"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.


History &


Activities held
at WFC


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A-Bomb Survivors'


WFC's Newsletter


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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 — September


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.


WFC Event August 6th, 2017


① Event at WFC

Place: WFC Living Room

▶︎ 10:30AM~10:50AM Speech by WFC Director

▶︎ 10:50AM~11:00AM

“Claw Marks of the Atomic Bombing”
‐overview of the A-bomb damage

▶︎ 11:00AM~12:00PM

A-bomb survivor’s story by Emiko Okada

(Translator: Kaori Kurumaji)


② Event at Barbara Reynolds Monument

▶︎ 5:30PM Meeting Time for Singing Practice

▶︎ 6:00PM Start

Song: Amazing Grace

Short Speech by Michiko Yamane (WFC Chairperson)

Song: Last night I had the strangest dream


③ Floating Paper Lanterns

Place: Children’s Peace Monument

▶︎ 7:00PM Meeting Time for Making Paper Lanterns

Short Speech by WFC Director

Song: Orizuru (Paper Crane)

Lyric Writer and Composer: Shihei Umehara

Fun Time in English — June


Date: June 24, 2017

Time: 1:30-3:30PM

Participation Fee: 500yen

Place: WFC


Enjoy a talk by Lindsey, our intern, on the Maasai people of East Africa.  For hundreds of years, the Maasai people have had a complex relationship with lions. However, with lion populations drastically dwindling, the Maasai have adapted from their roles as hunters to protectors of the African lions.


Our second hour will be a cooking demonstration of Yu Lin Chi (Chinese Fried Chicken with special sauce) and, of course, eating the finished product!


Please join us! Please tell us by June 22 if you plan to join us.