GLH partners around the world





Green Legacy Hiroshima has been established to safeguard and spread worldwide the seeds and saplings of Hiroshima’s A-Bomb survivor trees. It is hoped that many partners will join this initiative and become active ambassadors in their countries of Hiroshima, its peace message and its green legacy.

Latest Updates

Japanese Friendship Garden Society of San Diego - July 2018

'Mr. Mike Kawamura, dedicated friend and partner for GLH, indomitable guardian of Hiroshima survivor trees and tireless peace activist at the San Diego Japanese Friendship Garden sends the following note about the Camphor, Aogiri and Fuji Wisteria that were planted in 2015, surviving and thriving despite the Southern California draughts.

'Since we held peace tree planting ceremony in October, 2015, the camphor tree has been growing very well.

It is over 8 feet high now. It will be a large tree in near future and remind our visitors about life, hope and peace. The other trees, Fuji and Aogiri (Chinese parasol) are still fighting with the soil in southern California but growing little by little. SD-WISH (San Diego Worldwide Initiative to Safeguard Humanity) will hold the ceremony at 8 am on August 6 at San Diego

Yokohama Friendship Bell on Shelter Island and Floating of Paper Lanterns Event that evening'.

Activities in Hiroshima - July 2018

The 2nd generation persimmon tree (kaki) planted in 2012 by UNITAR is already bearing fruit (and bearing record heats in Hiroshima!)

Activities in Hiroshima - June 2018

The GLH team accompanied participants of the 2018 UNITAR Afghan Fellowship Program on two study visits of the Hibaku-jumoku during their Hiroshima Workshop. Participants had many questions and ideas, and shared their vision of one day seeing the trees of Afghanistan thrive.

Activities in Hiroshima - June 2018

GLH has just signed an agreement with Hiroshima Shudo University, to supervise a team of students undertaking their community work program --Taiken Jissen (practical experience). The four students could have a first lecture and tour of some trees on June 14th, and will start participating in seed-picking and other activities of GLH as of September 2018.

Leiden Botanical Garden - June 2018

Leiden Botanical Garden continues to help spread the message of peace from Hiroshima. Herewith the sapling it donated for the gardens of the Peace Palace--in excellent health, under the loving care of Rinny Kooi and Shuhei Nishiyama.

Pomona Collegae - May 2018

Not withstanding southern California’s drought, under the good care of Tom Le and colleagues at Pomona College, herewith the flourishing Fuji Wisteria and Ginkgo biloba. 

Activities in Hiroshima - April 2018

The International Organizations I class of Professor Azimi at Hiroshima Shudo University attended special lectures as part of their annual study visit to UNITAR. The students benefitted from presentations by the head and other staff of UNITAR Hiroshima Office before receiving a lecture from GLH master-gardener Chikara Horiguchi and later participating in his A-bomb tree tour to the Hiroshima Castle area.

Activities in Hiroshima - April 2018

The GLH Committee meeting took place at UNITAR offices on April 24th. One committee member, Naoko Koizumi, will be stepping down due to family commitments. She shall be deeply missed but we are certain her bonds to GLH will last.

Meanwhile two new members—Mihoko Kumamoto and Atsushi Seo—were welcomed to the team. We look forward to their presence with us in the years ahead.

Botanic Garden of the Irkutsk State University - April 2018

Five years since Dr. Svetlana Sizykh, head of the Botanic Garden of Irkutsk State University, came to Hiroshima. We miss her, but she sends good tidings! The XVII interregional Competition of performances in the Japanese language  was held on April 12 at the Institute of Philology, Foreign Languages and Media Communication of the Irkutsk State University, also attended by students of Novosibirsk Stae University, Siberian Federal University (Krasnoyarsk) and other institutions. After the competition the group visited the Botanic Garden specially to see the only Japanese Garden in Siberia and The Green Heritage Hiroshima Exposition. This year is the year of 'Japan in Russia and Russia in Japan'. They are planning several special events at the Botanic Garden, including a public event for citizens on August 6, dedicated to the memory of the victims of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.


Activities in Hiroshima - April 2018

Jun Takaki, an alumnus of GHL partner Oberlin College, and his brother visited Hiroshima recently to learn more about hibakujumoku directly from Arbostist Chikara Horiguchi. In a reflection written about his visit, Jun noted, "Towards the end of our tour, I asked Horiguchi-san, 'Why do you think the trees of Hiroshima are important?” He replied, “The trees remind us of what happened in Hiroshima. Since the trees are silent, they give viewers the opportunity to use their own imagination to understand the trees and what message they convey.'"

Thank you for taking the time to visit and learn, Jun, and we hope you come again!