World Peace Bells
The World Peace Bell Association (WPBA), 2-36-1-701, Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo (Japan), has placed five World Peace Bells in Japan and one in each of fifteen other countries around the world. WPBA was founded in 1982 by Tomijiro Yoshida to carry on the work of Chiyoji Nakagawa [1905-1972] and Masahiro Kataoka [d.1983]. Nakagawa placed the Japanese Peace Bell at the UN in New York (USA) in 1954.
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1950 - "The Bell of Banzai for Absolute Peace," Taihei Temple, Uwajima, Ehime, Shikoku Island (Japan). Replaced temple bell seized by military during World War II. Cast (including coins from 26 countries) by Chiyoji Nakagawa [1905-1972], mayor of Uwajima [1959-1967 &1971-1972]. Original peace bell and model for Japanese Peace Bell at the United Nations. 1951 - Chiyoji Nakagawa attended the 6th UN General Assembly held in Paris as a representative of the Japanese UN society. Coins were donated by the people of about 60 countries who belonged to the UN, as well as 9 gold coins that were created from Christ and the virgin Mary's statues donaded by Pope Pius XII. Soil from the bombed areas [of Hiroshima & Nagasaki] was given to the site of the bell [in New York]." Persons in photo: Unidentified (left), Zenichiro Watanabe (center) & Chiyoji Nakagawa (right). October 24, 1952 - Japanese Peace Bell is cast (including coins & metal from about 60 UN member countries) by Chiyoji Nakagawa [1905-1972] at "the Tada Factory" (Japan) as gift to the United Nations from the UN Association of Japan. The bill sails form Yokohama on January 21, 1954. January 21, 1954 - Japanese Peace Bell sails from Yokohama (Japan). Image courtesy of WPBA. June 8, 1954 - Japanese Peace Bell is dedicated in West Court Garden, Secretariat Building, United Nations (UN), New York City, New York (USA). Click here for Wikipedia article. Click here for Japanese website about the bell. December 18, 1956 - Japan is admitted into the United Nations. 1970 - Japanese Peace Bell from United Nations in New York City is displayed for six months in the UN pavilion at Expo '70, Expo Memorial Park, Osaka (Japan). The bell is rung every day at Noon. First image shows Tower of the Sun, symbol of Expo '70. 1982 - World Peace Bell Association (WPBA) is established in Tokyo (Japan). Mr. Tomijiro Yoshida is named chairman. September 21, 1982 - First International Day of Peace. Observed at UN Headquarters by ringing the Japanese Peace Bell. Henceforth, the bell is rung on the Vernal Equinox and on 21 September to coincide with the opening of the UN General Assembly and the International Day of Peace. June 10, 1986 - Commemorative ceremony in Fuji no Ma Banquet Hall, Imperial Hotel, Tokyo (Japan). Attended by ambassadors from US, USSR and other countries, business representatives, etc. Image courtesy of WPBA. July 15, 1986 - Casting ceremony, Kawaguchi Green Center, Kawacuchi, Saitama Prefecture (Japan). Atended by foreign ambassadors and other VIP's. Image courtesy of WPBA. June 18, 1988 - World Peace Bell #1, Peace Park, Soya Misaki / Cape Soya, Wakkanai, Hokkaido (Japan). Extreme north end of Japan. Adjacent to about ten other monuments, including memorial for Korea Airlines flight 007. Click here to see Roy Sinclair from New Zealand at the bell in February 2001. December 10, 1988 - World Peace Bell #2, Peace Loving Citizens Park, Ishigaki Island, Okinawa (Japan). Extreme south end of Japan. August 26, 1989 - World Peace Bell #3, Cinnah Caddesi, Cankaya, Ankara (Turkey). Scanned left image courtesy of WPBA. September 1, 1989 - Weltfrieden / World Peace Bell #4, Friedrichstain, Volkspark, Berlin (Germany). September 2, 1989 - World Peace Bell #5, Warsaw Municipal Park, Warsaw (Poland). April 1, 1990 - World Peace Bell, Tsurumiryokuchi Expo '90 