Children create posters to promote "The 2010 World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates"

by Yumi Kanazaki, Staff Writer

Anticipating "The 2010 World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates," set for November 12-14 in the city of Hiroshima, students at Motomachi Elementary School joined the well-known illustrator Seitaro Kuroda, 71, to create promotional posters on October 6. The event was organized by, among other entities, the local council charged with promoting the summit, a body chaired by Hiroshima Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba.

About 300 people, including elementary school students, students from Motomachi Kindergarten, parents, and local senior citizens gathered in the school gymnasium. Mr. Kuroda, who continues to create works with the wish for nuclear abolition, said to the students, "There is no good or bad in drawing pictures. It's important to let go of thinking that drawing is difficult and just express your ideas of peace on the paper."

The children drew freely with crayons, creating such things as rainbows and hearts on the official poster for the summit in the empty space below the logos of companies providing support to the event. Niko Kageiwa, 12, a sixth grader, drew a picture of a smiling earth and said, "If the world becomes a peaceful place, I think both the earth and its people will smile."

The nearly 480 posters created by the children will be displayed at public locations and the summit venue. The posters are an appeal for peace from Hiroshima children to the Nobel Peace Prize laureates attending the summit.

(Originally published on October 7, 2010)