"By having exchanges with foreign countries, the children at
Shintoku Kindergarten have been bound together in friendship since
more than 75 years ago. Let us all make friends with people
throughout the world and work toward world peace."
the Hina Matsuri Assembly
on February 25.
The children introduce her to the parents. Children, parents, and
teachers all participate in the welcoming ceremony.
Shintoku Kindergarten, there is a charming doll in an old wooden
case. Since long ago, it has been handed down by word of mouth,
"This is a Blue-eyed Doll. This
is the friendship doll named "Evangeline" who came from
America 75 years ago in 1927. The director of Shintoku
Kindergarten in those days was the first director Tsuru Shindo. In
America at that time, a movement began to expel Japanese
immigrants. Mr. Gulick I, who had lived in Japan and who was a man
Japan liked very much, was greatly troubled by this situation. He
thought of a good way that the two countries could become good
friends. It was a way that the children would soon become close
friends even though their language was different and their skin
color was different. If the children in both countries became good
friends through exchanging dolls as gifts, then friendship would
spring up. When these children became adults, a peaceful world
would surely be established. He called on the people around him to
participate, and over 12,000 dolls were given to Japan by the
efforts of people who agreed with his ideas. One of these dolls is
Evangeline. However, it is regrettable that afterward the
Pacific War (World War II) began. During the war, anything
associated with Japan's enemies was to be destroyed and burnt, and
Evangeline of course became a target. However, Evangeline was kept safe at Shintoku Kindergarten. There was a
huge air raid on Kofu, and everyone saved the school house, which
was beginning to burn, by throwing water on it. Evangeline also did not get burned up. The people maintained the friendship
represented by the doll.
Gulick I passed away. Now, it is the generation of his grandson
Mr. Gulick, 3d. An acquaintance of mine happened to meet the
grandson Mr. Gulick, 3d, who was told about Evangeline. Mr. Gulick
expressed his thoughts in the following words:
Tamara, who arrived
in February 2001
"I think my grandfather's plan was a
wonderful thing. Therefore, I have decided to continue his legacy. I deeply
appreciate that Shintoku Kindergarten has taken good care of Evangeline.
With the same feelings as my grandfather, I am giving to you a second doll
is the Friendship Doll who Mr. Gulick gave specially to Shintoku
Kindergarten. She brought shoes and clothes handmade by his wife.
We heard that this is the first doll he gave in the 21st century. On this
occasion, the children of Shintoku Kindergarten truly feel bound in friendship
not only with American children but also children around the world. Shintoku's
children want very much to grow up to be adults who will make a peaceful world.
We appreciate very much that Sidney Lewis Gulick has given us the opportunity
to consider again the importance of international goodwill, friendship, and
peace, and also has given us cute Tamara, who we will love dearly. Thank you