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Hiroshima Peace Study Tour 2014, University of Indianapolis

From Saturday, May 10 to Wednesday, May 14, 2014, a class from the University of Indianapolis (U.S.) carried out its fourth Hiroshima peace study tour. Two professors led eight students as they studied peace issues and experienced Japanese culture.

They visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and other peace related facilities, and listened to the testimony of Mr. Sadao Yamamoto, an A-bomb survivor. They participated in a reading session of the A-bomb poems and memoirs at the Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims. They also listened to a lecture by Dr. Kazumi Mizumoto, Vice President of the Hiroshima Peace Institute, as well as a lecture by Ms. Mari Tsuruda, Emeritus Principal at the Hiroshima YMCA School of Languages, about her experience as a Japanese American during WWII. They gained knowledge about the realities of the A-bombing through such activities.

In a first-time collaboration, we asked a curator of Hiroshima Castle to explain the history of the castle including the former site of the Chugoku Military District Headquarters and other remains of military facilities in the castle compound. Six students from the Hiroshima University of Economics also joined this session. It provided a great opportunity for the students both from Indianapolis and Hiroshima to talk with each other and to learn about the history of Hiroshima as a "military capital city" before the A-bombing.

In front of the Ginkgo tree which has survived
the A-bombing at Shukkeien garden

Tour by a curator of Hiroshima Castle of a
former military site in the castle compound

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

Reading Session of A-bomb Memoirs and Poems

A-bomb Survivor Testimony
(Mr. Sadao Yamamoto)

With Mr. Yamamoto, A-bomb survivor and
Ms. Tsuruda, who both shared their war
time experiences

Lecture by Mari Tsuruda, Emeritus Principal,
Hiroshima YMCA School of Languages

Lecture by Professor Mizumoto, Vice President
of the Hiroshima Peace Institute


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