Since March, Bryn Mawr has been hosting a public exhibition of roof tile fragments from buildings devastated in the bombing of Hiroshima.
Titled “Bridges That Stand When All Else Falls Away: TriCo, Japan, and Melted Roof Tiles from Hiroshima 1945,” the exhibition, which runs through May 17 in Canaday Library, showcases the extraordinary relationship between members of the Tri-Co and Japan.
Bridges That Stand places these tile fragments against a relationship that began when a six-year-old girl, Tsuda Umeko, sailed to the United States in 1871 to pursue an education that eventually led her to Bryn Mawr. Senior Advisor for International Initiatives Susan Sutton says, “The strength of the relationship was proved again after the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, and again when Swarthmore President Nason welcomed Japanese-American students during World War II. And yet again when Haverford President Borton devoted his expertise to the reconstruction of Japanese life after the war, and when the Tri-Co responded to the Tohoku earthquake of 2011.”
In celebration of this exhibition and the relationship the schools share with Japan, an event was held at Bryn Mawr last week featuring presentations by Professor Carola Hein; Masako Iino, former president of Tsuda University; and Rebun Kayo of Hiroshima University. Swarthmore College Taiko drummers also performed.