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「一期一会が平和を築く」

ワールド・フレンドシップ・センターは1965年8月7日(広島に原爆が落とされてから20年後)に、
アメリカ人のクエーカー教徒で平和活動家のバーバラ・レイノルズによって設立されました。
ここであらゆる国の人々が出会い、
経験を分かち合い、
平和について語り合うようにとの思いからです。
ワールド・フレンドシップ・センターは、バーバラの意志を受け継ぎ、

広島の人々とこの地にやって来る人々に、次のようなさまざまな活動を提供しています。

Hiroshimaをつ・た・え・る基礎講座

Hiroshima が体験したことを自分の言葉で伝えられるよう共に学ぶ12回講座です。
お知らせや講座の様子などはこちらからどうぞ

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WFCの歴史と
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WFCで行なわれている
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被爆証言
平和公園の碑めぐりなど

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被爆者の方々の体験記
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WFCの
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WFCへの
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第5回基礎講座を開催しました

01/26/2020

1月25日(土)、第5回のWFC Hiroshima を つ・た・え・る 基礎講座が開かれました。講師は矢川光則さん。被爆ピアノと出会うことによって、大きく人生が変わったことをお話しいただきました。日本全国、海外にも被爆ピアノの音色を通して、平和への願いを届けているお姿に感動しました。

友愛12月号—WFCインターンでの感想 ナタリー・クカ

01/09/2020

友愛 特定非営利活動法人ワールド・フレンドシップ・センター機関紙 WFCインターンでの感想ナタリー・クカ 5月の終わりに、WFC理事の一人である立花さんが、在日韓国人の歴史ある地域の社会館訪問に私を招いてくれました。それは、私の日本研究で興味ある分野の一つでもありました。立花さんは、その社会館でのデイサービスで仕事をされていたことがあったので、社会館の館長の施設案内とその歴史を伝えて下さる機会を作って下さいました。その案内で私の興味はふくらみ、その施設で一週間奉仕させていただくことを申し出ました。施設で初めての金曜日は少し大変でした。誰も英語をしゃべらないので、非常に緊張しましたし、私の日本語…

第4回基礎講座を開催しました

12/16/2019

12月14日(土)、第4回の WFC Hiroshima を つ・た・え・る 基礎講座が開かれました。講師はヒロシマを語り継ぐ教師の会会長、杉山武郎さん。 「ストーリーの背後にあるもの」と題して、原爆の子の像建立にまつわるお話をお聞きしました。「原爆の子の像」は、原爆のために、白血病で亡くなった子どもたちのために、佐々木禎子さんの同級生たちが、募金活動をして、つくられたモニュメントですが、その陰には多くの先生たち、被爆者の方たち、大人たちの支えがあったことを知りました。物事の背後にある名もなき人たちの働きを忘れず、感謝し、これからも平和づくりに関わっていきたいと思わされました。

友愛12月号—ワールド・フレンドシップ・センターでの広島体験 ヨヴァナ・ミロセヴィク

12/04/2019

友愛 特定非営利活動法人ワールド・フレンドシップ・センター機関紙 ワールド・フレンドシップ・センターでの広島体験ヨヴァナ・ミロセヴィク 短い間でしたが、日本の広島でワールド・フレンドシップ・センターに滞在したことは私の人生の中でもちろん最高に幸運なことでした。ワールド・フレンドシップ・センターで1か月半暮らして、私は全く異なる文化に遭遇し、全ての場所で驚きを体験しました。私は毎日、センターでの平和、思いやり、親切などについての話し合いや現在の世界の問題についての討論に加わる事ができました。私は非常に多くの講演にも出席しました。それは具体的な広島の歴史についてだけでなく、時が経つにつれてそれがど…

