The Oberlin Review

Shigeko Sasamori and Professor of Japanese at Purdue University Kazumi Hatasa gave a lecture last week about Sasamori’s experience in Hiroshima in 1945.

Sasamori Revisits Past in Hopes of Promoting Peace

April 19, 2019

Shigeko Sasamori, 87, who survived the bombing of Hiroshima, visited campus last Friday to share her experience and journey into peace advocacy with the Oberlin community. Approximately 130 students, faculty, and community members attended Sasamori’s talk and many were moved by her honesty, courage, and powerful memories. Japanese Language Instructor Sachiko Kondo was the driving force in bringing Sasamori to Oberlin. She worked in collaboration with a professor at Kenyon College and secured t...

Members of OC Taiko perform during Wednesday's tree planing ceremony in Tappan Square. The ceremony honored saplings grown from seeds that had survived the dropping of the atomic bomb at Hiroshima.

Hiroshima “Survivor Tree” Celebrated in Tappan

October 6, 2017

College and community members held a dedication ceremony honoring a sapling planted in Tappan Square Wednesday. The sapling sprouted from seeds that survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan. The Oberlin College Environmental Studies, East Asian Studies, and Biology departments, as well as Grounds Services and Oberlin Shansi have collaborated over the past two years to grow the seeds into saplings. Tomoko Watanabe, co-founder of Green Legacy Hiroshima Initiative and a second-generation survivo...

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