American high school students sing with students at Hiroshima International School

by Masaharu Nakagawa, Staff Writer

On March 21, a high school choir from the U.S. state of California visited Hiroshima International School in Asakita Ward, Hiroshima, and sang for the students there.

Twenty-eight members of the Westridge School Choir, along with three teachers, paid a visit to Hiroshima International School. In front of about 100 students, the chorus group sang seven songs, in Latin and Japanese, including “Amazing Grace” and the Japanese song “Hamabeno Uta” (“Beachside Song”). Students of both schools also sang songs together.

The American choir is staying in Japan from March 17 to 27, giving concerts and chorus get-togethers mainly in Tokyo and Kyoto.

The visit by the choir to Hiroshima International School was its first visit to the school in six years. Amanda Hajj, 17, a third-year student, said that she wanted to learn about the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. The group visited Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in downtown Hiroshima and sang in front of the Children’s Peace Monument. They also visited the A-bomb Dome and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

(Originally published on March 22, 2013)