友愛11月号—鳥取米子ソーラーパーク見学と揚水発電の旅

12/04/2019

友愛 特定非営利活動法人ワールド・フレンドシップ・センター機関紙 WFCピース・セミナー 活動報告 鳥取米子ソーラーパーク見学と揚水発電の旅 10月22日~23日、WFCピース・セミナーの講師、木原省治さんとその仲間たち総勢6人の旅に参加しました。島根原発を巡る状況、鳥取、岡山にまたがる俣野川揚水発電所の見学、とっとり次世代エネルギーパークの拠点とっとり自然環境館、ソフトバンク鳥取米子ソーラーパーク、米子水鳥公園・・と様々な場面から生活の知恵を学ぶ旅でした。 米子から脱原発を目指す土光ひとし市議会議員による学習会は、喫茶「よどえもん」にて島根原発の所在地クイズから始まる。過酷事故発生時の避難経…

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1 month ago

World Friendship Center will discontinue classes as of April 19th. All other activities were discontinued earlier. We will resume when it is safe to do so and we will look forward to seeing you all again. ... See MoreSee Less

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Kathy Edmark - do you have plans for online classes? Or even online live hibakusha conversations - online? Peace-loving people outside Hiroshima, outside Japan, will be interested, I'm sure.

1 month ago

I wrote this post five years ago, about the 50th Anniversary of the World Friendship Center:

Today we attended a ceremony celebrating the 50th anniversary of Hiroshima's World Friendship Centre. The ceremony was held in Shukkeien Garden, where thousands of A-bomb survivors fled after the bombing, and it was there they found the first tiny bit of respite -- the river, where they converged, burned, traumatised, and in many cases dying. One Hibakusha (A-bomb survivor) who spoke told of how he had been among those who had gathered by that river, a little beyond the bend where we were. Many who spoke reflected on what it will mean for the people of the future to live in a world that no longer has the guidance and wisdom of those who experienced the horror of nuclear attack first-hand, and they emphasized how important it is that younger people find ways to take what we have learned from the generation that lived through the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, and to carry on the message of the Hibakusha. There were other extraordinary things that I experienced and learned today -- some hopeful, some delightful and even funny, but for now I will leave it at the biggest overall message received. We must find ways to continue to fight for the total eradication of nuclear weapons as though we know first-hand what these weapons are like, so that neither we nor any others will ever have to experience an atomic blast first hand again.
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I was moved to tears tonight when I saw that there are other peace-lovers among us. Thank you, thank you, thank you, for your witness for Peace around the world! We need more World Friendship Centers that herald the cause of Peace like the one in Hiroshima. Here in America, we need a World Friendship Center, too!

'No more Hiroshima, No more Nagasaki,, No more Nuclear Weapons, No more War' Please watch the documentary on theatre troupe Swapnadal’s (Bangladesh) remarkable Japan Theatre-tour 2018 with Hiroshima-Nagasaki tragedy based anti-war theatre production ‘Tringsha Shatabdee’ (Festival/Tokyo 2018) and ‘Helen Keller’ (Bangladesh Embassy, Tokyo). youtu.be/qfoHjpRgv9w

1 month ago

'No more Hiroshima, No more Nagasaki,, No more Nuclear Weapons, No more War'

Please watch the documentary on theatre troupe Swapnadal’s (Bangladesh) remarkable Japan Theatre-tour 2018 with Hiroshima-Nagasaki tragedy based anti-war theatre production ‘Tringsha Shatabdee’ (Festival/Tokyo 2018) and ‘Helen Keller’ (Bangladesh Embassy, Tokyo).

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1 month ago

新型コロナウイルスの影響により、5月23日に延期しました「94歳が語るシベリア抑留--末広一郎さんのお話を聞く会」は、再度延期になりました。開催日は未定です。決まりましたら、お知らせします。みなさんもお体大切にお過ごしください。 ... See MoreSee Less

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おはようございます。。 皆様、命を守る行動をしてくださいね。 平和人形をつくる会は中止になりました。 再開する日まで、 御身をご自愛しながら、風邪などに気をつけてお過ごしくださいね。

I am happy and sad, both at the same time whe learning that the World Friendship Center is, also, under quarantine for the Coronovirus epidemic. We are, also, under quarantine at McPherson College in Kansas, USA. Our college students here in the USA are finishing the students' 2nd semester online by taking courses televised by their professors. Given the thousands of people worldwide who have already perished, we need to be very careful. In the meantime, in our workplaces, in our homes, and in our meetings houses, churches, and other locations, no matter our countries of origin, we need to pray for each other, as we are all brothers and sisters in the faith, and in the Redeemer's arms we are not alone.

