JapanCulture•NYC http://www.japanculture-nyc.com ALL THINGS JAPANESE IN NEW YORK CITY Tue, 08 Aug 2017 17:33:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.10 How to Eat Like a Samurai http://www.japanculture-nyc.com/2017/08/08/how-to-eat-like-a-samurai/ http://www.japanculture-nyc.com/2017/08/08/how-to-eat-like-a-samurai/#respond Tue, 08 Aug 2017 17:33:23 +0000 http://www.japanculture-nyc.com/?p=18462 September 26, 20176:30 pmto8:30 pm



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How to Eat Like a Samurai

Tuesday, September 26 at 6:30 p.m.

Japan Society – 333 E. 47th Street (between First and Second Avenues)

Admission: $20/$16 Japan Society members, seniors, and students

The samurai lifestyle was nourished by a simple, balanced diet that lent the warriors strength and agility on the battlefield. Mealtime was a time for replenishment and rejuvenation, centered around wholesome foods like lotus root, dried taro stems, wasabi and shiso.

Kanna Himiya, Michael Romano, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan, NYC, Japan Society, samurai, diet, Japanese cuisine, The Samurai GourmetIn this Japan Society TALKS+ event, Kanna Himiya, author of The Samurai Gourmet and a descendant of the chef of the powerful Maeda samurai clan from Ishikawa Prefecture, reveals the ancient recipes and eating habits of Japan’s legendary military class. Michael Romano, renowned chef and food ambassador of Ishikawa Prefecture, will moderate the discussion.

Followed by a book signing and sake tasting reception featuring sake produced in Ishikawa Prefecture.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit Japan Society’s website.

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Afro Yaqui Music Collective Honors Fred Ho (1957-2014) http://www.japanculture-nyc.com/2017/08/08/afro-yaqui-music-collective-honors-fred-ho-1957-2014/ http://www.japanculture-nyc.com/2017/08/08/afro-yaqui-music-collective-honors-fred-ho-1957-2014/#respond Tue, 08 Aug 2017 16:27:04 +0000 http://www.japanculture-nyc.com/?p=18459 August 11, 20177:30 pmto11:30 pm



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Afro Yaqui Music Collective Honors Fred Ho (1957-2014)

Friday, August 11 at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6:00 p.m.)

Ginny’s Supper Club at Red Rooster – 310 Lenox Avenue at 125th Street

Admission: $15 in advance

Fred Ho – called the “greatest baritone saxophonist of all time” by The New Yorker – would be celebrating his 60th birthday on August 10. Despite a life cut short by a relentless cancer, Ho’s output remains massive, with more than 15 albums as a bandleader, several full-length Manga Operas which fused jazz and marital arts choreography, and a distinctive Afro Asian style he can call his own. By combining revolutionary politics with African and Asian musical traditions, Ho pioneered a vibrant new form of jazz deployed in service of eco-socialist ideals.
The Afro Yaqui Music Collective is a nine-piece outfit that descends from Ho’s Afro Asian revolutionary ensembles and musical concepts. Led by Ben Barson, Ho’s Baritone protege who “he felt has the heft and sound to represent [Ho’s] assertive approach (The New York Times),” the band will include alumni of Ho’s groups such as trumpet maestro Jon Mark McGowan and Aaron J. Johnson.

Theatre artist Marina Celander and multimedia artist Nejma Shea will also be joining the ensemble. On top of it all, special guest Baritone Saxophonist Calaire Daaley and Bassoonist Karen Borca will be performing Fred’s work and new works as well!

The Afro Yaqui Music Collective has invited the Cuban trumpet and keyboard virtuoso Albertico Lescay to perform with the collective. Ho was long interested in the ways that the cultures of the African diaspora have contributed to the formation of jazz and a transnational consciousness embedded in the music. Lescay’s work is no stranger to these themes, which embeds in complex harmonic and melodic arrangements the ritual and functional music of his hometown of Santiago de Cuba.

Ginny’s Supper Club was a special location for Ho. Despite refusing to perform in clubs or bars since the late 1980s, Ho felt Ginny’s was an exceptional venue, and he organized a special series of concerts toward the end of his life. He unofficially inaugurated the downstairs Supper Club with his tribute to Black Power activist and under-recognized composer Cal Massey’s Black Liberation Movement Suite, which jazz critic Will Friedwald in his review of Ho’s interpretation in the Wall Street Journal, wrote “was well worth the 40-year wait that it took to be heard.” Massey, who performed at the original Red Rooster with Charlie Parker, would have understood Ho as a fellow visionary iconoclast.

