Hiroshima prefectural government to collect 5,000 photos with messages to Pope

by Takuya Murata, Staff Writer

To help create a warm welcome for Pope Francis, who will visit Hiroshima on November 24, the Hiroshima prefectural government is collecting photos with messages to him. The photos will be used to produce a mosaic art that will depict scenes symbolizing Hiroshima and will be given to the pope. The deadline for contributing photos is November 14.

Photos can be one of the following:

1. A photo of a person/people holding a message board.
2. A photo of a paper crane/paper cranes or a scene of Hiroshima taken by the sender and edited to add a message.
3. One of the photos made available on the prefectural government’s website, which the contributor can edit to add a message.

The messages must be written in Japanese.

The photos will be used to create an A3-sized mosaic art work, depicting the places Pope Francis will visit, including the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and the A-bomb Dome. The prefectural government is making arrangements so that the mosaic will be handed directly to the pope in Hiroshima. The government hopes to collect 5,000 photos and is encouraging people to join the project.

The photos should be submitted using the special form on the website “Hiroshima for Global Peace,” which was launched by the prefectural government on October 1. (https://hiroshimaforpeace.com/messagetopapa/).

For further information call the prefecture’s Peace Promotion Project Team on weekdays at 082-513-2368.

(Originally published on October 17, 2019)