Exhibition on peace newspaper produced by Hiroshima teens set for Yokohama

by Keisuke Yoshihara, Staff Writer

To commemorate the 50th edition of “Hiroshima Koku” (in English, “Peace Seeds”), a peace newspaper produced by Japanese teens in Hiroshima, the Chugoku Shimbun will hold an exhibition about the newspaper at the Japan Newspaper Museum in the city of Yokohama. Hiroshima Koku appears twice a month as an insert in the Chugoku Shimbun. The exhibition, co-sponsored with the museum, is titled “Welcome to Hiroshima Koku--the peaceful world that children can create” and will open to the public on August 1.

The exhibition will present the complete Japanese editions of the newspaper, from the first edition of January 2007 to the 50th edition of May 2009, on large panels, as well as the website in both Japanese and English. A total of about 250 items will be on display, including world postage stamps on the theme of peace, and letters sent in connection with the “President Obama Invitation Project,” an effort to encourage Mr. Obama to visit Hiroshima, which has been pursued since November 2008.

On August 6, the day of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, the exhibition venue will broadcast scenes of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, where the annual Peace Memorial Ceremony will be held, as well as the Junior Writers of Hiroshima Koku covering the ceremony in the park.

The exhibition will run through September 23, except for Mondays. Admission is 500 yen for adults and university students; 300 yen for high school students; and free for elementary school and junior high school students. For more information, please contact the Hiroshima Koku Editorial Desk at 082-236-2714.

Several special events related to the exhibition will also be held. Advance reservations are required through the website of the Japan Newspaper Museum.

August 2: screening of the animated film “Tsuru ni notte” (“On a Paper Crane”) and a talk by Miho Cibot, author of the screenplay

August 6: screening of the animated film “Shin-chan no sanrinsha” (“Shin-chan’s Tricycle”) and an account of the atomic bombing by an A-bomb survivor

August 22: lecture by Rumiko Seya, secretary general of the Japan Center for Conflict Prevention

August 28: lecture by Masamoto Nasu, a writer of children’s literature

September 12: workshop on cross-cultural understanding.

(Originally published on July 26, 2009)