To purchase tickets, please visit Ginny’s Supper Club’s website.

“Fred Ho’s style is a genre unto itself, a pioneering fusion of free-jazz and traditional Chinese music that manages to combine truculence and delicacy with such natural ease that it sounds positively organic.”

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Taka Kigawa Plays Olivier Messiaen http://www.japanculture-nyc.com/2017/08/08/taka-kigawa-plays-olivier-messiaen/ http://www.japanculture-nyc.com/2017/08/08/taka-kigawa-plays-olivier-messiaen/#respond Tue, 08 Aug 2017 15:27:01 +0000 http://www.japanculture-nyc.com/?p=18456 August 28, 20177:00 pmto9:00 pm



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Taka Kigawa Plays Olivier Messiaen

Monday, August 28 at 7:00 p.m. (Doors open at 6:00 p.m.)

(le) Poisson Rouge – 158 Bleecker Street (between Thompson and Sullivan Streets)

Admission: Table seating $25 in advance/$30 day of show; Standing room $20 in advance/$25 day of show

Critically acclaimed concert pianist Taka Kigawa will present a solo recital at (le) Poisson Rouge, performing Olivier Messiaen: Catalogue d’Oiseaux.

French composer Messiaen’s Catalogue d’Oiseaux, or Catalogue of Birds, reflects his passion for ornithology and comprises thirteen movements that depict a specific bird.

A native of Nagano, Japan, Kigawa received a Bachelor of Arts from Shinshu University and a Master of Arts from Tokyo Gakugei (Liberal Arts) University, graduating with honors in Piano Performance. He has performed extensively as a recitalist and soloist in New York, with appearances in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall; Washington, D.C.; Boston; Cleveland; Paris; Milan; and Barcelona.

His New York City recital in 2010 was chosen as one of the best concerts of the year by The New York Times, and his New York City recital in August 2011 was picked as one of the most notable concerts in the 2011-2012 season by Musical America. Kigawa’s solo recitals at (le) Poisson Rouge over the past several years have all been resounding successes, receiving unqualified critical acclaim from both audiences and critics. His August 2012 recital at LPR, in which he performed J.S. Bach’s The Art of Fugue entirely from memory, broke the attendance record in the solo recital genre, a record it holds to this day.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit (le) Poisson Rouge’s website.

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“Proof of Loyalty: Kazuo Yamane and the Nisei Soldiers of Hawaii” http://www.japanculture-nyc.com/2017/08/02/proof-of-loyalty-kazuo-yamane-and-the-nisei-soldiers-of-hawaii/ http://www.japanculture-nyc.com/2017/08/02/proof-of-loyalty-kazuo-yamane-and-the-nisei-soldiers-of-hawaii/#respond Wed, 02 Aug 2017 21:18:55 +0000 http://www.japanculture-nyc.com/?p=18453 August 3, 20179:45 pmto10:45 pm



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Proof of Loyalty

Proof of Loyalty: Kazuo Yamane and the Nisei Soldiers of Hawaii

Thursday, August 3 at 9:45 p.m.

Asia Society – 725 Park Avenue at 70th Street

Admission: $15/$11 seniors, students, handicapped patrons, Asian CineVision Members and Community Partners

The Asian American International Film Festival continues with the World Premiere of Kazuo Yamane and the Nisei Soldiers of Hawaii, a documentary directed by Lucy Ostrander and Don Sellers.

The film tells the story of Kazuo Yamane, a Japanese American who played a crucial strategic role in World War II. He and his fellow Nisei from Hawaii combatted prejudice and discrimination to serve their country loyally. Their extraordinary service, mostly untold, ultimately changed the course of U.S. history.

Thanks to the generosity of our friends at AAIFF, JC•NYC readers will receive a 25% discount for general admission tickets to ANY film or program during the festival – not just the Japanese ones! Use promo code JCNYCaaiff40 when purchasing tickets through AAIFF’s website.

