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If Peace Activist Steven Leeper were to show his friends visiting from abroad the places in Hiroshima where they can experience peace, he would...

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  • People who want to experience the various aspects of peace.
  • People who are interested in sustainable living.
  • People who want to experience Japanese culture in depth.
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Mr. Steven Leeper

Mr. Steven Leeper

PCV Representative

Mr. Leeper was born in 1947 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. After serving as a liaison to Mayors for Peace in New York City, he served as President of the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation from 2007 to 2013. In 2014 he started the Peace Culture Village (PCV), a non-profit organization based in Hiroshima. He travels between the U.S. and Japan giving lectures on peace.

“Peace doesn't have to be a huge thing-- it starts with how we feel about people in our daily lives.” When we think about peace, we tend to focus on the cruel aspects of war, but Mr. Leeper says that we can also feel peace in our daily lives.

Many people visit the Atomic Bomb Dome and Peace Memorial Museum during their trip to Hiroshima learn about war and Japan's history. They often think more deeply about peace. On this trip, after learning about the tragedy of war at the Peace Memorial Museum and in Peace Park, we will guide you to Miyoshi City in northern Hiroshima Prefecture. There you can think about peace from other angles while enjoying the peaceful warmth of Japanese people and culture.

If Peace Activist Steven Leeper were to show his friends visiting from abroad the places in Hiroshima where they can experience peace, he would...

Travel time : Approx. 6 hours

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Peace Memorial Park

Travel time : 240 minutes

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The trip will start with the basics about war and Japanese history.

〒730-0811 1 Nakajima-cho, Naka-ku, Hiroshima-shi

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082-504-2390

Peace Memorial Park and the Peace Memorial Museum are must-see places, but since they are surely places you’ve visited before, our tour plan starts after your visit to these landmarks.

First, we will take you to Kōnu. We will leave from the bus center, which is close to Peace Memorial Park. Four express buses a day go to Kōnu. We recommend taking the bus around 6:00 p.m. after a thorough tour of the museum.

Click here for reference to a Hiroshima City tour that includes the Peace Memorial Park and Peace Memorial Museum: “The new standard course in Hiroshima, the International City of Peace and Culture”

〒730-0811 1 Nakajima-cho, Naka-ku, Hiroshima-shi

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082-504-2390

5-minute walk

120 minutes by highway bus

Yasuragiso

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Experience Japanese culture and lifestyle while relaxing after a long day.

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1061-1 Hongo, Kōnu-cho, Miyoshi, Hiroshima 729-4101

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0847-67-2217 (Coffee & Pasta Amin)

This log cabin is a pleasant way to experience the Japanese way of life.

The lodge is located right next to the Jimmy Carter Civic Center. The staff at the facility may not be very good at English, but they are happy to have you visit. After taking off your shoes at the entrance, you will enter a large “tatami” room that can accommodate up to 50 people. On the tatami mats, you can experience what it is like to spend time in a Japanese home, sitting on the floor, then laying out your own “futon”. All the foreigners who have visited so far have been happy they stayed there.

Some of you may find the exhibitions at the Atomic Bomb Dome and Peace Memorial Museum shocking, and some of you may be tired from traveling, so let’s talk for a while, then get some well-deserved rest.

  • Mr. Steven Leeper
    Mr. Steven Leeper
    PCV Representative

    Tatami mats are great for relaxing, talking and reflecting with your friends about what you saw and felt at the Museum, the Dome and Peace Park.

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1061-1 Hongo, Kōnu-cho, Miyoshi, Hiroshima 729-4101

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0847-67-2217 (Coffee & Pasta Amin)

If Peace Activist Steven Leeper were to show his friends visiting from abroad the places in Hiroshima where they can experience peace, he would...

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Jimmy Carter Civic Center

Travel time : 60 minutes

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Experiencing peace culture by getting to know Kōnu’s connection to U.S. President Jimmy Carter.

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940 Hongo, Kōnu-cho, Miyoshi, Hiroshima 729-4101

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0847-67-3532

Naturally encounter local peacebuilding by learning about Jimmy Carter's exchange and peace activities.

Jimmy Carter, the 39th President of the United States and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, once visited the town of Kōnu, which had a population of about 3,000 people. Mr. Carter visited because he was presented with a large bell of that came from Shonganji Temple in Kōnu. The Carter Center was built to commemorate the exchange that began there. There are only two facilities in the world that bear the name of Jimmy Carter. One is in Kōnu. The other is in Atlanta. If you visit the and learn more about President Carter, you will encounter peace culture at a high level.
The town of Kōnu keeps in touch with the people of President Carter’s hometown, Americus, and Atlanta, the capital of Georgia. In Kōnu and Americus people value each other’s differences thanks to President Carter. We want others to experience true cultural exchange and peace.

  • Mr. Steven Leeper
    Mr. Steven Leeper
    PCV Representative

    The bell is a symbol of peaceful exchange between the U.S. and Kōnu, which has continued for over 30 years. You can also learn about President Carter's achievements and personality here.
    And be sure to take a look at the stars in the Carter Center planetarium. The universe connects directly to peace.

