Aug. 8, 2020 Live from the road

Heidelberg ハイデルベルグ - Hiroshima & Nagasaki 広島長崎

Reported by Harashita Sunaoshi

Peace Run members from Heidelberg, Germany just sent these lovely photos to us. They created these beautiful origami peace cranes commemorating 75 years since the drop of atom bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki (August 6 and 9 respectively).



"The power of destruction is not the answer. Nobody has ever appreciated the power of destruction and nobody will ever appreciate it. It is the power of love, the power of oneness, that is of paramount importance. Peace comes from oneness." -Sri Chinmoy, Founder

「破壊する力に答えはありません。破壊する力はこれまでも、これからも、誰にも感謝されません。一番大切なのは愛する力、一つにつながる力です。平和は一つになることから生まれます。」ピースラン提唱者 シュリ・チンモイ

The Heiledberg Peace Run members then put the cranes on the Buddha statue at their Ethnological Museum in Heidelberg.


Opposite the Buddha statue in the museum is the Peace Tree that was planted in 2001 at a local Peace Run event there with the current Mayor of Heidelberg.


The 21st Century's progress
Shall solely depend on

  • Sri Chinmoy



Over the years, both Hiroshima and Nagasaki cities have been extremely kind and have warmly and enthusiastically welcomed the Peace Run team a number of times. Their yearning and determination to establish and sustain peace is definitely much firmer and stronger than any other cities we have visited in Japan, very understandably.

Here is the video of the opening ceremony at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in 2010, as the launch of Asia Peace Run, which connected cities and countries from Hiroshima to Moscow that year for the first time.


ここでは2010年に行われた広島と長崎でのピースランイベントの様子を動画でご覧ください。 2010年はアジア数国を繋ぐ第一回アジア・ピースランが開催され、日本を皮切りにロシアのモスクワまでを走りつなぎました。 まず、広島平和公園でのピースラン出発式の様子です。

And here is the video from the Nagasaki closing ceremony (of the Japan leg) a week later. The team ran from Hiroshima to Nagasaki, and the relay continued onto Korea, to be finished in Moscow in 4 months time. Yasuko, a renowned taiko drummer offered her prayer for peace with her solo performance.


The Founder of the Peace Run Sri Chinmoy had a very special feeling about Hiroshima and visited there four times during his lifetime, offering a Peace Concert three times. Pictured here is Sri Chinmoy with then the mayor of Hiroshima, Tadatoshi Akiba, during the founder's last visit to Hiroshima on July 13, 2006.


Torch carried by
Vasanti Niemz (Germany).  
Accompanied by  
Elfi (Elisabeth) & Falcoianu
Christine-Maria Schmalzbauer, Vasanti Niemz

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