Our Story

Reverend Tanimoto, born in Hiroshima in 1909, acted tremendously for Peace in his life.

After the Hiroshima bombing, his actions were depicted into the best-seller novel “Hiroshima” written by John Hersey. This tragic experience had Reverend Tanimoto feel the necessity to act for Peace in the world.

Reverend Tanimoto went to the US to promote peace and collect money for the wounded in Hiroshima. He Never stopped fighting for peace until his death in 1987.

His daughter Koko, who was eight months old when the bomb hit Hiroshima on 6 August 1945, also has been spending her life promoting peace around the world.

And now Reverend Tanimoto’s family and friends would like to perpetuate Mr. Tanimoto’s intellectual heritage through this foundation: “the Tanimoto Peace Foundation”

Our Vision and Pillars

The TPF Vision is to nurture peace globally and individually through our four pillars.

A pillar is a strong vertical column that supports a building or a temple.  The four pillars of the Tanimoto Peace Foundation support the Temple of Peace that we would like to build together.

Those pillars are:

  • History
  • Education
  • Art
  • Spirituality

The History Pillar:  To examine what happened in the past (focusing on Japan first) related to war and peace and how it affects our society today.

The Education Pillar:  To study approaches to peace education and activism in the World, focusing on Japan and especially Hiroshima first.

The Art Pillar:  To consider how Art has always produced expressions of peace and how it is a medium to reach deeper truth.

The Spiritual Pillar:  To look deeper within oneself to find inner peace.

The TPF long-term goal is to build a physical Peace Center unifying our four Pillars. The Peace Center will host peace art exhibits and performances, history symposia as well as peace education and spiritual activities.

Our Mission

  • Facilitate the hosting of people (starting from University level) interested in knowing more about what happened in Hiroshima, and our 4 pillars
  • Elaborate a Taylor-made curriculum/tour  for those people
  • Exchange with the general public around topic dealing with our 4 pillars