Wednesday, August 31, 2011

KIds' Guernica in Yaizu, Japan

August 07, 2011
A Kids’ Guernica workshop was organized as a part by Junior Chamber in Yaizu, Shizuoka prefecture, japan as a part of its project to support children and youth. The main concept of this workshop was to recognize individual differences among participant children. They discussed a war and its causes. Atomic bombs were dropped in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August of 1945. Sixty six years ago, Japan was in the wartime, when children could not enjoy a program to paint on a huge canvas like Kids’ Guernica. Participant children realized that today’s peaceful Japan was based on many victims of wars in the past and Japan’s commitment not to engage in war. The completed mural showed a strong message to cerebrate each difference beyond any discrimination.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Kids' Guernica in Minamisanriku-cho, Japan

August 20, 2011
Still many people are living in their temporary shelters in the northern coastal areas of Japan devasted by the giant tsunami after the catastrophic earthquakes of 3. 11. The first Kids' Guernica workshop was organized in Minami Sanriku-cho, of which coastal area was completely swallowed by the tsunami. Children painted an reconstructed image of their town.

Kids' Guernica Exibited in Ishinomaki, Japan

August 20, 2011
A Kids' Guernica for the affected area of 3.11 earthquake was created by all the students of Nakateshima Elementary School in Osaka, Japan. It expresses their sympathy and support to children in the most damaged areas by the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami. This painting was sent to Ishinomaki City, one of the most affected areas and exhibited during an educational festival at Iinogawa Junior High School in the city. The event was organized by Renaissance of Japanese Education. Partipant students discussed what they needed now and how they could contribute to reconstruct their destroyed town. 

Monday, August 15, 2011

Kids' Guernica at Peace Event in Nagasaki

August 6-9, 2011
Kids' Guernica peace murals were exhibited at Peace Event in Nagasaki. The second atomic bomb was dropped on Nagaski on August 6, 1945.

Kids' Guernica in Katano City, Osaka, Japan

July, 2011
A Kids' Guernica peace painting was created in Katano City, Osaka, Japan.
Participating children thought on peace very seriously. They expressed their feeling of peace: Our globe has many countries as well as Japan. Various living things and plants are coexisting on the globe, which is connecting to the moon and the universe. Even though their languages are different, they can communicate each other through music, which is a common language. We really feel happy, when play together with our friends or do whatever we like. This is a peaceful moment. We wish for such a lasting peace which gives us a warm and joyful feeling.
All the participating children completed this peace mural with a single purpose. Symbol characters of Katono-city are painted on a rocket and a keybpard of a piano.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

A New Kids' Guernica in Korea

July, 2011
A new peace mural was completed by about 30 elementary kids and 20 middle school students at Gyeongin National University of Education in Korea.