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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

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

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.

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