2020 VISION 75: Return to Hiroshima

Our goal is to raise funds for Hiroshima survivor Takashi Tanemori to return to Japan for the 75th Anniversary of the atomic bomb, on August 6, 2020, accompanied by his third guide dog YukiNa, and Silkworm Peace director Elizabeth Weinberg

Tanemori wishes to return to his childhood home, Hiroshima, Japan, to share his life experiences in America, speaking to people about his forty year struggle from revenge to forgiveness, and over thirty year journey promoting peace through forgiveness.

Tanemori is one of the 2% of survivors from within 1,164 meters, less than a mile from ground zero of the atomic blast.  He lost six members of his family including both parents at the age of eight.  Radiation exposure has caused him to lose his eyesight moving toward total blindness. 

Since 1945, young Takashi struggled to reconcile his personal loss and to find a new path.  He came to America in 1956, and found new purpose promoting the message of peace through forgiveness since an epiphany and transformation in 1985.  Takashi has reconciled with history, America,
Hiroshima, and within his heart, regarding the events that so greatly impacted his life.

Tanemori created the Silkworm Peace Institute (Kaiko Heiwa Kyokai) in 1985, and has dedicated his life to promoting peace, greater cultural awareness,  healing, reconciliation, and understanding of the human heart. He lives with his 3rd guide dog, YukiNa, in Berkeley, California, and has three children and five grandchildren.

The year 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Japanese cities Hiroshima, on August 6th; and Nagasaki, on August 9th, 1945, respectively.  Many thought that no new life would grow in Hiroshima for 70-75 years after the bombing. 

Takashi Tanemori, now 81 years old, dreams of returning to the land of his youth, Hiroshima, to share his incredible life journey and his unique perspective as an atomic bomb survivor, as a testament of new life and hope to the world.

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Silkworm Peace Institute
(Kaiko Heiwa Kyokai)


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