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“Persona Non Grata” and the Legacy of Chiune Sugihara http://www.japanculture-nyc.com/2017/07/31/persona-non-grata-and-the-legacy-of-chiune-sugihara/ http://www.japanculture-nyc.com/2017/07/31/persona-non-grata-and-the-legacy-of-chiune-sugihara/#respond Tue, 01 Aug 2017 02:56:34 +0000 http://www.japanculture-nyc.com/?p=18439 In the summer of 1940, a Japanese diplomat serving as the Counsel-General in Kaunas, Lithuania, defied his government’s orders and issued more than 2,000 visas to Jewish refugees, enabling them to escape the Holocaust. Often referred to as the “Japanese Schindler,” Chiune Sugihara’s act of bravery and humanity led the State of Israel to name him “Righteous Among the Nations” and many others to write books and produce films about his extraordinary life.

The most recent such film is Persona Non Grata, produced by the film division of Nippon Television, and it will have its New York festival premiere as part of the Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema. Unlike previous films about Sugihara, Persona Non Grata is a historical drama, not a documentary.

“I can’t speak for Nippon Television, but historical pieces tend to be less dry,” says director Cellin Gluck via Skype on the decision to go the biopic route.

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Director Cellin Gluck. Photo By Sthanlee B. Mirador

Gluck was born and raised in Japan. His father, Jay, was Jewish, and his mother, Sumi, was a Nisei (a second-generation Japanese American) who was incarcerated in Rohwer War Relocation Center during WWII. Sumi attended Hunter College in New York after being released from camp, and she eventually became the first foreign exchange student in Japan after the war. Jay followed Sumi to Japan, where he studied tea at the famed Urasenke Center. Gluck’s film credits include director of the Japanese version of Sideways starring Oscar-nominated Japanese actress Rinko Kikuchi and screenwriter of Oba: The Last Samurai, working with actor Toshiaki Karasawa.

Gluck first heard about Sugihara’s story ten years ago, when a friend of his wanted to make a movie based on The Fugu Plan: The Untold Story of the Japanese and the Jews During World War II, a book by Mary Swartz and Rabbi Marvin Tokayer, Lifetime Honorary Rabbi for the Jewish Community in Japan. The project didn’t take off, but in 2014 Nippon Television approached both Gluck and Karasawa about a Sugihara film to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII. Since the film would be shot outside of Japan, Karasawa, who plays our hero, requested the bilingual Gluck to helm Persona Non Grata, and Gluck could not refuse.

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Shot on location in Poland, Persona Non Grata delves deeper into Sugihara’s past, showing us his early days in Manchuria, which led to his eventual post in Lithuania. There are action scenes with intrigue and feats of derring-do, and Nippon Television took some liberties with a few details of Sugihara’s life.

“We can’t claim to say that the specific incidents happened the same way that they happened [on screen] – it is a movie,” says Gluck. “But that doesn’t change the nature of Sugihara’s deed.”

Sugihara’s altruistic actions were brave considering Japan’s alliance with Germany, but Persona Non Grata shows us that he didn’t act alone. Dutch Consul Jan Zwartendijk (Wenanty Nosul) devised the plan to provide entry to the Dutch colony of Curaçao, but the refugees would need to travel to Japan via Vladivostok first. It would be up to Sugihara to provide transit visas to Japan, but his requests to his government were denied. Sugihara’s wife, Yukiko (Koyuki), served as his moral compass. His driver, Pesh (Borys Szyc), was a Polish military man whose family had been murdered by the Germans, while his secretary, Wolfgang Gudze (Cezary Łukaszewicz), did not hide his disdain for the Jews. Yet they worked tirelessly together to aid Sugihara’s humanitarian effort. Japan wasn’t accepting any refugees, but the diplomats stationed in Vladivostok were also compelled to help the Jews make the passage to Japan, despite being in clear insubordination of their government’s orders.

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Toshiaki Karasawa as Chiune Sugihara and Cezary Łukaszewicz as Wolfgang Gudze in “Persona Non Grata”

Although there hasn’t been a theatrical release in the US, Persona Non Grata has made the festival rounds. Among them, in January 2016 the film was screened at the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, and in March of that year, it was featured at CineMatsuri in Washington, DC, presented by the Japan-America Society. In New York the film screened at the UN in January of this year as part of its Holocaust remembrance program.

Gluck says that every screening has been well received with a capacity crowd, including a couple of “Sugihara Survivors,” as the recipients of those precious, life-saving visas are called, including Nathan Lewin, an influential attorney who lectures in law at Columbia Law School, and Leo Melamed, a finance pioneer who is universally recognized as the founder of financial futures. Their presence, along with descendants of Sugihara Survivors who attended the screenings, bolsters Gluck’s resolve that Persona Non Grata is an important film.

