Hiroshima has a sad story, it’s true but Hiroshima has become such a great city after overcoming the tragedy.
Both people and town are nice.
People come from all over the world.
It’s not only because the Gembaku Dome(Atomic-Bomb Memorial Dome) was designated a World Heritage Site but also because people here are kind and gentle.
I asked some tourists from abroad how they had found the city of Hiroshima.
“Local people are very nice and towns are beautiful.!
“I love food here in Hiroshima.”
“It’s sometimes hard for us to communicate because most of the local don’t speak English but they’re always trying so hard to make themselves understood.”
“There is a lot of beautiful nature here in Hiroshima, such as mountains and rivers.”
I’m glad most of them gave positive answers to my question.
Even though we are strangers, love can give more than words.
It finally create peace.
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Having spent 2 days in Hiroshima, I wished for eternal peace many many times.
I talked to lots of tourists from all over the world and we shared a peaceful moment with each other.
I want as many people as possible will come and visit Hiroshima where the 1st atomic bomb in history was dropped.
We all can learn something from the history and must keep on making an effort to create WORLD PEACE.
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I’ll keep on running as far as 50km every day if the purpose to run is to search for the true liberty being free from anything.
It’s not the travel to reach somewhere but the travel to reach nowhere.
Life told by 50,000 steps of my own per day…doesn’t need any words.
Today is Okinawa Memorial Day, which is a public holiday observed in Japan's Okinawa Prefecture annually on June 23 to remember the lives lost during the Battle of Okinawa.
I wonder why it is not celebrated nationally throughout Japan.
We cannot erase the history that 20 thousand lives were killed in the battle.
But I’m sure we can create a brand new history of ours by making the very moment filled with love and peace.
It’s been 43 years since Okinawa was returned to Japan.
There are still so many problems in Okinawa in many ways.
May peace come to those who live there.
There’s something I can do for world peace by running.
I got to run wishing for eternal peace all over the world.
That’s what I said to myself when I stood in front of the Peace Monument at the southernmost point of Japan.
So that we all keep smiling with warmth and gentleness…
We human beings are all connected to each other under the same blue sky and on the planet earth.
I’ll keep on running until the very day we become one.
Photo: Deigo or Tiger Claw, the official flower of Okinawa Prefecture
Had a talk about PEACE RUN 2015 Running Across New Zealand.
It's been 4 months since I finished my run in Christchurch but there are so many things I have to say.
Next year I'll run around Europe.
Life is not easy but it's fun.
Anyway I cannot stop running until I reach the end of the road.
We travelers are often impressed by the beauty of the nature.
And we may be trying to purify our heart and soul moving around.
That’s why people feel happy when they meet up with travelers.
Most of people are deeply moved by travelers' philosophical life.
Caroline and Anthony are now on the way cycling around the world in 400 days.
Leaving France in October 2014, they have traveled in Europe and Asia. Now they’re in Kyoto, Japan. A few days later they take a ferry boat to Otaru, Hokkaido.
After leaving Japan, they start cycling across North and South America until they finish their trek in France in November.
Hope they enjoy the rest of the trip and I want them to share a peaceful moment with someone they come across on the way.
Here's a movie which my friend Atsushi Matsumoto made for them...
Is it not delightful to have friends coming from distant quarters?
Nigel is a cyclist from Christchurch, New Zealand whom I met in New Zealand on my way running across the nation.
This time he is cycling across Japan from Kagoshima to Hokkaido.
His mission is to ring WORLD PEACE BELL.
There are 21 WORLD PEACE BELLs in the world, 5 of which are in Japan. One is in Ishigaki-jima Island, Okinawa. One in Cape Soya, Hokkaido and the other 3 is in Honshu Island.
He visited Motohama Ryokuchi Park, Amagasaki yesterday.
Today he rang one in Tsurumi Ryokuchi Park, Osaka and tomorrow he'll be in Enryakuji Temple, Hieizan, Shiga.
After that we walked around Osaka Castle Park.
He's going to be back in New Zealand by 28th of July.
Hope he enjoys the rest of his journey.
Sometimes I have to travel from west to east, north to south in this country to share my experience with those who support my PEACE RUN.
Had a happy time talking at lecture in Kasugai, Aichi.
Also I enjoyed talk show with world-famous ultra runner Ms. Sumie Inagaki
Thanks a lot. I'm so very glad to know you folks.