Green Legacy Hiroshima: Archived News
Status of 2014-15 Seed Collection
The 2014-2015 season seed collection had its highlight around the Ginkgo biloba survivor tree at Hiroshima's historical Shukkeien Garden on November. 2, 2014. A dozen volunteers -- Green Legacy Hiroshima core team and working group members from UNITAR, Hiroshima University, and Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation -- gathered for the annual, productive activity. Seeds of Kurogane holly at Hiroshima Castle, and Camphor at Motomachi area were also collected on the same day.
On December 15, 2014, seed collection for the Persimmon, Japanese hackberry, and Kurogane holly survivor trees took place at Atago Pond and in Motomachi. Earlier in the season Jujube seeds had been collected from the mother tree on Peace Boulevard.
Nakanoshima Elementary School, Tokushima, Japan
Someiyoshino sapling was planted in the schoolyard.
City of Granollers, Spain
In May 2012 Mayors for Peace had provided seeds to some conference participants in Vienna. The City of Granollers is one recipient of the seeds - by December 2015 around 15 seedlings (Ginkgo tree and Persimmon) growing at a private nursery there.
Bourbon Co., Ltd. Japan
December 2015: Ginkgo sapling ready to welcome the cold winter of Kashiwazaki-shi, Niigata, Japan.
GLH 18th Working Group Meeting (November 27, 2015)
Report of the meeting (PDF, 376KB)
Rochester, Massachusetts, USA
November 2015: Ginkgo saplings in good health. However following advice of the Arnold Arboretum, planting originally scheduled for fall 2015 postponed to spring of 2016. In addition to Rochester, the saplings will be planted at Tufts University, the Arnold Arboretum, Avon and Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire.
Sarajevo City, Bosnia & Herzegovina
November 2015: Ginkgo sapling has grown 13-15cm since last year.
Yano Nishi Elementary School, Hiroshima, Japan
November 2015: Peace candle event was held alongside the Chinese parasol tree song.
Nakanoshima Elementary School, Tokushima, Japan
October 2015: 6th graders from Nakanoshima Elementary School visited Hiroshima on their school excursion and after a lecture about A-bombed trees, took back a 2nd generation Someiyoshino, to be planted in their schoolyard in December.
Radlje of Dravi City, Slovenia
October 2015: Seeds, planted in May, have germinated.
Fredrikstad City, Department of Parks, Norway
October 2015: Seeds of Ginkgo and Jujube planted by Mayor and children.
Japanese Friendship Garden Society of San Diego
October, 2015: In a planting ceremony on October 2nd, sapling which had been delivered by Nassrine in July was planted in the garden grounds. Mr. Mike Kawamura, 2nd Vice President and originally from Hiroshima, gave a speech. The largest sapling, Camphor, is now named “Peace Tree.” Mr. Kawamura visited GLH office in Hiroshima on October 14.
Asian Health Institute, Japan
October 2015: A Chinese parasol sapling, delivered in 2012, did not survive. A new sapling was brought back to AHI by their international trainees.
Emden, Germany (report from Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany)
A Ginkgo sapling presented by Mr. Wolfgang of Schwäbisch Gmünd to the Mayor of Emden, Mr. Bernd Bornemann, at a film event in the Emder Friedenstage.
Bourbon, Co., Niigata, Japan
October 2015: Ginkgo sapling growing and losing its leaves for the winter.
- Municipality of Saint-Sulpice, Switzerland
October 2015: Ginkgo sapling delivered to the municipality of Sait-Suplice, to be planted on college grounds in the future.
- ICRC, Switzerland
October 2015: Ginkgo sapling, planted in 2013, growing in good health.
No Gun Ri City, South Korea
September 2015: Ginkgo sapling is growing, taller than 50cm.
Ypres City, Belgium
September 2015: The city had received the seeds from Mayors for Peace in May, 2012. Seedlings of Ginkgo and Camphor are growing in pots.
First 2015 seed collection: Jujube seeds collected on 18 September 2015
Kyoseian, Hiroshima, Japan
September 2015: Someiyoshino sapling growing in good health.
September 2015: Camphor sapling delivered to Kompong Speu Provincial Teacher Training Center in 2014 did not survive and a new sapling just sent.
Sapling at Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, Kingdom of Cambodia, is growing in good health.
