, and a crew of three young Japanese men, set out for a round-the-world tour in 1954. As an act of protest, they sailed this boat into the Pacific Proving Ground (1958) used by the United States for the atmospheric testing of nuclear bombs. Reynolds was arrested and put on trial for this protest. After his release, his familyABCC project, Earle and Barbara Reynolds, two of their children, and a crew of three young Japanese men, set out for a round-the-world tour in 1954. As an act of protest, they sailed this boat into the Pacific Proving Ground (1958) used by the United States for the atmospheric testing of nuclear bombs. Reynolds was arrested and put on trial for this protest. After his release, his family sailed the boat back to Hiroshima. Barbara Reynolds became an outspoken advocate on behalf of Hibakusha and against nuclear weapons. She and citizens of Hiroshima traveled the world speaking out against nuclear weapons. In 1965, Barbara Reynolds started the World Friendship Center in Hiroshima as a way to carry on her work.

 

Several years ago the original Phoenix of Hiroshima was discovered underwater in the Sacramento River in California. Members of the Reynolds family and other interested parties established the Phoenix of Hiroshima Foundation to raise awareness of the history of this boat and to raise money to pay for the restoration of the boat.

 

World Friendship Center

8-10 Higashi Kan-on,
Nishi-ku Hiroshima, 733-0032 Japan

TEL 082-503-3191

Email worldfriendshipcenter@gmail.com