Sunday, September 30, 2012
A Kids’ Guernica peace painting was completed by the ninth grade students of Seiryo Junior High School in Kyoto, Japan and it was exhibited in their school festival on September 25. The main theme of the school festival was “Bonds”. 31 students of the ninth grades expressed their wish to create bonds across borders for a peaceful world through this Kids’ Guernica painting. The blue sky of the painting indicates “beyond borders”, the bridge of rainbow shows “connecting peoples’ hearts” and the smile of children symbolizes “peace.” In July, they made a basic concept of this painting and worked very hard to complete it during summer holidays. Each student’s individual vivid expression can be seen in the different styles of drawing a variety of faces and clothes.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
September 17, 2012
A new Kids’ Guernica peace mural was completed in Kameoka City, Kyoto, Japan. Children started creating this mural in July and it shows their full energy. It will be exhibited in an art festival in October 6 in the city.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
A Kids’ Guernica mural is exhibited at Namie Elementary School in Fukushima, Japan. The mural was created by children of Nakateshima Elementary School, Osaka last year to show their support to the affected areas in the north-eastern part of Japan.
The town of Namie is located very near to the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant and all the students of Namie Elementary School had to evacuate to Nihonmatsu City, 50 km far away from the power plant. Currently, Namie Elementary School is in Nihonmatsu City.
Photo by Mr. Hideyuki Yokoyama, Editor in Chief of Education Division Shougakukan Publishing Company, Board Member of Renaissance of Japanese Education
Monday, September 3, 2012
Sunday, September 2, 2012
August 08-09, 2012
24 students of Hioka Junior High School in Hyogo Prefecture visited two affected places by the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami of 3.11 in Miyagi Prefecture in Japan to create two Kids’ Guernica murals.One was painted with children living in a temporary housing community in Higashi Matsushima City. And the other one was completed with students of Arahama Junior High School in Watari Chou. There have been continuing exchange programs between Hioka Junior High and Arahama Junior High School since the earthquake of 3.11. The image of handshake expresses the importance of solidarity.