September 2015: The Afghan National Women’s Football team visited Hiroshima under the auspices of UNITAR. In their many and extensive programs they also had a lecture on GLH and a walking tour of A-bombed trees.
Oberlin College, USA
September 2015: Tomoko visited Oberlin College with saplings of Ginkgo, Wisteria, and Chinese Parasol. GLH, Shansi, and Oberlin College signed an MOU, as part of a long-term cooperation.
Local newspaper article (PDF, 2 MB)
Frogn City, Norway
August 2015: 16 Ginkgo saplings, growing at Norwegian University of Life Sciences, are about 50cm in height.
GLH 17th WG meeting (27 August, 2015)
Report of the meeting (PDF, 106 KB)
Tver State University Botanical Garden, Russia
August 2015: For the second year, a "Day of Open Heart" was held. Another Ginkgo sapling, grown from seeds delivered in 2013, was planted in the garden with Japanese students studying Russian in Tver and Moscow.
Universidad Austral de Chile
August 2015: Held an exposition with the seedlings of Hiroshima A-bombed trees for 10 days, including a ceremony on the 6th with local authorities, members of UNESCO, INDH (National Institute of Human Rights) and Japanese Embassy at the "Casa Museo Santa Rosa de Apoquindo", in Santiago.
Radio Cooperativa (Chilean radio):
Local TV channel in Santiago:
The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (NAPF), Santa Barbara, CA, USA
August 2015: Mr. Rick Wayman, director of programs and operations at NAPF, visited Hiroshima. Had a tree tour with Nassrine. Reported that camellia saplings growing healthily in Santa Barbara.
Bluegrass Community and Technical College, KY, USA
August 2015: Seeds of Ginkgo and Persimmon to be sent.
Ritsumeikan Asia-Pacific University and Hiroshima University
August 2015: Visiting the Kurogane Holly at Hiroshima's Rai Sanyo Memorial garden, with APU Ritsumeikan and Hiroshima University peace forum participants.
City of New Haven Peace Commission, CN, USA
August 2015: One of the Ginkgo saplings, which have been grown in Rochester under the care of Mr. MaCue, has been assigned to New Haven.
Japanese Friendship Garden Society of San Diego, USA
July 2015: Seedlings of Ginkgo, Wisteria, Chinese parasol and Camphor were delivered. Hiroshima saplings settling in their new home under watch of Japanese Friendship Garden's David Brazier
Vilnius University Botanical Garden, Lithuania
July 2015: Ginkgo biloba seedlings (grown from seeds) are growing healthily in Vilnius University Botanical garden. At the moment they are about 30 cm high and starting adaptation to Lithuanian climate (relocated for this aim into outdoor bed).
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, The Republic of South Africa
July 2015: all four species have germinated exceptionally well and are all thriving in the glasshouses at Kirstenbosch. Ilex rotunda and Cinnamomum camphora already exceed 2m in height. All four species will be planted out in the ground in a specially prepared site within Kirstenbosch this coming spring (September 2015).
City of Renens, Swizerland
July 2015: Seeds of Ginkgo tree dispatched. Receipt confirmed.
Aberdeen City Council, Scotland, UK
June 2015: Seeds of Ginkgo dispatched. Receipt confirmed.
Yano-Nishi Elementary School, Hiroshima Japan
July 2015: Somei-Yoshino sapling was planted.
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), USA
Spring 2015: Ginkgo sapling was planted in UCLA's Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden
May 24, 2015: To commemorate the creation of new A-bombed tree plaques, a special event to learn more about the trees, and to install the new plaques on each tree was held. More than 140 citizens, from elementary school children to people in their 80s’, joined the event. Mayor Matsui installed the new plaques on the Chinese parasol in Peace Memorial Park.
Batsford Arboretum, UK
May 2015: Seeds of Ginkgo tree and Kurogane holly delivered.
Concordia University, Canada
May 2015: Ginkgo seeds sent.
Yoav Daniel Bar-Ness
Interview with Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Hobart (in English, mp3, 1.9 MB)
GLH 15th WG meeting (27 February, 2015)
Report of the meeting (PDF, 181 KB)
83rd UNITAR Public Session: Green Legacy Hiroshima – A Heritage for the Future
25 February 2015, Hiroshima, Japan - Green Legacy Hiroshima (GLH), co-founded as a voluntary initiative in July 2011 and institutionally supported by UNITAR, ANT-Hiroshima, as well as other local institutions, has the objective to safeguard and spread worldwide the seeds and saplings of Hiroshima’s A-bomb survivor trees. It now has established partnerships in more than 25 countries.
