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26th Annual Hiroshima and Nagasaki Peace Commemoration

26th Annual Hiroshima and Nagasaki Peace Commemoration

Monday, August 5 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Japan Society – 333 E. 47th Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenues)

Admission: Free (Suggested donation: $20)

Rev. Dr. T. Kenjitsu Nakagaki, a Japanese Buddhist priest and president/founder of the Heiwa Peace and Reconciliation Foundation of New York, hosts the 26th Hiroshima and Nagasaki Peace Commemoration. A Hiroshima Peace Ambassador, a Peace Correspondent of Nagasaki, and the former President of the Buddhist Council of New York, Rev. Dr. Nakagaki has organized this annual interfaith peace gathering since 1994. The ceremony will include local Buddhist, Shinto, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Muslim, and Native American religious leaders, along with musicians and choirs from Japan and the United States.

Messages from the Mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki will be read by New York residents who originally hail from the two cities. Hiroshima survivor Tomiko Morimoto West will share her story. Jonathan Granoff, President of the Global Security Institute, will deliver the keynote address. He is a senior adviser of American Bar Association’s Committee on Arms Control and National Security, and he has served as Vice President of the NGO Committee on Disarmament at the United Nations.

Performances by Japanese and American musicians and artists

  • Toshiko Akiyoshi, jazz pianist
  • Lew Tabackin, saxophonist
  • Brooklyn Interdenominational Choir
  • Tenri Gagaku Music Society of New York
  • Circle of Wind Boys and Girls Choir
  • Eita, calligrapher/poet
  • Dai, singer/guitarist
  • Fumiko Yamato and Shizuno Nasu, Yamatomai Japanese dancers
  • Miho, Crystal Bowl player
  • Yasunobu Matsuo, pianist and composer
  • Ayumi Ueda, spiritual singer/healer

At 7:15 p.m., the exact moment of the Hiroshima bombing (8:15 a.m. August 6 Japan time), Rev. Dr. Nakagaki will ring a bell for peace.

The Hiroshima and Nagasaki A-bomb Photo Exhibition will be on display in Japan Society’s foyer starting at 3:30 p.m.

This event is sponsored by the Heiwa Peace and Reconciliation Foundation of New York and supported by the Buddhist Council of New York, the Interfaith Center of New York, Interfaith Center of USA, and the Origami Therapy Association, in association with the City of Hiroshima and the Nagasaki Prefectural Government.

Seating is limited, and RSVP is required. To RSVP, please send an email to HEIWAfoundationNY@gmail.com with “Yes for Peace” in the subject line. If you wish to make a donation, you must do so before the event on August 5, as organizers will not collect donations on the day of the event at Japan Society. If you wish to donate $50 or more, you will receive a complimentary ticket to the reception that will follow the ceremony at 8pm. You may donate via PayPal or credit card at http://heiwafoundation.org/Home/Donation, or you can send a check by mail to Heiwa Peace and Reconciliation Foundation of New York at P.O. Box 20405, Floral Park, NY 11002-0405.

For more information, please visit Heiwa Peace and Reconciliation Foundation of New York’s website.