Hiroshima Field Trip Jan.2024

Master of Social Development and Administration Course (MSDA)

Mar 25, 2024


Rikkyo Graduate School MSDA Course visited Hiroshima as a Field Trip.
MSDA conducted a Hiroshima field trip on January 25-26 to understand the history of Hiroshima before and after the atomic bombing and the situation in the nuclear age.

On the first day, the participants visited Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and other facilities, where they came into contact with A-bomb-related materials, artifacts, and testimonies. At the Peace Memorial Park, Specially Appointed Associate Professor Nakano explained the meaning of landscape architect, Isamu Noguchi's monument and the situation at that time. After that, the participants toured around Hiroshima City to broaden their perspectives.

On the second day, the group visited Miyajima and Itsukushima Shrine. The students experienced a different atmosphere from that of Tokyo through the forests and old shrines and temples. They were especially impressed by the magnificent vermilion Otorii (Grand Gate) standing offshore. They also visited Shishi-iwa Observatory and enjoyed the beautiful view of Hiroshima Bay and its small islands.

Here are reports from participating students.

Manxin Wang / Journey of Peace: Hiroshima and Miyajima

Day One: Exploring Hiroshima / On the first morning, we embarked on our journey to Hiroshima. Upon arrival, we first visited the Atomic Bomb Dome, once an iconic structure of Hiroshima and now a poignant witness to history, vividly illustrating the brutality of war. Next, we proceeded to the Peace Memorial Park, where the serene surroundings, adorned with flowers and memorials, served as a stark reminder of the tragedy that befell the world, instilling in us a profound understanding and appreciation for peace. Lastly, we toured the Peace Memorial Museum, which showcased a wealth of historical artifacts and firsthand testimonies, offering us deeper insights into the pain and suffering inflicted by war and reaffirming our unwavering commitment to pursue peace.

Day Two: Miyajima Excursion / On the second day, we ventured to Miyajima, renowned as one of Japan's three scenic spots. Our first stop was the Itsukushima Shrine, dating back to the 6th century, a venerable sanctuary exuding sacredness and solemnity. Near the shrine, we encountered many charming deer, peacefully coexisting with visitors, imparting a sense of tranquility and warmth. The spectacular sight of the floating torii gate, a marvel connecting sky and sea, a testament to the harmonious coexistence between nature and human architecture, leaving us deeply inspired and moved.

Conclusion / This journey not only allowed us to marvel at scenic wonders but, more importantly, provided profound insights into the preciousness of peace and the beauty of harmonious coexistence between humanity and nature. We aspire to share this uplifting experience with others and work collectively towards achieving a world of peace and prosperity.

Tian Zou / After Hiroshima Trip

Visiting Hiroshima on this field trip has truly brought history to life for me. While I knew about the city's tragic past with the atomic bomb, standing at the aftermath site and exploring the memorial hall gave me a profound and realistic perspective on its historical significance.

Witnessing the impact of war and the devastating consequences of nuclear weapons made me keenly aware of the innocent civilians who bear the brunt of such conflicts. From the depths of my heart, I earnestly hope for a future without war and the use of nuclear weapons.

Despite the somber history, I also witnessed Hiroshima's remarkable resilience and transformation into a modern city. I find immense joy in Hiroshima's beautiful island scenery and its distinctive traditional culture. My only regret is not being able to extend my stay for a couple more days. Hiroshima, I promise to return – please wait for me.

Bacar Anza Bacar / Winter Field report

First of all, I want to express my sincere gratitude to the Rikkyo University staff, especially all MSDA Faculty members for the bubbling opportunity to travel to Hiroshima, which was my dream.
It was a huge honor to join the field trip, and it was really special for me mainly because it brought together two generations of students, (from different Nationalities) who belonged to the same program (MSDA).
Soon after arriving in Hiroshima, we went straight to the area, I was very impressed when I saw the remaining budling, which reminded me of the Miracle Pine Tree (in Rikuzen-Takata, Iwate Prefecture), both the Tree and the Dome should symbolize the spirit of determination and resistant of Japanese society to a large extent.
I learned a lot about the destruction caused by the atomic bomb, and its social and environmental effects.
I take Japan as a (good) example, to assume that Peace is still the right pathway toward prosperity.
Now I have a notion of how bad it is to invest in and/or promote nuclear weapons/power, I believe that there is no reason for countries to invest in nuclearization, and took the opportunity to sign the booklet (in the museum) on appeal for the denuclearization of the world.
Miyajima island, we found wild animals (deers) sharing the environment with humans was beautiful, from that reality, I learned that humans can live together in harmony with the environment, and biodiversity as well.
To sum up, I would say thank MSDA for making my life brilliant as am still reconverting from the sorrow of the loss of my mom.


The trip to Hiroshima was extremely interesting. Given the city's historical context, it was a place of much learning. Before arriving, I had read a lot about World War II, but I was wondering how the process of reconstruction and recovery happened for the local population since the events of August, 1945. In my country, we did not learn so much about the consequences of the radiation and other side effects that the explosion left on the local population, the stories of the survivors not only at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum but also at the Memorial of the victims, where I could hear testimonies of the survivors and how much it cost to get their lives back on track.

I believe that exploring sites in Japan where events have changed society, as part of our studies in the Faculty of Social Design Studies, is a unique opportunity to understand many of the theories and facts that we see in class.

Samiuela Pohiva

The field trip to Hiroshima was a great learning experience for me. The fact that so many people from around the world were visiting the site of the atomic bomb is good knowing that people are interested to know more about the consequences and detrimental impacts of nuclear weapons. When I read the stories and listen to the encounters of those that were affected by the bombing, I am able to learn from their experience and I like to tell those stories and events to my friends and family. However, just across the bay is the island of Miyajima which exposes a peaceful serenity. The island brings a feeling of peace even after the catastrophe of the atomic bomb. Overall, this trip has brought great experience and good stories to share with people.


The trip to Hiroshima, to be honest, evoked fear and empathy within me. Seeing the atomic bomb site standing there, as well as the photos and physical materials in the museum, I felt like I had experienced a trauma. I pray for peace, that nuclear weapons will never be used, and that people all over the world can live happy and healthy lives. However, just like the flames in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, I also see hope in Hiroshima. I believe that human society will definitely develop in a better and better direction. The trip to Miyajima is a healing journey. Immersed in the Three Scenic Spots of Japan, looking at the scenery of Itsukushima Shrine and the island on the top of the mountain, I felt that everything was so peaceful and beautiful. I hope this peace and beauty can last forever. I need to thank msda for giving us this opportunity to go to Hiroshima and Miyajima, which makes me learned a lot. Thank you!


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