Mr. Komizo, Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation, visited the Japanese Garden in Buenos Aires. Persimmon saplings growing well.
A ginkgo sapling was planted at the San Andrés Golf Club, which is surrounded by 114 acres of woodlands.
A ginkgo sapling was planted at Liceo Militar General San Martin, which has a kindergarten, elementary, and middle school. Julio, Seed of Peace coordinator, gave a presentation on GLHI and Seeds of Peace.
A ginkgo sapling was planted at Kyowa-en, a recreation and sports facility of the Japanese Association Burzaco (AJB). The vice-consul of Japan, a JICA volunteers coordinator, representatives from the municipality, AJB members, and associates and guests attended the planting ceremony.
On 18 May, a ginkgo sapling was planted at the Okinawan center Uruma en.
On 29 June, a ginkgo sapling was presented to priests and parishioners at San Martin´s Cathedral, City of San Martin, Province of Buenos Aires.
On April 27, a camphor sapling was planted at the secondary school Colegio Nacional No. 1 "Domingo Faustino Sarmiento" in the city of Parana (480 kms from Buenos Aires), thanks to the effort of Rotary Club Parana del Parque.
A ginkgo sapling grown at Nichia Gakuin was planted at the city's municipal government house on 9 July. The ceremony marked the 150th anniversary of the city's founding. On November 10, three persimmon saplings were planted at the Japanese Garden in Buenos Aires, with Nichia Gakuin’s chorus participating.
During November and December 2013, Nichia Gakuin presented saplings to two institutions: One persimmon sapling was planted at Association Japonesa Escobar, 55 km from Buenos Aires; a camphor sapling was given to Universidad Nacional de San Martin Campus Miguelete. Pictures below are from the UNSAM planting ceremony.
A ginkgo sapling that has been shown at every presentation of Nichia Gakuin's project had a green sprout on top. Nichia Gakuin receives many emails asking for little trees.
The Seed of Peace project continued as, on 6 August 2013, members of Seed of Peace held a minute of silence in commemoration of Hiroshima and visited A-bombing posters. The Seed of Peace project has been selected as one of three finalists in the Ideas Nikkei program, and a presentation to 500 Nikkei delegates from the United States is under preparation.
Ms. Keiko Miyagi of the Buenos Aires Japanese Garden visited Hiroshima on 14 April. The connection was established by Julio Bernal, a GLH partner in Argentina. A rainy but moving encounter with the survivor trees.
One year has passed since Nichia Gakuin applied to GLH. The development of the Seeds of Peace project was explained by our committed friend and partner, Julio Bernal, to the local community. The seeds in Argentina are growing in leaps and bounds!
Green Legacy's partner in Argentina, Mr. Julio Bernal, said the seeds recently arrived under his care have almost all survived the trip. He gave an interview about the seeds to Argentina's second most important newspaper, La nacion, in September 2012. Nichia Gakuin's executive directors, general manager, and administrative director gathered to discuss the GLH project in September 2012. The organization was invited to explain this project in November at Argentina's Congress Library.