  • Mr. Futoshi Inoue
    Mr. Futoshi Inoue
    Jimmy Carter Civic Center

    Seasonal events are also held here. The "Calligraphy Performance" and the "Carter Peanut Harvest Festival" held every November attract a lot of people!

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940 Hongo, Kōnu-cho, Miyoshi, Hiroshima 729-4101

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0847-67-3532

1-minute walk

Coffee & Pasta Amin, Gallery Amin

Travel time : 90 minutes

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Enjoy a peaceful lunch along with the works of local artists.

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1063-13 Hongo, Kōnu-cho, Miyoshi City, Hiroshima 729-4101

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0847-67-5211

The restaurant and gallery express the kindness of the Kōnu community.

For lunch, we recommend Coffee & Pasta Amin, located right in front of Yasuragiso. A steak lunch made with rice and vegetables from Kōnu, and beef and eggs from Japan, costs 1,300 yen. The restaurant’s gallery displays arts and crafts by local artists, which we hope you’ll take a look at as well. Also, at “Gallery Amin,” where the owner’s collection is open to the public, you can view ancient Japanese artifacts such as Japanese paintings, calligraphy, “maki-e” lacquerware, and Nara’s 100 best “sumi” inks. The manager and staff will welcome you and make sure you have a good time.

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    Sachio Fujiwara
    Owner

    There are also Bed & Breakfasts that can accommodate a small number of people, so you can spend a relaxing time in the Japanese countryside.

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    Junko Matsuo
    Store Manager

    You can also find pasta, pizza, doria, and homemade cakes here. The air and stars are beautiful.

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1063-13 Hongo, Kōnu-cho, Miyoshi City, Hiroshima 729-4101

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0847-67-5211

40 minutes by car

Miyoshi Mononoke Museum

Travel time : 60 minutes

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Meet the “yokai” that have kept the peace in Japanese society!

Delightful monsters have played a role in peace.
This is a profound look at Japanese folk culture.

The Mononoke Museum is home to some amazing “yokai” (supernatural entities in Japanese folklore). In Japanese society, yokai are essential. They share information about frightening things and dangers that unite people in a community. There are ghosts, monsters, and other supernatural characters in the West as well, but few cultures have as many different types of yokai as there are in Japan, with so many different shapes, forms and unique personalities. They sometimes interfere with humans, and sometimes help them, and we like the fact that most have a bit of charm and cuteness. Much mischief can be avoided by saying, “If a yokai did it, then it can’t be helped.” This helps people feel at ease while avoiding conflict. There is an intriguing connection between yokai and community peace.

In Japanese culture, people have happily coexisted with yokai as allies, helping folks avoid conflict and maintain peace in their families and communities.

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    Tomoyoshi Matsumura
    Curator

    People from all over the world enjoy our museum. At our "Yokai Amusement Park" (a collaboration with TeamLab) you can draw your own yokai and see them move on a screen. You can experience a truly peaceful world where yokai and “yokai-ningen” (humanoid monsters) in their unique forms are happily talking and laughing with each other.

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    Naoko Yoshikawa
    Curator

    There are many cute and cool yokai. I hope you come to find your favorite yokai!

20 minutes by car

Miyoshi Fudoki no Oka Museum

Travel time : 90 minutes

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Hints for sustainable living from the lives of ancient ancestors.

Here you can get a feel for the lives of people who were in profound harmony with nature.

In this theme park you learn about Japan’s Kofun period (from the middle of the 3rd century to the 7th century). The hill is dotted with many real Kofun tombs and restored buildings.

The museum on the grounds displays pottery and artifacts from the Jomon period, which dates back thousands of years. You will be amazed at the beautiful art, utensils, and surprisingly advanced tools from over a thousand years ago.

Modern life is based on mass production and mass consumption. It is time for us to reconsider and recover some of the ways Japanese people used to live with nature. Fudoki no Oka teaches us how to live in a sustainable way.

If we continue to live the way we do now, we will be competing with each other for dwindling resources, creating discord around the world. There is a lot of information here to help us understand how we can make the most of what we have.

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    mr-takashi-hirakawa
    Chief curator 

    While walking along the hills of Fudoki and looking at old tools, I hope that you will think about the lives of people who lived with nature.

  • Hideo Tanabe
    Hideo Tanabe
    Curator

    I hope that people will learn from the lives of the past and think about living as simply as possible with nature.

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#Editor's Note

Hiroshima is a great place to think about peace. Miyoshi City has a high level of peace awareness, on par with Hiroshima City. After the shocking encounter with the atomic bombing at the Peace Memorial Park and the museum, the warmth of the people in Miyoshi, who care about each and every human being, will make you feel how much better peace is than war.

Miyoshi hosts relatively few foreign tourists, so English language support is still in its infancy. However, non-Japanese travelers are warmly welcomed and come back happy. In addition to visiting the spots presented here, we are sure you will enjoy meeting and communicating with the people of Miyoshi.

Mr. Steven Leeper

Mr. Steven Leeper

PCV Representative

Mr. Leeper was born in 1947 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. After serving as a liaison to Mayors for Peace in New York City, he served as President of the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation from 2007 to 2013. In 2014 he started the Peace Culture Village (PCV), a non-profit organization based in Hiroshima. He travels between the U.S. and Japan giving lectures on peace.

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