On April 29, Representative Seiko Takase, Director Masaaki Taniyama and Director Michio Takai participated in the Carp Streamer Event at Osaka Expo ’70 Commemorative Park.
The head of the Global Cultural Symbol ‘Koinobori’ Project, Professor Tetsu Nakamura of the Momoyama Gakuin College of Education, is a member of the UN Peace Bell of Peace Preservation Association and has been cooperating with the Association’s activities.
The event took place in the square where the UN Peace Bell was presented by Chiyoji Nakagawa. A magnificent 10′ koinobori (carp streamer) was hoisted on a pole next to the park’s symbol, the Tower of the Sun, while a koinobori by artist Taro Okamoto and a koinobori on which children had written messages were hoisted on a pole by the Expo Pavilion.
The event started with an opening speech by Professor Nakamura, representative of the Koi Nobori-no-kai, followed by a speech by Representative Takase, and Shinji Tokunaga, the chairman of Tokunaga Koinobori Co.. The participating children wrote messages on small carp streamers, rang the 4 kg bell of the UN Peace Bell and enjoyed making large soap bubbles.
The UN Peace Bell at Osaka Expo ’70 Commemorative Park was cleaned up after the damaged roof of the bell tower was re-thatched and the ceiling was replaced.