2015.9.30diary

Sports Festival Part 1

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We held a sports festival on September 17th.
Second-year senior high school students’ activities were “a tug of war” and “a costume parade”.
They had a tug of war in the morning.
Two teams pulled hard against each other with a rope.
Then, the yellow team won a close game with the white team.
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Next, they had a costume parade in the afternoon.
The contents of performance was very exciting and easy to understand.
The appearance of various costumes were really attractive, too.
The performance was wonderful!
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We made a happy memory.
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Hello everyone! We’ll talk more about the IYCPF in this fourth blog. During the conference, we had many opportunity to learn about peace, especially the atomic bomb. We’ll describe visiting Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and listening to a victim’s experience of the atomic bomb.

 

 

○Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

On August 7 we, the participants of IYCPF visited the Peace Memorial Museum.   It wasn’t the first experienced to know about the atomic bomb for members of Hiroshima, because they have been studying about peace since they were elementary pupil. However, by visiting there and learning it again, we were able to have stronger thoughts for peace than before. Now, haw about members coming from other countries? We asked them.

 

Davids Wachiraya (Thailand)
Firstly when I entered the museum I felt depressed. I saw a lot of things that the war effected. How poor they are. I can’t explain. I think everything in there will remind us. In the future ,don’t do things like this.

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↑We took a picture at the exit of peace memorial museum.

 

○A story of Keiko Ogura

Keiko Ogura, who was born on August 4th in 1937, is A-bomb victims. She has been speaking about her experience. She was exposed to radiation on the age of 8 at Ushita-cho. In 1981, she established a Hiroshima Interpreters for Peace . She has told her experience of the atomic bomb at the international conference in English.
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You can read her story of the atomic bomb here http://www.pcf.city.hiroshima.jp/hpcf/heiwabunka/pcj178/Japanese/07J.html

 

It has been 70 years since the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima and the average age of the surviving victims is over 80. How can their experiences be passed on to the next generation. We, the young people, are the last generation who can listen to the victims’ experiences directly. It makes us really feel that we must tell our children their memories.

 

 

We have to share opinions of peace, war, and so on and act positively. What ideas do you have about peace? Why don’t you make an opportunity to share ideas and then have deeper thoughts about peace.

 

Thank you for reading. In next blog, we’ll introduce about the days when we visited Miyajima and members’ homestay days.

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Hello, everyone! We’ll talk more about the IYCPF in this third blog. During the conference, we had many opportunity to learn about Japanese culture. We’ll describe visiting Funairi High School and Motomachi High School and going to Uedawahudo for tea ceremony.

 

○Visiting Funairi High School and Motomachi High School

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First, a student’s father taught us how to play the Syakuhachi. His explanation was very easy to understand, but it was still difficult to play a melody.

Then, we wrote kanji, for example the kanji for love (愛), cherry blossom (桜), and truth (誠) on fans.

Finally, we were taught to play “Sakura” on the koto. It is a beautiful song.

Vincent Caspers from Germany said :
“I really liked the school visit since it offered me and the other people who visited Funairi High School a great view on Japanese culture and school life. Japanese schools are kind of different from German ones but in a positive way. I was very impressed by how friendly and polite everyone was… Politeness is definitely no strength of German schools to be honest. We were offered a possibility to try out Japanese calligraphy and Koto. But first off we tried out Shakuhachi, a really difficult Japanese flute. I barely was able to play a melody and in fact only three people were able to produce something else other than plain noise. It was really funny and everyone was laughing because we all had fun trying. After that I experienced that my talent in calligraphy was… Let’s just say it was way below average. It was fun anyway and I had a great time. Playing the Koto was even better for me since I finally succeeded in somethingWe were taught to play “Sakura” which is a beautiful song .
When we had to leave I came to take a look of some boys playing soccer on a big field in the playground of the school. I was surprised that a school had such a big soccer field and it looked awesome even though I’m totally not into soccer. When we left all the students and parents who helped to organize our visit waved us goodbye, it was a moving picture.”

 

Motomachi High School

We experienced Kendo and Kyudo.
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Konokarn Nuangsakul (Thailand) It was a special activity. I’m interested in Japanese sports. I didn’t know how to do Kendo or Kyudo before. The students and teachers taught us well and gave me a chance to try.

 

Frank Tandwe (Malawi)
I loved the school visit, since it was my second time. I knew I’d experience Kendo again and I’m a fan of both. I also want to mention art exhibitions and the warm welcome by the students who were also very polite.

 

○Tea ceremony

Before tea ceremony and explanation was given about the tea house and garden. The Japanese members thought they knew a lot about tea ceremony, but they learned many new things.
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Non Japanese members found kneeling very difficult, but they enjoyed tea ceremony.
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Jaron Tsukamoto from America said:
“I enjoyed the traditional aspect of the tea ceremony. I have done it once before but it is always great to see the process, though this time was slightly different. We were able to go through the process of preparing ourselves for the tea ceremony. It was interesting to see how many students were studying the techniques involved in doing the tea ceremony properly. I truly enjoyed learning about the tea ceremony and Japanese tradition.”

 

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Hello, everybody. We’ll talk more about the International Youth Conference for Peace in the Future in this second blog. we describe the Opening Ceremony, Peace Memorial Ceremony, Koinobori movement.

 

○Opening Ceremony
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The Opening ceremony of IYCPF was held for 4 hours at the International Conference Center Hiroshima. Mr. Kazumi Matsui, Mayor of Hiroshima city, and mayors of Hannover city and Volgograd city, Hiroshima’s sister cities, made speeches. Then, each city flag was given to Dr. Koki Inai who was chairperson of this conference.
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One person from Hiroshima and one person from each sister city read a poem in their mother languages. There were six pairs and poems. All of their readings were very impressive and unforgettable.