“Unfortunately the topic of the film is very timely,” says Gluck, referring to the current political climate. “Things like this need to be discussed, and we can’t lose perspective . . . We say in our film that more than 40,000 descendants are alive today [because of Sugihara’s selfless act]. At one screening we met a man who is one of 256 descendants,” proving the impact of Sugihara’s visas has a ripple effect of almost 80 years.

With an unfortunate screening time of 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 9 at Kew Gardens Cinemas in Queens,one can only hope that there will be enough people in the audience to learn about this amazing moment in history.

“We would love to have more screenings in New York,” says Gluck, who adds that the filmmakers are working on getting distribution in the US, as well as online streaming.

For those who can attend the screening in Kew Gardens, the history lesson is well worth the price of admission ($16). What Sugihara did to save the Jews happened 77 years ago, but the morality and humanity behind those actions resonate today.

“Here is a man who, country aside and believing in his core principles, did what he felt was the right thing to do,” says Gluck. “One person can make a difference.”

Persona Non Grata screens at the Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema on at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 9 at Kew Gardens Cinema, 81-05 Lefferts Blvd in Kew Gardens, Queens. To purchase tickets, please visit the Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema website.

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Four Seasons in NY: Gems of Japanese Music http://www.japanculture-nyc.com/2017/07/30/four-seasons-in-ny-gems-of-japanese-music/ http://www.japanculture-nyc.com/2017/07/30/four-seasons-in-ny-gems-of-japanese-music/#respond Mon, 31 Jul 2017 01:51:41 +0000 http://www.japanculture-nyc.com/?p=18436 August 5, 20174:00 pmto5:30 pm



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Four Seasons in NY: Gems of Japanese Music

Saturday, August 5 from 4:00 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.

CRS (Center for Remembering and Sharing) – 123 4th Avenue (between 12th and 13th Streets), 2nd Floor

Admission: $25

CRS and Mar Creation, Inc. continue their seasonal concert series, Four Seasons in New York — Gems of Japanese Music. Discover traditional Japanese music by acclaimed koto and shamisen player Yoko Reikano Kimura, whose wide-ranging repertoire features classical music and improvisational pieces. This series features each season’s representative traditional musical works chosen by Kimura.

For the summer concert Kimura programmed two classical pieces that evoke beautiful sceneries of Sumida River in Edo (Tokyo) and Uji River in Kyoto. Kimura will also perform a solo koto piece, “Omoide – Nostalgia” composed by Kimio Eto, who was an active koto performer in New York during the 1950s and ‘60s. Enjoy the music that evokes the cool breeze by the river.

August’s program:
“Hototogisu – Little Cuckoo” – Yamada-kengyo
“Sarashi” – Fukakusa-kengyo
“Omoide – Nostalgia” – Kimio Eto

The music is paired with the colorful and delicate wagashi, Japanese-style confectionaries, prepared by mochi Rin NYC. Each season is expressed through ingredients. Spring traditionally begins with sakura (cherry blossoms), broccoli rabe, strawberries and raspberries, followed by elderflower, rose, edamame and sansho (Japanese pepper) in summer. As autumn approaches we’ll pick chrysanthemum, apples, grapes, chestnuts, and hazelnuts; and yuzu and kumquats in winter. Even within one season, the taste and the form change gradually from hashiri (first harvest or catch of the season) through nagori (the final traces).

After the concert, wagashi specialist mochi Rin will serve a handmade Japanese confectionary. The bite-sized mochi dessert is made with organic bean paste and locally produced seasonal fruits and flowers and is included in the price of admission.

Seating is limited, so purchase your tickets in advance at CRS’s website, by phone 212-677-8621, or in person at CRS.

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Nagasaki Day Peace Program http://www.japanculture-nyc.com/2017/07/30/nagasaki-day-peace-program-2/ http://www.japanculture-nyc.com/2017/07/30/nagasaki-day-peace-program-2/#respond Mon, 31 Jul 2017 01:00:45 +0000 http://www.japanculture-nyc.com/?p=18434 August 8, 20177:00 pmto11:00 pm



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Nagasaki Day Peace Program

Tuesday, August 8 from 7:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m.

