Botanic Garden of the Irkutsk State University
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.
Camphor, bead tree, and jujube seeds arrived safely at the Botanic Garden of the Irkutsk State University. The seeds were planted right away.
"Hiroshima plants at the Botanic Garden of Irkutsk State University became a great attraction and a striking object for many visitors. Visitors like to take photos of the Hiroshima plants and to have their photos taken with Hiroshima plants. Both Hiroshima plants and the Japanese Garden are perfect story tellers for students and visitors at the Botanic Garden," said Dr. Victor Kuzevanov, director of the garden.
Seeds of A-bombed trees were delivered to the Botanical Garden of the Irkutsk State University. The director, Dr. Victor Kuzevanov, and his team received the seeds. The garden celebrated the opening of their Japanese garden in August 2012. About 150 children visit daily the Japanese garden, which as of October 2012, includes the saplings.
Botanical Garden of Tver State University
For a second year, a Day of Open Heart event was held. Another ginkgo sapling, grown from seeds delivered in 2013, was planted in the garden by Japanese students studying Russian in Tver and Moscow.
The Botanical Garden hosted a Day of Open Heart event on August 6, 2014. A ginkgo sapling, grown from seeds delivered June 2013, was planted by a 12-year-old. A memorial ceremony for victims of the tragedy of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima was also held. The Botanical Garden website stated: "We are confident that our objectives and activities of the international competition 'Adopt a Tree!' miraculously coincide with the meaning of Green Legacy Hiroshima. We have a common world, and we should love it! Save this world and preserve life on our planet; we can make it happen all together!"
The ginkgo, jujube, and Kurogane holly seedlings are growing in good health. The ginkgo seedlings will spend winter in an open field, while other species will be in the greenhouse. Only one camphor seedling is growing. The hackberry seeds have not germinated.
In a second trial, ginkgo, jujube, hackberry, and camphor seeds were delivered. The seeds started to germinate and are in good health. Dr. Iurii Naumtsev, director of the botanical garden, personally planted them. He also gave an interview on this occasion to a regional news agency, saying, “It is truly a joy and an honor for us. Pass on our sincere thanks to our colleagues from the Hiroshima Botanical Garden for their help in the shipment." He also wrote to GLH, saying, "I feel as if we were little messengers of peace in the family. Thank you for such a miracle.”
Moscow State University
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.
The seeds planted thanks to the efforts of former UNITAR Hiroshima Office staff and current Moscow State University professor Dr. Sergei Shaposhinikov and his students seem to have thrived on the grounds of the university.
The ginkgo saplings have adapted to their beautiful new home in Moscow and are growing well. The jujube and Kurogane holly still have not germinated.
Moscow State University (MSU) Business School joined Green Legacy Hiroshima. Seeds were sent from Hiroshima Botanical Garden to the MSU Botanical Garden. The partnership was spearheaded by a former UNITAR staff member, MSU’s Professor Sergei Shaposhnikov.