A joint UNITAR/ANT-Hiroshima Initiative
Green Legacy Hiroshima has been established to safeguard and spread worldwide the seeds and saplings of Hiroshima’s A-Bomb survivor trees. It is hoped that many partners will join this initiative and become active ambassadors in their countries of Hiroshima, its peace message and its green legacy.
76th UNITAR Hiroshima Public Session
“Green Legacy Hiroshima: Encounters with Nature, Science, War and Memory”
The UNITAR Hiroshima Office, in collaboration with ANT-Hiroshima, recently held a Public Session that examined the continued efforts of Green Legacy Hiroshima to spread worldwide seeds and saplings of Hiroshima’s A-Bomb survivor trees. The Public Session served as an opportunity to reflect on the deeper meaning and message of A-bomb survivor trees, and was attended by more than 100 representatives of the wider Hiroshima community.
- Status of 2013-14 Seed Collection -
The seed picking for the Ginkgo biloba survivor tree took place at Hiroshima's historical Shukkeien Garden on Oct. 26. About 15 people -- Green Legacy Hiroshima members and family, gathered for the annual activity.
- The Institute for Global Initiatives at Kennesaw University, USA
On 21 March 2014, marking the Spring Equinox during its 'Year of Japan Conference', the Institute for Global Initiatives at Kennesaw University in Georgia, USA will hold a ceremony to plant three Hiroshima survivor Gingko trees. More information will be made available shortly.
- Colombia, Universidad Icesi
On 27 Feb., 2014, a 2nd generation sapling of Hiroshima A-bombed tree was planted at the Eafit University new campus in the city of Medellin with some 300 people participating in the ceremony. There was attendance from the university community as well as participants of the Third National Congress of the Colombia International Studies Association (Redintercol) .
- Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany
On 25 Feb., 2014, Ginkgo seeds were delivered to Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany - to the 2020 Vision Campaigner of Mayors for Peace. There will be a gardening show this year and when the saplings are strong enough, they will be presented to their twin cities and other German Mayors for Peace.
- Tembusu College at National University of Singapore
To mark Earth Day, on 22 April 2014 in a ceremony to be held at Tembusu College, National University of Singapore, a young Cinnamomum camphor sapling, descendent of a survivor camphor tree in Hiroshima, will be planted (photos of students and faculty with some saplings in April 2013).
- Lecture to “Young Leaders' Program,” Graduate School of Medicine, Nagoya University – January 17, 2014
- Highschool students and YMCA staff family in Hiroshima learned about A-bombed trees and had a tree tour – January 13, 2014
Nichia Gakuin presented the saplings grown to two institutions: On 30 Nov., one Persimmon sapling was planted at Association Japonesa Escobar, city of Escobar, 55km from Buenos Aires, and on 19 Dec., a Camphor sapling at Universidad Nacional de San Martin Campus Miguelete. These activities have been introduced in many media. (Pictures below are from UNSAM planting ceremony)
For more information, please visit the website of their Seeds of Peace Project.
- Embassy of Afghanistan, Tokyo - November
Updates received on the healthy and growing Hiroshima Aogiri, planted at the Embassy of Afghanistan in Tokyo, in June 2012.
- Tver State Univ. - November
Seedlings of Ginkgo, Jujube, and Kurogane holly are growing in good health. Ginkgo seedlings will spend winter in open field, other species in the greenhouse. Regarding Camphor, only one seedling is growing. No germination of Japanese hackberry seeds.
- Yokohama Institute for Earth Sciences (YES) of the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) - November
Saplings of Kurogane holly (20cm in height), Camphor (20cm in height), and Persimmon (30cm in height) are growing well.
- Nichia Gakuin - October 19 / November 10, 2013
A Ginkgo sapling, grown at Nichia Gakuin, was planted at the municipal government house of City of 9 de Julio. The ceremony marked city’s 150thfoundation anniversary. And on November 10, three Persimmon saplings were planted at the Japanese Garden in Buenos Aires, with Nichia Gakuin’s chorus participating.
- Planting ceremony at APU – October 24, 2013
To mark United Nations Day, a survivor Somei yoshino Sakura was planted on the campus of the Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU), in Oita Prefecture, Japan. Planted by APU President Shun Korenaga and UNITAR Senior Advisor and GLH Co-Founder Nassrine Azimi, the ceremony was attended by Pro 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 her on the grounds of APU, while reflecting on the question: 'What else can we do to convey the message of peace from the people of Hiroshima?'
- Tehran Peace Museum –October 9, 2013
The staff of the Tehran Peace Museum had worried about the health of Ginkgo saplings, so following advice of their gardeners and a Gingko specialist, on Oct. 9 they planted four small Ginkgo saplings near the southern wall of the museum, close to the gardening center and the large Ginkgo tree which has been living in the city park since decades. They are hoping the saplings will thus survive the cold and dry autumn/winter climate of Tehran and flourish in their new site.
For more information, please contact Green Legacy Hiroshima Co-Founders/Coordinators
Green Legacy Hiroshima tree database researched and prepared by Nassrine Azimi, Naoko Koizumi, Senkuu and ANT-Hiroshima staff. Logo designed and gifted by Atsushi Seo.
- UNITAR Hiroshima
- ANT Hiroshima (JPN)
- Hiroshima Botanical Garden
- Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation (ENG/JPN)
- Hiroshima University (ENG/JPN)
- Green Greetings
- City of Hiroshima: A-bombed Trees (JPN)
- Survivors: The A-bombed Trees of Hiroshima (site)
- Survivors: The A-bombed Trees of Hiroshima (book)
- Hiroshima Peace Media Center