The second day of our cultural programme in Hiroshima. It was composed of an early visit in the peace memorial museum, a fun introductory session to the Japanese language, held by students of Hiroshima University, and lectures of Ms. Keiko Ogura and and Ms. Chieko Seki, two survivors of the a-bombing in Hiroshima in 1945.
The programme was less exhausting than the one of the day of the memorial ceremony itself, which was good as we all needed time and space to process the impressions we had gotten the day before. That said – the day was by no means less emotional. The information provided by the excellent and moving exhibition in the museum, combined with the unique chance to listen to the stories of the two women who have been living in Hiroshima in 1945, gave us a lot more things to think about. Their reflections on how to avoid such a man-made catastrophe in the future, as well as what each and every one of us can do in order to create a more peaceful world provided the basis for an interesting and also controversial discussion the next day about the role of citizens and political stakeholders in the process of achieving and maintaining peace.