In December 2014, GLH was registered as a Future Heritage Project (Mirai-Isan) by the National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan. The UNITAR Public Session will therefore be dedicated to a special award ceremony, marking this nomination.
Date/Time Friday, March 6, 2015 18:30-20:15
Location Hiroshima International Conference Center B2 Conference Room “RAN”
Language The session will be held in Japanese, English translation is available during Q&A.
Registration Please register by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by telephone (082-511-2424) or fax. (082-211-0511)
Registration fee No registration fees required
Flyer of the event (Japanese and English, PDF, 491 KB)
Article by YD Bar-Ness on Hibaku trees (PDF, 2 MB)
Green Legacy Hiroshima Registered as a Future Heritage Project (Mirai-Isan) by the National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan
In December 2014, Green Legacy Hiroshima was registered as a Future Heritage Project (Mirai-Isan) by the National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan. The award is given each year to selected projects, that meet the Future Heritage requirements. The 2015 UNITAR Public Session for Green Legacy Hiroshima was therefore dedicated to a special ceremony marking this nomination. The Secretary-General of the Japan UNESCO Association, Mr. Noboru Noguchi, alongside members of the UNESCO Japan secretariat came from Tokyo for the ceremony. It was a full-house event, with the Ran conference room at the Peace Memorial International Center full to capacity.
The official UNESCO award was handed by the Secretary-General to GLH co-founders, Nassrine Azimi and Tomoko Watanabe.
After the welcome message by the head of the Hiroshima Office Mihoko Kumamoto and a statement by the Mayor of Hiroshima Kazumi Matsui, an introductory video on GLH was presented. Master gardener Chikara Horiguchi and GLH working group member, the architect Akio Nishikiori, made short presentations on the history of Hiroshima's revival. The official UNESCO award was handed by the Secretary-General to GLH co-founders, Nassrine Azimi and Tomoko Watanabe. Professor Kosaku Maeda, a prominent scholar of the Silk Road and cultural heritage, gave the superb keynote speech, making a passionate plea for the preservation of humanity's cultural heritage and emphasizing the relevance of Hiroshima's A-bomb survivor trees in this context.
Photos (from left to right) Mayor of Hiroshima, Kazumi Matsui, Director General, UNESCO Associations of Japan, Noboru Noguchi
Photos (from left to right) Keynote speaker, Professor Kosaku Maeda, GLH Working Group Members with the UNESCO delegation
Leaflet of the Green Legacy Hiroshima initiative (PDF, 2.7 MB)
The Silk Road as a Path to Peace (keynote speech by Professor Kosaku Maeda, PDF, 6.7 MB, text mostly in Japanese)
Green Legacy Hiroshima receives 2014 award from the Hiroshima Peace Creative Fund
4 March 2014, Hiroshima, Japan - Green Legacy Hiroshima, the global Initiative supported by UNITAR, the NGO ANT-Hiroshima and a host of local and global partners, which was co-founded by UNITAR's senior advisor Nassrine Azimi and ANT executive director Tomoko Watanabe, has won the prize awarded by the Hiroshima Peace Creative Fund. The award ceremony took place in Hiroshima on 3 March 2014.
Since 1994, when Hiroshima hosted the Asian Games, many groups and individuals have developed international exchanges to encourage mutual understanding and long-lasting friendships.
The prize started as part of the activities of the Hiroshima International Culture Foundation in 1998, and was succeeded since 2012 by the Hiroshima Peace Creative Fund. Two other groups - the Hiroshima Volunteer Interpreters and SALAM, a women's group assisting Palestinian counterparts, also won awards.
Related link: Chugoku Shimbun newspaper coverage (in Japanese)
76th UNITAR Hiroshima Public Session "Green Legacy Hiroshima: Encounters with Nature, Science, War and Memory"
October 23, 2013 - 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.
Green Legacy Hiroshima was established in July 2011. It aims to work with many diverse people and communities – those striving for a world free from nuclear threats, those committed to a greener planet, those hoping to honor and remember victims of wars past and present, or those simply wanting to create peace gardens in their communities. Launched as a volunteer initiative a few months after the catastrophic 2011 Tohoku Region earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident, and with institutional support by UNITAR and ANT-Hiroshima, Green Legacy Hiroshima has quickly found resonance among a wide range of individuals and institutions in Hiroshima and around the world: seeds or saplings of the A-Bomb survivor trees now grow in about 20 countries.
