Exhibition on "Peace Seeds," peace newspaper by Hiroshima teens, opens in Yokohama

by Keisuke Yoshihara, Staff Writer

An exhibition about the peace newspaper produced by Japanese teens in Hiroshima opened on August 1 at the Japan Newspaper Museum in the city of Yokohama. Hiroshima Koku (in English, “Peace Seeds”) appears twice a month as an insert in the Chugoku Shimbun. The exhibition is co-sponsored by the museum and the Chugoku Shimbun, and runs until September 23.

A total of about 250 items are on display, including large panels with every Japanese edition of the newspaper, from the first edition of January 2007 through the 50th edition of May 2009; the Japanese originals of the English letters delivered to President Obama; and postage stamps from nations around the world, which can serve as materials for reflecting on peace. The three-dimensional models of some items were arranged in cooperation with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and video footage of the junior writers on assignment is shown to visitors.

Yuzuru Miki, 42, a resident of Kawaguchi City, near Tokyo, visited the exhibit and remarked, “I think it’s great that these children are learning to convey their ideas through the newspaper.”

At the opening ceremony, Fumiaki Nishino, director general of the Japan Newspaper Foundation for Education and Culture, Kazuyuki Kawamoto, president of the Chugoku Shimbun, and three junior writers cut the ribbon to kick off the event.

On August 2, Miho Cibot, a peace activist who lives in France, will give a talk for visitors. Admission to the exhibition is 500 yen for adults and 300 yen for high school students. The exhibition will run until September 23, except Mondays. For more information, contact the museum at 045-661-2040.

(Originally published on August 2, 2009)

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