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Distribute and nurture seeds from atomic bomb survivor trees (hibaku trees)


The Secretariat distributes seeds from hibaku trees, which stand in Hiroshima and Nagasaki as silent witnesses, to member cities. Our aim is to raise public peace consciousness through citizens, so we request member cities to plant them in places where many citizens frequent, and to encourage communities to participate in the nurturing of these trees as a symbol of peace.


(Top Left)©The City of Rockingham, Australia (Top Right)©The City of Thiene, Italy
(Bottom Left)©The City of Gernika-Lumo, Spain (Center)©The City of Des Moines, US
(Bottom Right)©The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, UK


● List of Recipients of Hibaku Tree Seeds/Seedlings

Distribution of Seeds/Seedlings in total:
82 cities and 4 organizations in 18 countries outside of Japan (as of November 1, 2021)


    • Asia
    • Kazakhstan
        City Species Distributed Note
        Semey Ginkgo Aug. 29, 2014 Photo
    • Korea
        City Species Distributed Note
        No Gun Ri International Peace Foundation
        (Organization)
        Ginkgo Sep. 19, 2014 Photo
    • Europe
    • Belgium
        City Species Distributed Note
        Brussels Ginkgo

        Japanese hackberry
        Jun. 24, 2014
        Feb. 2, 2016
        Jun. 24, 2014
        Feb. 2, 2016
        Photo
        Erpe-Mere Ginkgo Nov. 7, 2019 -
        Deinze Ginkgo Nov. 14, 2019 -
        Ghent Ginkgo Nov. 5, 2019 Report
        Ichtegem Ginkgo Oct. 30, 2019 -
        Lichtervelde Ginkgo Oct. 30, 2019 -
        Moorslede Ginkgo Nov. 7, 2019 -
        Oudenburg Ginkgo Oct. 30, 2019 -
        Tessenderlo Ginkgo Nov. 7, 2019 -
        Veurne Ginkgo Oct. 29, 2019 Report
        Ypres Ginkgo
        Camphor tree
        May 5, 2012
        May 5, 2012
        Photo Report
        Wortegem-Petegem Ginkgo Nov. 14, 2019 -
    • Bosnia and Herzegovina
        City Species Distributed Note
        Sarajevo Ginkgo Jun. 28, 2014 Photo
    • France
        City Species Distributed Note
        Grigny Ginkgo Aug. 9, 2019 -
        Lasseran Kurogane holly
        Japanese hackberry

        Ginkgo
        Mar. 29, 2018
        Mar. 29, 2018
        Mar. 5, 2019
        Mar. 5, 2019
        -
        Malakoff Ginkgo
        Camphor tree
        Japanese hackberry
        May 11, 2016
        May 11, 2016
        May 11, 2016
        Photo
        Paris Ginkgo Apr. 28, 2018 Photo
        Regional Council of Occitanie
        (Organization)
        Ginkgo
        Japanese hackberry
        Camphor tree
        Dec. 5, 2018
        Dec. 5, 2018
        Dec. 5, 2018
        -
    • Germany
        City Species Distributed Note
        Aalen Ginkgo Jul. 30, 2020 -
        Bad Kreuznach Ginkgo Nov. 19, 2019 -
        Bonn Kurogane holly

        Japanese hackberry


        Muku tree
        Oct. 21, 2016
        Jan. 19, 2017
        Oct. 21, 2016
        Jan. 19, 2017
        Jun. 15, 2017
        Oct. 21, 2016
        Jan. 19, 2017
        Photo
        Braunschweig Ginkgo Sep. 21, 2016 Photo
        Coesfeld Ginkgo
        Jun. 4, 2019
        Apr. 9, 2021
        -
        Emden Ginkgo Jun. 8, 2020 Photo
        Erfurt Ginkgo
        Jan. 19, 2017
        Jan. 23, 2018
        Photo Report
        Gau-Algesheim Ginkgo Oct. 29, 2020 -
        Hannover Ginkgo Dec. 11, 2014 Photo
        Herzogenaurach Ginkgo Oct. 29, 2020 -
        Krefeld Ginkgo Aug. 6, 2016 Photo
        Langen Ginkgo Jul. 11, 2017 Photo Report
        Rothenburg o.d.T. Ginkgo Jul. 8, 2017 Photo
        Schwäbisch Gmünd Ginkgo Feb. 25, 2014 -
        Stuttgart Ginkgo Jul. 8, 2016 Photo
        Tübingen Ginkgo
        Aug. 9, 2020
        Jul. 2021
        Photo
    • Italy
        City Species Distributed Note
        Cervia Ginkgo Sep. 13, 2015 Photo
        Italian Parliament Ginkgo Nov. 14, 2017 Photo
        Mirano Ginkgo Apr. 26, 2017 Photo
        Spinea Ginkgo May 17, 2017 Photo
        Thiene Ginkgo
        Jujube
        Japanese hackberry
        May 11, 2016
        May 11, 2016
        May 11, 2016
        Photo
    • Norway
        City Species Distributed Note
        Fredrikstad Ginkgo
        Jujube
        Aug. 3, 2015
        Aug. 3, 2015
        Photo
        Frogn Ginkgo Jun. 24, 2014 Photo
        Halden Ginkgo Aug. 26, 2017 Photo Report
        Kvinesdal Ginkgo Aug. 29, 2017 Photo Report
        Larvik Ginkgo May 23, 2018 Photo
        Ringsaker Ginkgo Aug. 29, 2019 Photo
        Sande Ginkgo Jun. 28, 2018 Photo
        Skedsmo Ginkgo Jun. 17, 2018 Photo
        Våler Ginkgo Sep. 17, 2020 -
    • Poland
        City Species Distributed Note
        Oswiecim (Auschwitz) Ginkgo Aug. 2, 2019 -
    • Portugal
        City Species Distributed Note
        Évora Kurogane holly

