Tours of Grass Roots House are free!
Grass Roots House is a private peace museum focusing on issues related to peace, education, and the environment. It is located in Kochi City, Japan. One of the functions of the museum is to pass on an awareness of the reality of war and the value of peace to the next generation. Pertinent artifacts and materials are collected, classified, and exhibited in order to accomplish this. The museum also produces materials on peace education and distributes them to a wide audience. It is said that "Nature is the best model for peace;" at Grass Roots House, we try to learn from nature and create lifestyles which harmonize with it.
The first floor of the museum contains a small hall with a piano, microphone, video equipment, and a kitchen. It has a capacity of 50 people and is used for various events including conferences, concerts, films, exhibitions, study meetings, and theatrical performances.
What we do:
- Our role is to organize grass roots action with the aim of creating peace.
- We store and collect materials, and every two years we organize travel to the sites of past battles to learn about what happened there.
- We create and publish articles and Peace Conference commentaries to encourage learning.
- Grass Roots House has committees which organize movie screenings, group research, and other community projects. Calligraphy and reading classes and other events are also organized here.
- Every year during the Peace Tanabata festival in July, we organize the decoration of Kochi's city center with one million paper cranes to commemorate the bombing of Kochi during World War II.
- We exchange information and network with related facilities and organizations.
- We support the Life Link organization, which aims to create recycling culture in our society.
- We organize exhibitions about the air raids in Kochi, and other special exhibits.
Please become a member!
Grass Roots House is made up of individual members. Your active participation helps to support our operation. We encourage you to join us! The annual membership fee is 3,000 yen for adults, and 1,500 yen for students.
We also encourage you to join the Constitution Forest (2,000 yen membership fee). Forest products are created using a peaceful, environmentally sound model. Please join our life and peace network!
Location and Hours
Hours: 9 am to 6 pm
Closed: Sundays, Wednesdays, and holidays (Open if you have pre-booked.)
The hall and the small library on the second floor can be rented by members for 1,000 yen per hour.
The hall (50 people) and the second floor library (20 people) can be booked up to three months in advance. No fee will be charged if a booking is cancelled at least one week before the event. The full fee will be charged for cancellation less than one week in advance. The free per hour is 1,000 yen for members and 1,500 yen for non-members. The hall and library are usually closed on Wednesdays, Sundays, and holidays.