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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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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!

 

World Friendship Center

TEL 082-503-3191

Email worldfriendshipcenter@gmail.com

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

Friendship Afternoon — October

2017-10-19

Date: October 28, 2017

Time: 1:30~3:30PM

Participation Fee: 500yen

Student: Free

Place: WFC

Dannie Otto, World Friendship Center co-director, will give a talk and slide presentation about his November 2016 study trip to Iran. During his trip he met with government leaders, religious leaders, university educators and students, as well as many people on the street. He will talk about Iran’s culture, religions and history as well as current challenges and opportunities facing the people of Iran.

There will be time for a Q & A.
All are welcome to attend. Please register in advance.
Please tell us by Oct 25 if you plan to join us.

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1 month ago

Barbara Shenk

Mike Hanes and Rory Fanning, Veterans for Peace, gave presentations and lead a discussion at the Hachidorisha Social Book Cafe. They stayed with us, along with Hidemi san and Rachel Clark, who served as interpreter. We had more wonderful discussions over breakfast. Hidemi san took the second picture, which includes Dannie and some lingering fall color at WFC. ... See MoreSee Less

Mike Hanes and Rory Fanning, Veterans for Peace, gave presentations and lead a discussion at the Hachidorisha Social Book Cafe.  They stayed with us, along with Hidemi san and Rachel Clark, who served as interpreter.  We had more wonderful discussions over breakfast.  Hidemi san took the second picture, which includes Dannie and some lingering fall color at WFC.

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You all look good having a valuable time!

This was a great time! Thank you for your hospitality. So great meeting you!

Thank you Barbara and Dannie for your amazing hospitality!

We enjoyed your visit so much and hope to see you again!

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3 days ago

Bernd Phoenix

Great talk about a very thorough study! ... See MoreSee Less

6 days ago

Barbara Shenk

Morishita Sensei and Michiko san were able to speak with Beatrice for a few moments about WFC and Barbara Reynolds. Here they are handing her a copy of the Yuai WFC anniversary publication. It seems to me that there is a direct link between the works of Barbara Reynolds and Beatrice Fihn. ... See MoreSee Less

Morishita Sensei and Michiko san were able to speak with Beatrice for a few moments about WFC and Barbara Reynolds.  Here they are handing her a copy of the Yuai WFC anniversary publication.  It seems to me that there is a direct link between the works of Barbara Reynolds and Beatrice Fihn.

6 days ago

Barbara Shenk

Beatrice Fihn of ICAN came to Hiroshima! She is speaking here to young people, encouraging them to make any effort they can toward convincing the Japanese government to sign the nuclear weapons ban treaty. She is optimistic and stressed the importance of making this work fun in order to make the efforts sustainable. ... See MoreSee Less

Beatrice Fihn of ICAN came to Hiroshima!  She is speaking here to young people, encouraging them to make any effort they can toward convincing the Japanese government to sign the nuclear weapons ban treaty.  She is optimistic and stressed the importance of making this work fun in order to make the efforts sustainable.

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Saw the news on TVJapan and wondered if you’d gotten to meet her.