Peace messages sought for 65th anniversary of the A-bombing

by Junji Hayashi, Staff Writer

On July 9, the Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum and the City of Hiroshima set up a special mailbox on the north side the A-bomb Dome to solicit postcards with peace messages for the campaign "Letters to the A-bomb Dome". The collected postcards will be displayed at a special exhibition entitled "From Hiroshima to Hiroshima" organized by the Chugoku Shimbun and other entities. The exhibition will open on August 5 and run until September 20 at the Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum.

The mailbox is made of steel and stands about two meters tall. The front of the mailbox features a transparent window, measuring 75 centimeters in height and 50 centimeters in width, so that postcards sent to the box can be seen. Koso Haranaka, an art teacher at Miyoshi High School, created the mailbox and set it up with the help of others.

A message about peace, written in any language, should be written on the back of the postcard, along with the word "peace." The postcard should be addressed to:

"Letters to the A-bomb Dome" Secretariat
15 Sarugaku-cho
Hiroshima 730-8665

The address is that of the former Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall, now known as the A-bomb Dome.

The mailbox will be in place for 65 days, until September 11, to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

(Originally published on July 10, 2010)