"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.
Intern Presentation by Mirabelle Chen
June 23(Sat) 1:30PM ～2：30PM
Participation Fee: 500yen
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.
Date: December 16, Saturday
Time: 1PM to 3PM
Participation fee: Free
No present exchange
Peace Choir , Shin-chan’s show, Quiz,
Film:“Martin the Shoemaker”
Candle Service, etc
Please join us!
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