GLH partners around the world
Al Akhawayn University - May 2019
Jujube and Enoki seeds have sprouted and growing some baby leaves under the good care of the team at Al Akhawayn University, GLH's first partner in Morocco. Jujube is not a species easy to grow even at Hiroshima Botanical Garden so GLH is excited to see the Hibaku Jujube taking root at a new home in North Africa and the establishment of a new partnership for the future working-together for nature and for peace.
Fukutomi Star Terrace 福富・星降るテラス - May 2019
On 19 May a Ginkgo sapling of Hibaku-Jumoko was planted at Star Terrace 福富・星降るテラス, a house dedicated to peace and community activities, renovated by Kindai University Architecture Professor Daisuke Tanigawa and his team, in Fukutomicho, Higashi-Hiroshima. Star Terrace is now officially a member of the GLH partner community!
The planting ceremony was part of a peace culture exchange program, gathering students from Southern Illinois University as well as Kindai and Hiroshima Universities. The sapling was placed close to the house and watered by every student attending the ceremony. Thereafter American and Japanese students exchanged opinions on peace and Hiroshima in a vibrant atmosphere - the little Ginkgo alongside seeds of international dialogue and understanding nurtured by and for the next generation.
Activities in Hiroshima - May 2019
Fellows and faculty from the University of Michigan Barger Leadership Institute (BLI) visited Hiroshima as their first stop in a Mindful Leadership Journey to Japan. Led by BLI Director, Dr. Ram Mahalingam, eight students along with two staff visited the UNITAR Hiroshima office and learned about the office's efforts and engagements with post-conflict countries from UNITAR staff. GLH Coordinator also briefly touched on GLH's history, vision and global campaign with the Hibaku-Jumoku. We were impressed by the energy and motivation of the BLI group — and look forward to a rich and green partnership with them in the future.
Moscow State University - May 2019
A Hibaku-jumoku planting ceremony was instigated by Dr. Sergei Shaposhinikov, former staff of the UNITAR Hiroshima Office and currently a professor at the Moscow State University (MSU) Business School. Master-gardener Mr. Chikara Horiguchi, representing both GLH and UNITAR Hiroshima Office, visited Moscow for the events at MSU and Ostafyevo State Museum. The second-generation Ginkgo sapling—now growing on the 264-year-old campus--greets MSU Business School students every day as a reminder of peace, life, and hope. In three languages - Japanese, Russian, and English - a plaque is set in front of the sapling, telling the story of Hiroshima’s special trees.
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University - April 2019
A Vision for the Future of Hibaku-jumoku on APU campus
To ensure better lighting and growing conditions for the Hiroshima saplings, GLH partners at Ritsumeikan-APU are relocating the Yoshino Cherry sapling to a new home, APU Sakura Sky Garden, opened in April this year. As our partners at APU are concerned about the strong wind at the garden, a windshield will be established beside the sapling to foster its healthy growth. Here is a picture of APU's Sky Garden.
Lady Doak College - March 2019
The first ever patch of Hibaku-jumoku seeds to India reached Madurai safely in March 2019. Our partners at Lady Doak College had the occasion of blessing the seeds at the Thanksgiving Service for the Culmination of Platinum Jubilee celebrations. They plan to have a special committee of environmental experts to further plan the exact location for planting the seeds.
Polish Academy of Sciences Botanical Garden – Center for Biological Diversity Conservation - March 2019
The seeds arrived safely in Poland. Some of them were already sprouting! The team put them in the greenhouse condition right away.
Activities in Hiroshima - March 2019
GLH Tree Tour with International Participants of UNITAR Hiroshima Disarmament Programme
Taking a walk across the Peace Park on a rainy Sunday morning, 19 participants were led on an A-bomb tree tour by GLH coordinator, learning of the stories of the trees and the Peace Park's history. Representing the ministries of defense and foreign affairs of 10 different Asian Countries, all participants work closely on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation matters in their governments. From the tour, many participants seemed inspired by the trees and the meaning and message of peace carried within them—memorials to the past, reminders of the nuclear perils of the present, but also messengers of hope for a future world without nuclear weapons.