The Public Session opened with a presentation by Nassrine Azimi, UNITAR Senior Advisor, examining the vision and action of Green Legacy Hiroshima to date, including an outline of some of the countries to which seeds and saplings have successfully been sent. This was followed by Mr. Chikara Horiguchi, Arborist, outlining the specific genus of the survivor trees, and the methods of their propagation. Noted Hiroshima Architect and Atomic-bomb Survivor, Mr. Akio Nishikori then examined Hiroshima’s recovery and the formation of urban beauty.
Professor Masakazu Suzuki, of Tsukuba University, followed with an outline of his research into the trees themselves, in particular the fact that some 80% of survivor trees with a single trunk lean toward the hypocenter. Professor Suzuki proposes that this is due to the fact that cells on the side of the trunk facing the hypocenter were damaged by the bomb’s heat rays and radiation, making the exposed side grow more slowly than the other. A question and answer period concluded the Public Session.
First in the 2013-2014 seed-picking season – the Jujube!
19 September 2013 - The Jujube tree (Ziziphus jujuba) on Peace Boulevard offered the first bounty of the GLH seed-picking season this year. Thanks to botanical advisors Horiguchi san and Sera san, new efforts to have seeds germinate have started (last year we were not successful!).
GLH started its third year, now accompanied by partners in some 20 countries.
Sally Fegan-Wyles, Executive Director of UNITAR visited some of the survivor trees.
On Saturday 27 April 2013 Sally Fegan-Wyles, Executive Director of UNITAR, accompanied by the Green Legacy Hiroshima team, visited some of the survivor trees. Mr. Yasuyoshi Komizo, Chairperson of the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation and Mr. Akio Nishikiori, President of the Hiroshima Architects Association - both members of the Green Legacy Hiroshima Working Group -- joined the tour on a beautiful sunny day. The visit took the group to the memorial of Dr. Marcel Junod, head of the ICRC delegation at the time of the atomic bombing, and a well-loved, renowned figure in Hiroshima. For this occasion, a second-generation Gingko biloba sapling, destined to be planted on the ICRC grounds at its headquarters in Geneva, was handed over to the UNITAR delegation. Thanks to Sally and Alex Mejia, the sapling has now arrived safely in the hands of the gardeners at ICRC headquarters, and will be planted this year in a special ceremony marking 6 August.
IPPNW World Congress: Lecture "Investing in Peace or Investing in Violence?" by Nassrine Azimi, 25 August 2012
"The World Heritage in Japan", Asahi Shimbun Publications, Vol. 18, 12 August 2012 (In Japanese) p. 22, p. 23
Visit to Hiroshima by Deputy Director of Irkutsk Botanical Gardens,
August 2012 - Dr. Svetlana Sizykh, and Agricultural Counselor of Embassy of Chile, Tokyo, Mr. Vicente Pinto visited Hiroshima
The 67th anniversary of the world's first atomic bomb attack in Hiroshima in 1945
On 6 August 2012, the day of the 67th anniversary of the world's first atomic bomb attack in Hiroshima in 1945, UNITAR and the new entity representing Green Legacy Hiroshima Initiative finalized a Memorandum of Understanding that will build upon the work undertaken over the past year during the pilot phase for three additional years. Click for More
Green Legacy Hiroshima Plants a Second Generation A-Bombed Persimmon Tree on Hiroshima`s Peace Boulevard
To mark the visit of the UNITAR Executive Director Dr. Carlos Lopes, H.E. Mayor Matsui and the Green Legacy Working Group gathered for a tree-planting ceremony on 30 March 2012. On the occassion, a stone memorial was also dedicated by Dr. Lopes. Children from the chorus "I Pray" offered a musical performance in honour of the event.
Mayor of Hiroshima expresses his full support to the Green Legacy Hiroshima initiative, 9 February 2012 (Web Page)
Hiroshima Mayor H.E. Kazumi Matsui meets with Green Legacy Hiroshima team at City Hall, 9 February 2012 (.pdf)
(広島市広報課提供/photo courtesy of Hiroshima City)