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When a Peace Tree Blooms
Picture Book by Hideko Tamura

Hideko Tamura Snider, who had experienced the atomic bomb attack in Hiroshima, published a picture book “When a Peace Tree Blooms” last year. She wants to tell of the fear of an A-bomb, the agony, hope for recovery, caring for people, and the precious treasure of peace to children as well as adults, through a heartwarming story.
She didn’t want to make her book scary and looked for tender images for it. She finally found artist Mari Kishi, who could create fantastic images of the peace tree, people, animals, houses, mountains, and sky. Kishi was editing children’s books and working for NHK’s educational programs.

The story begins with a girl, who is happily taking a walk in a wood. She encounters an old couple, who are planting a seed with their wish for peace.
The couple tells a story of war with a faraway country and the aftermath of an A-bomb attack. One day, a man from the faraway country gave them seeds of a mysterious tree, which bore delicious fruits. Everyone who ate the fruits had a caring and happy feeling. People named the tree “A Peace Tree.”
The couple has planted seeds of the Peace Tree around the world and become old. Now they are planting the last seed in the wood. What would the girl do?
The picture book “When a Peace Tree Blooms” is available for purchase online through www.osdinitiatives.com. All proceeds from the book sale have been donated to the children in Fukushima, Japan.
Hideko Tamura previously authored her A-bomb experience “One Sunny Day.”

On August 6, 1945, 12-year-old Hideko Tamura was a mile away from ground zero and lost her mother, who was closer to the zero point.
Later, Tamura entered a Christian school. She revived a little feeling of trust toward people when she met an American reverend.
She came to the U.S. as a student and graduated from the College of Wooster with a BA. She obtained an MA in social work from the University of Chicago, and at the same time graduated from McCormick Theological Seminary. She was a supervisor at an Adult Psychiatry Clinic at Northwestern University, and later she worked as a clinical social worker and psychotherapist at the University of Chicago Medicine. She was awarded an honorary doctorate from the College of Wooster in 2010. Since her retirement, she has lived in Oregon.

In Oregon, Tamura was appointed as a multicultural commissioner for the city of Medford. She joined the Rogue Valley Peace Choir and brought them to Japan in 2006 to share power and energy singing for peace.
The Rogue Valley Peace Choir had the first concert along with two local choir groups in Japan. As they sang hand in hand for peace, conductor Dave Marston was so moved and composed a new song “From America to Hiroshima” that night.
The song was placed in a time capsule which was installed in a new monument at Hiroshima Koi Elementary School, completed in 2010.
Tamura said in a previous interview that the monument was built not to condemn the people who dropped the bomb, but simply to mark a human experience. The A-Bomb was not only an incident in Hiroshima, but affected people throughout the world.

After publishing the picture book, a group of Tamura’s friends from Japan visited Oregon last summer and had a reunion with the Rogue Valley Peace Choir. Medford Mayor Gary Wheeler and Ashland Mayor John Stromberg welcomed them.
In Ashland, the 28th Annual Ashland Hiroshima-Nagasaki Vigil took place from August 4th to the 9th, and the group including Mari Kishi attended it. The event has been sponsored by the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. The Rogue Valle Peace Choir sang “Cranes over Hiroshima” and some other pieces and remembered their departed conductor Dave Marston.
As a part of the event, Hiroshima Reflection was held at Lithia Park, and Nagasaki Reflection was held at a Japanese garden in Lighia Park. The Japanese Association of Southern Oregon and the group sang “A Thousand Winds” and others.

The City of Ashland, Oregon, has been a nuclear free zone since 1981 and a member of Mayors for Peace since 1998.

Hideko Tamura has devoted herself for promoting world peace and was named “Hiroshima Peace Ambassador” by the City of Hiroshima the end of last year.


Picture book “When a Peace Tree Blooms”


The 28th Annual Ashland Hiroshima-Nagasaki Vigil
in Ashland, Oregon

Tamura’s friends from Japan reunite with the Rogue Valley
Peace Choir.

Hideko Tamura Presents a goodwill letter from Hiroshima Mayor to Medford Mayor Gary Wheeler.

Nagasaki Reflection held at a Japanese garden in Lighia P