GLH partners around the world
Hiroshima-Nagasaki Midpoint Planting Ceremony
September 21, 2019 was the International Day of Peace. On this day, at the geographical mid-point between Hiroshima and Nagasaki a special planting ceremony took place under the leadership of Mr. Akio Nishikiori - an A-Bomb survivor, long-time GLH Committee member as well as a dedicated architect for Hiroshima's revival. This project, to plant A-Bomb saplings from both Nagasaki and Hiroshima respectively on the two sides of the lake in Oike Park of Koge Town, Fukuoka Prefecture, was initiated last year. A bridge is also planned to be built across the lake connecting the Nagasaki and Hiroshima sites. Read More
Partners in Profile September Entry features GLH partner at Icesi University, Columbia!
Click here to read more about International Relations Professor Dr. Vladimir Rouvinski's inspiration and vision for the Hibaku Jumoku on campus.
See here for 2019-2020 Hibaku second-generation seeds availability for dispatch.
Sonoma County Peace Crane Project - September 2019
News came from Sonoma County in California - 10 of the Hibaku Gingko seeds that arrived in July have sprouted! Sonoma County Peace Crane Project is an all-volunteer community group committed to creating peace and harmony. The first picture is of the group members when they opened the seed package from Hiroshima. The third photo is from the Nuclear Remembrance Day Event on August 4th, during which the group promoted the seed for Peace project using two bonsai gingko trees from a local bonsai group. We sincerely hope the Gingko from Hiroshima grows strong into beautiful trees in Sonoma County as advocates and reminders for peace and nature.
Sophia University - August 2019
On 30 August, a Hiabaku camellia japonica sapling was planted on the grounds of Sophia University, one of the most prestigious Japanese universities. Sophia University thus is now officially a member of the GLH global community!
Mr. Nikhil Seth, Executive Director of UNITAR, and Ms. Miki Sugimura, Vice President for Global Academic Affairs from Sophia University, each gave a speech at the planting ceremony coordinated by the two institutions. Mr. Michimasa Hirata, a representative of Hiroshima A-bomb survivors, also attended at the invitation of UNITAR and gave his A-bomb survivor testimony. As the flower that blooms in winter months, the symbolic language of camellia is “my destiny is in your hands.” Mr. Hirata called for his strong wish to "never use the atomic bomb again" and take “our destiny" in our own collective hands.
The planting ceremony was covered by Chugoku Newspaper in Japanese: https://www.chugoku-np.co.jp/local/news/article.php?comment_id=566351&comment_sub_id=0&category_id=256
Activities in Hiroshima - August 2019
Preparing to commemorate the 74th anniversary of the A-bombing in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, GLH hosted a small field visit led by Master Gardener Chikara Horiguchi, to greet several Hibaku Jumoku, notably those in Hiroshima Castle and on the bank of Ota River - Kurogane Holly, Eucalyptus, Camphor tree, etc.. The trees are thriving through another summer of excessive heat and humidity here in Japan. Mr. Horiguchi guided us around the city, telling the story of each Hibaku Jumoku while showing archive pictures of the trees taken right after the bombing. The Hibaku Camphor tree in the Motomachi Apartment Housing Compound has grown into the tallest tree among Hibaku Jumoku, 25 meters off the ground. The weeping willow on the bank of Ota River - hibaku-jumoku documented that is closest to the hypocenter - even though half of its trunk is withering and tilting towards the ground, new shoots are sprouting on the other half. The miracle of the survivor trees and their strength continues in Hiroshima.
Tiziana Volta and Partners - July 2019
Thanks to the tireless Tiziana Volta several sites in Italy were entrusted with the Hibaku-Jumoku. These include:
- Ome, Province of Brescia
- Venaus, Metropolitan City of Turin
- Milan, Lombardy
- "Gandhi" Primary School
- Bosco dei Faggi, a memorial to the victims of Linate Airport disaster in 2001
- Molise-Calvairate District
- Livorno, Province of Livorno
- Bolzaneto Primary School, Metropolitan City of Genoa (where the 1967 Morandi bridge collapsed last year, killing 43, fifth bridge to collapse in Italy in the past five years, shedding light on the broader context of aging Italian infrastructure.)
- Reflection Park Giorgi, Province of Parma
- Accadia, Province of Foggia
Tiziana and her partners are also preparing for a trip to the Mediterranean Sea, to share the knowledge of the Hibaku-Jumoku and the peace message of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Their goal is to board the Peace Boat on November 5th in Barcelona.
Tibet Center Austria - July 2019
Three years after a batch of Hibaku seeds arrived in Austria, the first Gingko sapling therein has been planted at the Tibet Center Austria in Huettenberg, Carinthia. At a ceremony filled with peace and friendship, the planting ceremony was the highlight event marking the birthday of H.H. Dalai Lama on 6 July. Gesche Tenzin Dhargye, Master of the Tibet Center, prayed for the Gingko along with Mayor of the town, Josef Ofner as the first A-bombed tree was being planted in Austrian soil.
Check out the website update of Tibet Center Austria in German and English: https://www.tibetcenter.at/ein-gartenfest-zum-geburtstag-des-dalai-lama/
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.