Then, participants from Iran, Thailand, Malawi, Poland, and so on, made presentations about their country using powerpoint. As they were very easy to understand, we were able to learn about the peace movement and hear their opinions.
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Then, we all sang “ We are the World.” As we practiced it, we could sing with a sense of unity.

 

Member’s impressives

Leelaruangsang Patcharaporn (Thailand)
I LOVE how you guys were the ones preparing and organizing things by yourselves, for instance, being the MC, I also love those traditional music instruments you guys prepared before, during, and after the ceremony, especially the drum show ! I literally got goosebumps from how amazing it was. The program content like getting kids to read poems and getting IYCPF members to read poems was awesome too. However, I thought the opening ceremony was a bit too long though over all it was ok.

Li Binyan (China)
It is a great honor for me to have a poem “My father” to read on behalf of the Chinese.In the afternoon a few foreign guests sat on the first row of seats,and then began to encourage the Japanese show which was similar to China Ansai waist drum…And then,a few Japanese junior high school students read the declaration of peace,and the four of us from Chongqing accepted the declaration of peace. On stage I was very nervous reading the poem and my hand kept trembling, but I’m still confident I read it well.

Yuri Amakawa (Japan)
First I was a little bit worried because I didn’t understand how to read the poem about the atomic bomb. Through practicing it, I could think of the cruelty of the atomic bomb from another perspective. A Chinese girl read the same poem in her mother tongue with feeling. I think all of us there could share the same thoughts even though we couldn’t understand what they were saying.

Ali Shokoohi (Iran)
Very interesting and well organized.

 

○70th Peace Memorial Ceremony

Non-Japanese members of the Conference took part in the outside ceremony. We asked them : what did you think about the ceremony?

Ivan Toftul (Russia)
Hiroshima peace memorial ceremony is a very unique experience. Everything is very meaningful in that ceremony. Most people are taught about the horrors of wars and most people fortunately haven’t experienced war. It is very hard to understand and to realize everything.
After the ceremony, one thought came to my mind: just try to imagine WHAT happened.A lot of people have been gathering in this memorable place every year for. We have to respect history and not forget what has happened.

Piseth Sorn (Cambodia)
I first thanked everyone for all the preparings put into helping all join this event. This event gives a chance for people who passed away. It also reminds us of all the suffering of those people. It shows the world the disadvantages of nuclear weapons. Tell the world we should stop making nuclear weapons and stop using them.

 

○Koinobori movement

Koinobori means carp streamer. Carp is the fish which is connected with Hiroshima, such as Hiroshima Carp, the baseball team, and Hiroshima castle called Carp Castle. We collected signatures for peace. A person who wants world peace signs a paper shaped scale, and we stick it on a Carp streamer. Then members of this conference will take it back to their own cities and continue to do this in their country. By doing this around the world, participants can have both a greater sense of peace and can spread peace around the world.
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Sovandeka Sum
It was fun under the sun, but it was worth doing it. Time was limited so we had to run back and forth in order to get as many signatures as possible. Loving peace is easy, we can just express it by signing on the carp, Koinobori. My group managed to get around 20+ signatures from different nationalities, I think it is one of the good activities during the program, and I like it a lot.

Next, we’ll introduce tea ceremony and visiting two high school.

 

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On September 7th, we (The Student Council) went to the Peace Memorial Park to guide some elementary school students from Tokyo.
They visited Hiroshima on a school trip.
We participated in the memorial ceremony and prayed for the victims with them.
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We went to the Peace Memorial Museum during the summer vacation to study about Atomic Bomb in more detail.
Guiding in the Peace Memorial Museum was very good not only for the students from Tokyo but also for us.
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It’s impossible for a child like me to end wars by myself.
However, if many children learn about the wars that happened in the past, we somehow will be able to prevent wars from happening again.
We want to expand the circle of peace.

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Hello,everyone. We are students in the first grade of Seishin high school. We joined the conference, International Youth Conference for Peace in the Future , held by Hiroshima city council , this summer. We’ll introduce the activities and in six blogs we’ll explain how we felt during this conference.
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First, we explain what IYCPF is. It is the venue where young people all over the world think about peace and share their opinions. They make friendships and deeply understand each other. This year is the 70th anniversary of the end of WWⅡ. So, 71 young people from 23 cities in 20 countries took part in this conference. This was the largest number of participants than even before.
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In the next blog, we’ll introduce Peace Memorial Ceremony, peace movement, and opening ceremony. Thank you for reading!

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2015.9.7diary

The Chorus Club Activity

The Chorus Club participated in the NHK All Japan Music Contest on September 6th.
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Since we had received a gold prize in the preliminary round, we were able to participate in this contest.
We sang two songs, “Maple syrup” and “Domine Domine Noster.”
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“Maple syrup” was based on the theme of “Peace” and a very strange song.
“Domine Domine Noster” is a song in Latin which prays for God.
We sang these songs very pleasantly and could receive a bronze prize, a better prize than last year!
We were very happy because we had been practicing very hard every day and we want to sing on that stage next year.
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We had the 57th Annual English Recitation Contest on August 29th.
12 speakers, one chosen from each class, competed for 1st to 3rd prize.
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As we always begin this term with this contest, we really felt the beginnig of the new term.

The Chorus Club performed for the students while the judges decided the winners.
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The Chorus Club is going to have a contest next week.

We hope they will be able to do their best in the contest.

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