Commenorative Park, Osaka (Japan). Installed & dedicated during International Garden and Greenery Exposition (also known as Hana-haku, ''Flower Expo'' and Expo '90). Visited by the Emperor & Empress on April 23, 1990. Tsurumiryokuchi Park is the site of Expo '70 where the Japanese Peace Bell from UN Headquarters was displayed in 1970 (qv). October 4, 1990 - Campana de la Paz / World Peace Bell, Parque Lira, Tacubaya, Mexico City (Mexico). Click here for air view. Left photo by EWL. September 15, 1992 - World Peace Bell , Cowra Civic Square, Cowra, New South Wales (Australia). There was a POW camp for Japanese and Italian military personnel in Cowra during World War II. On August 5, 1944 at least 545 Japanese POWs attempted a mass breakout from the camp, in perhaps the largest prison escape in world history. Japanese go there to visit the graves of family members. April 27, 1993 - World Peace Bell, Sukhbaatar Square, Ulan Bator (Mongolia). December 10, 1994 - World Peace Bell, Quezon Memorial Park, Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City (Phillippines). Inaugurated at dawn on Human Rights Day by President Ramos. November 4, 1996 - World Peace Bell, City Hall, Ottawa, Ontario (Canada). Scanned left image courtesy of WPBA. April 27, 1997 - World Peace Bell, International Holistic University, Brasilia (Brazil). Offered after a visit to Japan by Pierre Weil [1924-2008], founder of International University for Peace (UNIPAZ) & City of Peace Foundation. Scan courtesy of WPBA. February 3, 1998 - Campana de la Paz Mundial / World Peace Bell, Jardin JaponÚs / Japanese Garden Center, Buenos Aires (Argentina). Commemorates centennial of peace between Brazil & Japan. February 17, 1999 - Campana de la Paz Mundial / World Peace Bell, Parque la Carolina, Quito (Ecuador). August 11, 2000 - UN Peace Bell Garden, United Nations, New York City, New York (USA). Designed & built by Shinichiro Abe, ZEN Associates, Inc., Woburn, Massachusetts (USA). Symbolically represents the seven continents of the globe, as depicted on the UN flag. Surrounds the Japanese Peace Bell.. January 26, 2001 - World Peace Bell, Maguire Gardens, Los Angeles Public Library, Los Angeles, California (USA). February 2003 - Campana de la Paz / World Peace Bell, Alcobendas, Madrid (Spain). Left image courtesy of WPBA. April 21, 2003 - World Peace Bell, Babur Culture and Recreation Park, Tashkent (Uzbekistan). Photo courtesy of Anatoly Ionesov. June 8, 2004 - 50th anniversary of the Japanese Peace Bell at UN Headquarters in New York, New York (USA) is commemorted with a series of UN postage stamps. September 11, 2005 - World Peace Bell, Motohama Ryokuchi Park, Amagasaki, Hyougo Prefecture (Japan), near Osaka. Images courtesy of WPBA. October 3, 2006 - World Peace Bell, Botanic Garden, Hagley Park, Christchurch (New Zealand). "Came about through the initiative of Christchurch resident Roy Sinclair who in 2004 made an epic 3,500 km bike ride the length of Japan." Click here to see Roy Sinclair at the WPB in Wakkanai in February 2001 [sic]. Right image courtesy of New Zealand Chapter, WPBA. August 4, 2007 - World Peace Bell, Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, Mount Hiei, Otsu City, Shiga Prefecture (Japan), near Kyoto. Dedicated at 20th annual Interreligious Gathering of Prayer for World Peace sponsored by "Nihon Shukyo Daihyosha Kaigi" (Japanese Conference of Religions). Nearby rival, Onjoji (Miidera) Temple, has the temple bell alleged to have been stolen (and returned) by mythic warior monk Benkei [1155-1189]. Future - Three World Peace Bells outside building in which they were cast at Oigo Bell Works, Takaoka, Toyama Prefecture (Japan). Photo by EWL taken October 3, 2008. Please email your comments & questions to geovisual at comcast.net. Thank you.
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