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October 16, 2010

Peace Exhibition of HIROSHIMA, NAGASAKI, JAPAN held at Njombe (October 15-16, 2010)

PhotoMr. Oshita is teaching how to make a paper crane in a traditional paper craft, which is a symbol of peace, at Njombe FDC.

A grandson of the victim of the atomic bomb which was dropped in Hiroshima during the 2nd World War, Mr. Oshita, in collaboration with a Japanese volunteer, Ms. Ishikawa, held a peace exhibition at Njombe FDC on 15th and 16th October, 2010.

Mr. Oshita is currently a member of the JOCV (Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers) working as an automobile maintenance lecturer at Njombe FDC, and Ms. Ishikawa is working at Njombe Town Council as a rural development officer.

Mr. Oshita's grandmother was attacked by the atomic bomb when she was 23 years old, and is to-date still suffering from the after effects of the bomb. Through his grandmothers' experiences   Mr. Oshita has, since his childhood, developed an intense desire for the prevalence of peace in the world. He hates wars and related activities.

On 15th October, the two volunteers organized lectures and presentations on the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at Njombe FDC and neighbouring Mpechi Secondary School, and on 16th October, they held a photo exhibition at the FDC.

In particular, they introduced the article which was written by Mr. Oshita's grandmother and showed DVD and photos on how Hiroshima was when the bomb was dropped and how it has developed after the war. In the lecture room they talked about the war itself, and how Japanese people rebuilt the country after the end of the war.

PhotoStudents are looking at posters and photos at FDC Njombe

In total, about 250 people including students of FDC and Mpechi Secondary School attended their lecture and the exhibition. Many people watched DVD and photos very eagerly, some even took notes in front of the posters which explain how the atomic bomb destructed the two cities and has yielded the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to suffer over generations. The messages, which were written by attendants of this exhibition, will be sent to Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Both cities have been appealing the importance of the peace to the world. These messages from the people living outside Japan will support the effort of Japanese people to make peace in the world.

They hope that it would be a good chance for both Tanzanian and Japanese people to remember PEACE, and think about what we can do to achieve a peaceful world.

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