The opening ceremony
The first national convention
Yubin Tomonokai, the former name of Pen Friend Clubs of Japan, was established based on the travel club by mail which was organized by the Nagoya Post and Telegraphic Office in 1949. Even in the chaos of postwar Japan, junior high school students who participated in the club traced the delivery route of one postcard from the original mailing point to its destination using railways and automobiles. And they realized that the Japanese mail service had already recovered from the war, and held great hope that “we can communicate with friends in various countries, as well as in Japan, through letters.”
And then, the opening ceremony was held in Higashiyama Zoo in Nagoya, and the first national convention of Yubin Tomonokai was held in the main auditorium of Nihon University in Tokyo. In this way, the activities of the club spread all over Japan.
Many activities, such as publishing the official News of Yubin Tomonokai, for information exchange among members, movements for promoting peace, and heartwarming communications through correspondences, were carried out from 1950.