1 month ago

Right before the introduction of plea bargaining in Japan, I coordinated an interview trip for a Japanese journalist and accompanied him as interpreter. A couple of representatives of an NGO called Innocence Project were among the interviewees.

As you know, the US-prison population has soared seven to eight times since the introduction of privatization. Although the U. S. accounts for only 5 percent of the world's population, our prison population makes up a whopping 25 percent of the entire world's prisoners!

We are the number 1! And we sell freedom and democracy! (BS!!!)

So, watching this trailer, suddenly, I just came across the idea:

Can’t we say that the “privatization of prisons”, which began several decades ago, has evolved further, and this COVID-19 circus has triggered the start of a “home delivery system of imprisonment”?

You see, too many inconvenient people have been incarcerated for decades innocently, and when prisons became overflowing, prisons have reached our home! Restrained freedom in this land of free, isolation from society, financial tightening ... I don’t see much difference from being in jail. What do you think?
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One person’s right to liberty and the pursuit of happiness shouldn’t interfere with other people’s right to live☝🏼😇💨

I LOVE the term “home delivery system” of imprisonment!!!

2 months ago

I will never forget when my professor husband and I took 20 American exchange students to Japan to study at Hokusei Gakuin University in Sapporo on the Northern Island. During our stay there, we took the bullet train down to Hiroshima.

We arranged for the visit ahead of time, and the the caretakers at the World Friendship Center brought in a hibakushua, i.e., a survivor of the atomic bomb so we could hear him tell us his story. He was one of the few survivosrs and had been a professor at the university up until the bombing when he was rendered incapable of continuing.

During our second semester that year, a new group of students came over from America, and we took them to Hiroshima. This time, another surviver of the atomic bomb came to tell us their story. As was the case with the first one, their stories were horrific and brought us to tears of repentance.

Looking back, I would have to say that our time at the World Friendship Center were holy moments. If you ever plan to travel to Hiroshima, be sure to inquire about the World Friendship Center, and they will host you there.

Their spirit of "Peace on Earth, Goodwill toward men" will imprint your life forever. Amen!
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Thank you for all that you have done to share the terrible story of Hiroshima. Yes, my husband and I were there, and I'll never forget seeing the light bulb above the image of the city, which pinpointed the place of the bomb's explosion, where it would do the most damage. Also, one year at The Women's Conference in January, our key speaker was a Japanese woman who had survived the bomb and who later accompanied injured young Japanese girls to America for reconstructive surgery.

2 years ago

Shigeaki Mori is a Hiroshima hibakusha. He is also a tireless researcher who spent 35 years on his quest to identify and memorialize the 12 American POWs who died in the bombing on August 6, 1945. In 2016 when President Obama visited Hiroshima, he recognized Mori's suffering and his work, and gave him a warm hug. We attended Mori's lecture and were honored to meet him afterwards, thanks to our friend, Naomi Oomura. Also pictured is Mrs. Kishida, wife of the former foreign minister of Japan, who is from Hiroshima. paperlanternfilm.com ... See MoreSee Less

Shigeaki Mori is a Hiroshima hibakusha.  He is also a tireless researcher who spent 35 years on his quest to identify and memorialize the 12 American POWs who died in the bombing on August 6, 1945.  In 2016 when President Obama visited Hiroshima, he recognized Moris suffering and his work, and gave him a warm hug.  We attended Moris lecture and were honored to meet him afterwards, thanks to our friend, Naomi Oomura.  Also pictured is Mrs. Kishida, wife of the former foreign minister of Japan, who is from Hiroshima. paperlanternfilm.comImage attachmentImage attachment

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It was great you met Mr.Mori.

What an honor!

Great pictures!

I am very impressed by this story about Shigeaki Mori-san. Thank you for sharing it.

Barbara, thanks, also, for sharing your photographs here. I am so impressed that the World Friendship Center is still in operation. We need Peace now more than ever!

Jeanne Smith

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E-Book edition available now!
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