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Hiroshima Peace Study Tour 2013, University of Indianapolis

From Sunday, May 12 to Friday, May 17, 2013, a class from the University of Indianapolis (U.S.) carried out its third Hiroshima peace study tour. Fourteen participants including twelve students and two professors studied peace issues while experiencing Japanese culture. This tour was supported by the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership.

They visited peace related facilities, buildings exposed to the A-bomb, and the Radiation Effects Research Foundation (RERF), UNITAR Hiroshima Office and listened to the testimony of an A-bomb survivor by Mr. Keijiro Matsushima. They gained knowledge about the reality of the A-bombing through such activities. They also listened to a lecture by Dr. Robert Jacobs of the Hiroshima Peace Institute on the different view points on the A-bombs between the U.S. and Japan, as well as a lecture by Ms. Mari Tsuruda, Emeritus Principal, Hiroshima YMCA School of Languages about her experience as a Japanese American during the WWII.

The students are working on various projects after going back to Indianapolis, such as creating posters of the Hiroshima-Nagasaki Peace Study Course, planning to hold an A-bomb exhibition, teaching about Hiroshima and Nagasaki to children and parents.

平和記念公園見学(写真提供:インディアナポリス大学 天野准教授)

Tour of the Peace Memorial Park
(Photo credit: Dr. Amano,
University of Indianapolis)


Offering Paper Cranes


Tour of the Peace Memorial Museum


A-bomb survivor’s testimony


Listening to Ms. Mari Tsuruda


Visit the Remains of the Chugoku Military
District Headquarters


In front of an A-bombed Gingko tree


Recitation of A-bomb poems


Visit the Hiroshima National Peace Memorial
Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims


Lecture by Dr. Robert Jacobs of the Hiroshima
Peace Institute


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