Peace Memorial Park and A-Bomb Dome in Hiroshima City
As a part of activities to extend peace, NFUCA is engaged in distribution of saplings of “Hiroshima Peace Tree” all over the world. First ones were donated to York St. John University in UK in May 2005, followed by donations to International People’s College in Denmark in March 2006, Syiah Kuala University in Indonesia in June 2006 and Mahajana First Grade College in India in June 2008.
The mother tree: Hiroshima Peace Trees are raised from seeds of this A-bombed tree that is still growing today in the park.
“Hiroshima Peace Tree” is the sapling raised from the seed of an A-bombed tree, survived miraculously at the epicenter area, which has been encouraging people to live on. Hiroshima City distributes it to pass on “love for peace” to future generation. NFUCA, at the national meeting of Board of Directors in October 2004, came to the decision to spread the donation over the world.
The mother tree (1st Generation) is now planted in the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima City. The Phoenix Trees (2nd Generation A-bombed Phoenix Tree) are raised from the seeds of the 1st Generation. As one of the activities for “respect for all living things” and for “abolition of nuclear weapons”, Hiroshima City distributes the saplings and they are grown in educational institutions and municipal organizations inside and outside Japan.
The academic name of the Tree is FIRMIANA SIMPLEX, a deciduous tree. The sapling is 60-70cm tall and will grow up to 7-8m tall.
A lady named Suzuko NUMATA, an A-bomb survivor who suffered severe injuries and lost her hope for living, gained again the courage to live on when she saw 3 budding trees in the epicenter.
On 27th of October 2007, Prof. Dianne WILLCOCKS, Vice Chancellor of York St. John University visited Ms. Suzuko NUMATA, a survivor/spokesperson of A-bomb in Hiroshima. In 2005, “Hiroshima Peace Tree” was planted in the “Peace Garden” of the university. Although they met each other for the first time, they looked like old friends.
Plate in front of the A-bombed tree
A sapling of "Hiroshima Peace Tree"