Hiroshima Field Trip 2010, Central Connecticut State University
Twelve students from Central Connecticut State University (CCSU), USA, visited Hiroshima as part of a field trip from Thursday, June 3 to Sunday, June 6. This is the fourth trip to Hiroshima by CCSU students. The students were accomapanied by Professors Shizuko Tomoda and Gustavo Mejia.
This field trip is a part of the Study Abroad program offered by CCSU, through which the participants can learn about old and new Japanese culture and peace issues during visits to Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Kyoto and Tokyo. The students learned much about the reality of the atomic bombings.
Their activities included visits to peace related facilities and buildings exposed to the A-bomb, listening to the testimonies of A-bomb survivors Mr. Keijiro Matsushima and Ms. Sadae Kasaoka, and a lecture by Professor Tanaka at the Hiroshima Peace Institute.
This year more opportunities for meeting with students were provided during the Hiroshima program. On June 4, CCSU students visited Funairi Senior High School, alma mater of Professor Tomoda, met with 41 first year students in the International Communication Course and after class, talked with drama club members. On June 5, CCSU students had a discussion with Hiroshima students from several universities including Hiroshima City University, Hiroshima University of Economics and others. International students from Germany and Kazakhstan also joined the discussion. The themes of the discussion included how to remember and pass on the A-bomb experience of Hiroshima to future generations in the context of the comprehensive history of World War II, including such incidents as the Japanese invasion into Asia and the Pearl Harbor attack. They enjoyed taking with students of the same age, learned different view points and achieved mutually fruitful exchange.
A-Bomb Survivor's Testimony
Visiting the Hiroshima
Peace Memorial Museum
Tour of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
Poem Reading at the Hiroshima National
Peace Memorial Hall for
the Atomic Bomb Victims
Lecture by Professor Tanaka of the Hiroshima
Professor Tomoda of CCSU spoke at her alma
mater, Funairi Senior High School
Talk with freshmen in the International
Communication Course at the high school
Meeting with some of the Funairi High School
Drama Club members
Field work at the former Bank of Japan,
At the Paper Crane Exhibition Room in the
Former Hiroshima Municipal Baseball Stadium
Discussion with Hiroshima Students