The Prayer Monument for World Peace was completed in the Chugoku Memorial Park on June 1, 1997 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Anti-Nuclear Declaration by Josei Toda, the second president of the Soka Gakkai. Erected at 132 deg. 24 min. east, exactly at the hypocenter of the Hiroshima bomb, the tragic location where humanity experienced its first atomic bomb, the significance of the monument lies in that it memorializes all the atomic bomb victims of the world.
This monument embodies the determination to abolish nuclear weapons and stands against a recurrence of the atomic bomb disaster. It pledges to expand the peace movement from Hiroshima, the origin of peace, to the rest of the world, and stands as a symbol of eternal peace.
In addition, the six statues that symbolize peace had their epitaphs written by master of modern Chinese literature, Jin Yong and were sculpted and engraved by world renowned sculptor Louis Derbré.
The statues represent creation, tolerance, courage, hope, succession, and joy.
The six statues are aligned back to back, facing outward form one another, representing the spread of peace from here to the world and into space.
Derbré was born in 1925 on a farm in northern France. He worked on the family farm until the age of nineteen, then while engaged to be married, he moved to Paris in 1945 to become a sculptor. He won the Prix Fénéon in 1951. In 1962, the Rodin, Maillol, Derbré exhibition was held. He became feted as a great sculptor along with Rodin and Maillol. After that, many solo exhibitions were held in various parts of the world including Norway, Japan, Brazil, and Canada, all to great critical acclaim. Derbré received L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 1987.
Jin Yong was born in 1924 in Haining County, Zhejiang Province. His literary compositions are often heralded as the greatest of the day, and he is a popular novelist with many readers in Chinese-speaking countries around the world.
He co-founded the Hong Kong daily newspaper, Ming Pao, and the cultural magazine, Ming Pao Monthly, both major journalistic achievements. He has conversed with the likes of UK Prime Minister Thatcher, exchanging opinions as “Hong Kong’s most sensible representative.” He also served as a drafting committee member of the Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. His many famous works include Sword Stained with Royal Blood, Fox Volant of the Snowy Mountain, Demi-Gods and Semi-devils, and A Deadly Secret.
Dr. Linus Pauling Jr. and Orcilia Forbes, vice president of Oregon State University paid a visit to Hiroshima. They visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and offered flowers at the cenotaph for the atomic bomb victims. In addition, as a testimony to eternal friendship, a commemorative tree was planted.
The Ukraine has completely abolished nuclear weapons. Yuri Kostenko, Ambassador to Japan, visited Hiroshima. He gave a presentation at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum as a lecturer in the Hiroshima Study Lecture Series. The next day, a commemorative tree was planted.
Dr. Chǒng Munbu visited Hiroshima and planted a tree to commemorate the 2005 Japan Korea Friendship Year in celebration of forty years of diplomatic relations.
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