Paper cranes from Paraguay offered to Children’s Peace Monument

by Yoko Nitta, Staff Writer

On July 9, a group of three Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV), dispatched by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to Paraguay where they served as a nurse, a teacher, and a systems engineer, offered 500 paper cranes to the Children's Peace Monument in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. The paper cranes come from A-bomb exhibitions held at 11 locations in Paraguay. The 1000 paper cranes collected at the exhibitions were divided between Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Yuriko Nakamura, 32, of Nagasaki, Yoriko Ishibe, 28, of Yokohama, and Nanako Urushibata, 30, of Shizuoka, completed their term of service for JICA earlier this year and then returned to Japan. They decided to deliver the paper cranes after they were asked by visitors at the exhibitions in Paraguay to bring them to Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

An A-bomb exhibition was first held in Paraguay in 2007, when posters borrowed from Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and other materials were displayed. Since then, with the support of the Japanese-Paraguayan community, A-bomb exhibitions have been held at nearly 30 locations. About 10,000 people reportedly visited the exhibitions.

(Originally published on July 10, 2010)