        Camphor tree
        May 29, 2018
        Sep. 13, 2019
        May 29, 2018
        Sep. 13, 2019
        -
    • Russia
        City Species Distributed Note
        Volgograd Ginkgo Aug. 4, 2014 -
    • Slovenia
        City Species Distributed Note
        Radlje ob Dravi Ginkgo Apr. 14, 2015 -
    • Spain
        City Species Distributed Note
        Canovelles Camphor tree Sep. 22, 2018 Report
        Gava Ginkgo Sep. 21, 2017 Photo Report
        Gernika-Lumo Ginkgo Apr. 29, 2018 Photo
        Granollers Ginkgo


        Persimmon
        Camphor tree
        May 5, 2012
        Mar. 6, 2017
        Jan. 23, 2018

        May 5, 2012
        May 5, 2012
        Photo Report
        Sant Feliu de Llobregat Ginkgo Nov. 30, 2016 Report Report
    • Switzerland
        City Species Distributed Note
        Luzern Ginkgo Jan. 21, 2015 Photo
        Renens Ginkgo Jul. 14, 2015 -
        United Nations Office at Geneva
        (Organization)
        Ginkgo
        May 2, 2016
        Oct. 2016
        Photo Report
    • UK
        City Species Distributed Note
        Aberdeen Ginkgo Jun. 30, 2015 Photo
        Cornwall Ginkgo Apr. 9, 2021 -
        Edinburgh Ginkgo Feb. 3, 2015 Photo
        Hastings Ginkgo Jun. 22, 2021 -
        Hebden Royd Ginkgo Oct. 29, 2020 Photo
        Kingston upon Hull Ginkgo May 11, 2016 Photo
        Manchester Ginkgo
        Aug. 26, 2014
        Oct. 8, 2015
        Report
        Norwich Ginkgo Jun. 18, 2021 -
        Oldham Ginkgo
        Jujube
        Japanese hackberry
        Mar. 6, 2017
        Mar. 6, 2017
        Mar. 6, 2017
        -
        Rochdale Ginkgo Oct. 29, 2020 -
        Shetland Ginkgo Feb. 3, 2015 Report
        South Ayrshire Ginkgo May 14, 2018 -
        Winchester Ginkgo Jun. 18, 2021 -
    • Oceania
    • Australia
        City Species Distributed Note
        Albany Ginkgo Sep. 21, 2020 -
        Busselton Ginkgo Sep. 21, 2020 -
        Cockburn Ginkgo Sep. 21, 2020 -
        Fremantle Ginkgo Jul. 11, 2014 Photo Report
        Hobart Ginkgo Sep. 13, 2019 Photo
        Rockingham Ginkgo Sep. 21, 2020 Photo
        Subiaco Ginkgo Sep. 21, 2020 -
    • North America
    • Canada
        City Species Distributed Note
        Oak Bay Ginkgo May 11, 2016 Photo
        Montreal Ginkgo Aug. 5, 2014 Photo
    • US
        City Species Distributed Note
        Des Moines Ginkgo Apr. 26, 2017 Photo
        Disruptor Foundation
        (Organization)
        Ginkgo
        Jujube
        Japanese hackberry
        Apr. 3, 2018
        Apr. 3, 2018
        Apr. 3, 2018
        -


● Requests to Recipient Cities

Mayors for Peace asks each recipient city to accommodate the following requests:


  • 1. To raise seeds/seedlings under the care of experts, such as in botanical gardens, until they become tall and sturdy enough to be planted in the ground.

  • 2. Provide the Secretariat with updates on development of the trees at least once a year. These updates should include some information on their height, number of seedlings, growing place and a plan/report of peace activities based around them as well as their photos.



● Seed Request Process
  • 1. [Recipient City] Contact the Secretariat
  •  If a member city wants to receive seeds from hibaku trees and agrees to accommodate the requests above, please contact the Secretariat by email.

  • 2. [Mayors for Peace Secretariat] Conduct preparatory research
    • a. The Secretariat researches the species of hibaku tree appropriate for the recipient city’s climate
    • b. The Secretariat confirms whether or not procedures for quarantine, export and import licenses are required by the sending country and the receiving country.

  • 3. [Mayors for Peace Secretariat] Send a questionnaire to the recipient city
  •  Based on the preparatory research in 2 - a, the Secretariat enters relevant information into the questionnaire and sends it to the recipient city. If quarantine or an import license is required by the receiving country, the Secretariat informs the recipient city of this information at this point.

  • 4. [Recipient City] Return the questionnaire
    • a. The recipient city answers the questionnaire by filling in required information, such as tree species they want to receive, intended care facility (e.g. a botanical garden), and contact information, and returns the questionnaire to the Secretariat.
    • b. In the case that a certain procedure is required by the receiving country, the recipient city should contact a domestic quarantine office for their advice on the procedure, then share this information with the Secretariat.

  • 5. [Mayors for Peace Secretariat] Send seeds
  •  Upon confirmation of the returned questionnaire and the completion of required procedure for quarantine and an import license, the Secretariat sends out seeds to the recipient city. Shipping costs are covered by the Secretariat.



● Note

When trees from the seeds become tall and sturdy enough to be planted in the ground, the Secretariat can donate an explanatory plaque. Please inform the Secretariat of plans of events involving the tree, such as a planting ceremony. A recipient city can receive one explanatory plaque for each species.


If your city wishes to receive the plaque, please let the Secretariat know by at least two months before the desired delivery date.




● Report

After a tree is planted, please submit a report along with photos to the Secretariat.