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October 2018:

Hosted by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), the International Organizations II class of Professor Azimi at Hiroshima Shudo University (HSU) conducted its 2018 study visit on October 3. The class, which had earlier explored the history and theory of intergovernmental and non- governmental organizations now aimed, through this study visit, to gain an understanding of some of the practical aspects of international work. Students received a lecture about the work of the Peace Culture Village by its founder and chairman of board, Mr. Steve Leeper. They then learned about the work of UNITAR and the A-bomb trees through the global seed campaign Green Legacy Hiroshima. The study visit concluded a walk and commentary on a few A-bombed survivor trees in and around the Peace Memorial Park.

September 2018:

September 28–The collaborative TaikenJissen between Hiroshima Shudo University and GLH received a special visit and lecture from master-gardener Mr. Horiguchi. Students were also given a briefing about the Peace Memorial Park and the Hiroshima Aogiri tree.

July 2018:

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

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.

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.

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.

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!

March 2018:

In the beautiful setting sun in and around the Memorial Park, a brief talk and visit guided by GLH on Hiroshima’s reconstruction and the A-bomb survivor trees for vistors from Poland, California as well as some of the bright participants from the 'UNITAR Hiroshima Women's Empowerment and Leadership Training for Afghanistan and Iraq'

March 2018:

On March 3 a group of 31 attending the Hiroshima Office-organized training on ‘UNITAR Hiroshima Nuclear Disarmament and Non-proliferation Training Programme’ visited the iconic A-bombed survivor trees of Hiroshima, the hibakujumoku. They were happy to be guided by GLH Master-Gardener Chikara Horiguchi and the UNITAR/GLH team.

February 2018:

February 2018

GLH in UN Magazine

An essay by Co-founder of GLH, Nassrine Azimi, just published in UN Special

https://www.unspecial.org/2018/02/hiroshimas-green-timeless-legacy/

December 2017:

Season's Greeting from GLH Hiroshima Team

The Kurogane holly at Hiroshima Castle maybe the perfect tree in this season, to bring you our best wishes for a happy, healthy and peaceful 2018.

November 2017:

The season's seed picking continued at Atago Pond, where the GLH team collected seeds from the persimmon and Japanese hackberry trees.

November 2017:

The seed-picking season continued with GLH working group members gathering to collect seeds from the Shukkeien garden ginkgo and the Hiroshima Castle Kurogane holly.

November 2017:

Seed picking for the 2017-18 season, led by Master Gardener Chikara Horiguchi, began with the jujube tree on Peace Boulevard on 18 September.

October 2017:

A French team, led by author and filmmaker Claude Faber, visited Hiroshima to film hibakujumoku and interview Ms. Azimi and Master Gardener Chikara Horiguchi. 

October 2017:

GLH Co-Founder and Coordinator Nassrine Azimi's Shudo University students visited the UNITAR Hiroshima Office, which included learning about GLH.

October 2015:

The Chinese parasol tree sapling, delivered in 2012, did not survive. A new sapling was brought back to AHI by its international trainees.

September 2014:

The Chinese parasol tree sapling is in good health. 

September 2013:

The Chinese parasol tree sapling, received in September 2012, shed its leaves, but this April new leaves started to grow. It is now 30 cm in height, in good health, and has many leaves. 

September 2012:

A Chinese parasol tree (aogiri) sapling was given to the delegation from the Asian Health Institute (AHI) at the ANT-Hiroshima office.

April 2017:

The ginkgo survived the winter and is clad in fresh green.

November 2016:

The ginkgo sapling preparing for the winter.

December 2015:

The ginkgo sapling is ready to welcome the cold winter of Kashiwazaki City, Niigata.

October 2015:

The ginkgo sapling is growing and losing its leaves for the winter. 

April 2015:

On 10 April 2015, in commemoration of the opening of the New Main Office building, a ginkgo sapling was planted at the company courtyard.

November 2012:

A planting ceremony was held on 11 November 2012. Mayor Matsui and the mayor of Volgograd City, Russia, attended.

September 2015:

Yoshino cherry sapling growing in good health.

October 2014:

A Yoshino cherry sapling, descendant of the cherry tree in front of Hiroshima City Hall, was delivered on 4 October 4 2014.

May 2017:

The Kurogane holly and Japanese hackberry saplings are growing firmly

January 2017:

Kurogane holly growing strongly even though it got half-buried by snow.

April 2016:

Students made a signboard for the sapling. After the current sixth-grade class graduates, the new group of sixth graders will take care of the tree.

December 2015:

The Yoshino cherry sapling was planted in the schoolyard.

October 2015:

Sixth graders from Nakanoshima Elementary School visited Hiroshima on their school excursion and, after a lecture about A-bombed trees, took back a second-generation Yoshino cherry, to be planted in their schoolyard in December.

June 2014:

A Chinese parasol tree sapling was delivered to Ofunato City, Iwate Prefecture. It will be planted in Midorimachi Park, which is being revived from the damage caused by the Tōhoku earthquake.

April 2015:

On 18 April, a group of fifth-grade students from the Osaka YMCA International School visited the survivor trees on Hiroshima Peace Boulevard as part of their study trip, in order to prepare for a presentation on peace activities. The children impressed the GLH team with their thorough preparation and clever questions. GLH wished the children luck in completing their exceptional project and in spreading the green, generous message of Hiroshima's trees.

January 2017:

Students of Biodiversity and Environmental Chemistry courses got together in front of the Yoshino cherry sapling. 

July 2016:

Introduction to Environmental Studies students greet the cherry sapling.

August 2015:

APU and Hiroshima University peace forum participants visited the Kurogane holly at Hiroshima's Rai Sanyo Memorial garden.

June 2014:

The Yoshino cherry is growing in good health beside its commemorative plaque.

October 2013:

To mark United Nations Day, a Yoshino cherry was planted on the campus of Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) in Oita Prefecture. Planted by APU President Shun Korenaga and GLH Co-Founder Nassrine Azimi, the ceremony was attended by Vice President Edgar Porter, Professor Faezeh Mahichi, and a number of interested faculty and members of the press. The following day, students of Professor Mahichi visited the newly planted sapling to welcome it to the APU grounds. They reflected on the question "What else can we do to convey the message of peace from the people of Hiroshima?"

June 2014:

The ginkgo and Chinese parasol tree saplings are growing well.

December 2012:

The Kizuna Project team (kizuna means ties or bonds in Japanese) from ASEAN countries, accompanied by members of Japan Overseas Cooperative Association, visited Fukushima Prefecture and planted ginkgo and Chinese parasol tree saplings at a kindergarten in Soma City.

Tokushima Prefectural Senior High School of Science and Technology

〒770-0006 Tokushima Prefecture, Tokushima, Kitayasocho, 2 Chome-1-1

August 2016:

Students from Tokushima Prefectural Senior High School of Science and Technology, which is affiliated with the Tokushima UNESCO Association, visited Hiroshima on the 18 August. They were given a Chinese parasol tree sapling and also toured the mother tree, which is located near Peace Memorial Museum. 

July 2016:

Tomoko Watanabe, GLH co-founder, presented a cherry sapling at Yanominami Elementary School's peace event.

September 2014:

A ginkgo sapling, planted in the school yard on 14 July 2014, is growing in good health.

November 2012:

Chinese parasol tree and Japanese fern palm saplings were presented to the school on 16 November 2012.

July 2017:

The persimmon and camphor trees are growing larger.

July 2014:

The saplings are growing well and will be replanted in the courtyard in the near future.

November 2013:

Saplings of Kurogane holly (20 cm tall), camphor (20 cm tall), and persimmon (30 cm tall) are growing well.