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…

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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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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…

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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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Yu-ai Friendship Newsletter of the World Friendship Center, NPO Reflections on HiroshimaDannie Otto It is difficult to write about my experiences in Hiroshima, because when I think about the past two years, my mind is flooded with memories. We met many wonderful people. First of all, the Hiroshima people who are involved with WFC and contribute so much time and energy to the work of the center. In addition, there were the many interesting guests who came from many countries to learn about the effects of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. At times it seemed like we lived in two worlds. On some days, we would spend time with our…

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Yu-ai Friendship Newsletter of the World Friendship Center, NPO Greeting from Roger and Kathy Edmark, new co-Directors of the World Friendship Center.  We have now been in Hiroshima for over a month and are enjoying our time at WFC.  We would like to thank all of the staff and volunteers at WFC for the warm welcome we have received. Roger Edmark I was born in North Dakota, in the USA. Before I was one year old, my parents moved to Seattle. They packed up my older sister and me in the car and drove to Seattle to look for milder weather and better employment opportunities.  Within one week, my father…

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Yu-ai Friendship Newsletter of the World Friendship Center, NPO Participating in the Korean Pax Keigo Nakamura I learned many things and experienced many meaningful days while participating in the Korean Pax. For example, I learned about military comfort women and Korea in the Japan colonial period. I’d like to tell about four of my most impressionable experiences. First, on the morning of the second day, I saw demonstrations held in front of a military comfort women statue near the Japanese Embassy. Many people participated in the demonstrations due to the day falling on May Day, including many students. Some, wearing yellow dresses like Jakie Chan, hit something like a sponge…

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Yu-ai Friendship Newsletter of the World Friendship Center, NPO Participating in the Korean PAX Matsue Matsumoto I participated in the Korean PAX from April 30 to May 5. During this trip, I visited places where we usually could not go, and had very valuable experiences. I participated in a protest meeting which was held in front of the Japanese Embassy on Wednesday May 1. The protest meeting is held on every Wednesday. In the afternoon, we went to Seodaemun Prison History Hall. On May 2, we visited the Comfort Women Historical Museum and met a Korean woman at House of Sharing. They both depicted negative legacies of the Imperial Japanese…

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Yu-ai Friendship Newsletter of the World Friendship Center, NPO Impressions of participating in this Korea PAXIori Fujimoto This Korean PAX was my first time living overseas, and also the first cross-cultural exchange. Participating in this program gave me a lot of experience and knowledge. First is the history of Korea. In this program, I mainly learned about the issue of comfort women. Through this study, I fully realized how Japan turned away from the issue of comfort women, and how painful the victims and bereaved people felt. Because we Japanese are not interested in this issue at all, are not educated, and are very rude to the other party, We…

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Yu-ai Friendship Newsletter of the World Friendship Center, NPO Korea PAXMinao Capper On my trip to Korea though PAX I wanted to find out what the Korean youth feel about peace, understand more about the historical problems between Japan and Korea, and experience the Korean culture. I especially think I now understand the issue about the Korean women forced to be sex slaves by the Japanese military, and I could see it from a different perspective than before. On the first day, we joined a protest in front of the Japanese embassy. I was surprised that there were many young people, even though it was a national holiday. They were…

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