Tenri Cultural Institute – 43A W. 13th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues)

Admission: Free

A reception commemorating the 72nd anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki will begin at 7:00 p.m., followed by a peace concert and the livecasting of the Nagasaki peace ceremony.

Paule Saviano will speak about his photography exhibition From Above. Following Saviano’s talk there will be a Benefit Peace Concert at 8:30 p.m., featuring local musicians, including violinist Sumiko Tajihi, vibraphone player Mika Mimura, members of Tenri Gagaku Music Society of NY, and Japan Choral Harmony “TOMO,” a choir group led by conductor Mike Shirota.

At 9:30 p.m., guests will see a live streaming of the memorial ceremony from Nagasaki City, which includes a speech by Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue. At exactly 10:02 p.m., the exact moment of the Nagasaki bombing (August 9 at 11:02 a.m. Japan time), a bell for peace will be rung.

This exhibition is co-sponsored by the Buddhist Council of New York and the Interfaith Center of New York, in partnership with Nagasaki Prefectural Government, supported by the Origami Therapy Association, and hosted by Tenri Cultural Institute.

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Peace From New York: An Evening of Nagasaki Peace Ceremony Live Viewing Event with Music and Poetry Reading http://www.japanculture-nyc.com/2017/07/30/peace-from-new-york-an-evening-of-nagasaki-peace-ceremony-live-viewing-event-with-music-and-poetry-reading/ http://www.japanculture-nyc.com/2017/07/30/peace-from-new-york-an-evening-of-nagasaki-peace-ceremony-live-viewing-event-with-music-and-poetry-reading/#respond Mon, 31 Jul 2017 00:33:12 +0000 http://www.japanculture-nyc.com/?p=18430 August 8, 20178:00 pmto10:45 pm



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Peace From New York: An Evening of Nagasaki Peace Ceremony Live Viewing Event with Music and Poetry Reading

Tuesday, August 8 from 8:00 p.m. until 10:45 p.m.

Studio 353 – 353 W. 48th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues), 2nd Floor

Suggested Donation: $10

New York Peace Film Festival (NYPFF) will hold a live viewing event of the Nagasaki Peace Ceremony with music and poetry reading at Studio 353.

This year commemorates the 72nd anniversary of the tragic bombing of Nagasaki during World War II. Until August 9, 1945, Nagasaki had a rich history and played an important role in Japanese history. Dejima, a fan-shaped man-made island, was built by the wealthy merchants in Nagasaki in the early 16th century. It was Japan’s only door to the world, trading with the West, initially with the Portuguese and then the Dutch. We are also entertained by the stories like Puccini’s Madame Butterfly and the film Silence, which are set in the port city where East meets West.

NYPFF has been involved with live viewing events since 2012 when the City of Nagasaki began broadcasting the ceremony with English voiceovers. NYPFF delivers the ultimate wish of Hibakusha, survivors of the bombing, that Nagasaki will be the last city to experience a nuclear attack in our human history.

Before the viewing event, there will be a musical performance by New York-based award-winning jazz pianist Takeshi Ohbayashi and classically trained singer Hiromi Kajiwara from Japan. Mari Maeda, a reporter/announcer, will read poetry to open the event.

8:00 p.m. until 9:20 p.m. – Music with Poetry Reading
9:30 p.m. until 10:45 p.m. – Nagasaki Peace Ceremony Live Viewing

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j-Summit New York Japan-U.S. Peace Memorial Concert http://www.japanculture-nyc.com/2017/07/30/j-summit-new-york-japan-u-s-peace-memorial-concert/ http://www.japanculture-nyc.com/2017/07/30/j-summit-new-york-japan-u-s-peace-memorial-concert/#respond Sun, 30 Jul 2017 23:18:09 +0000 http://www.japanculture-nyc.com/?p=18426 August 6, 20178:30 pmto10:30 pm



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j-Summit New York Japan-U.S. Peace Memorial Concert

Sunday, August 6 from 8:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. (doors open at 8:00 p.m.)

The Bitter End – 147 Bleecker Street (between Laguardia Place and Thompson Street)

Admission: $15 at the door

j-Summit NY presents Japan-U.S. Peace Memorial Concert to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki  during World War II. The Bitter End hosts the concert featuring legendary rock ‘n’ roll star Alan Merrill, the original composer of “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll,” famously covered by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and most recently by Japanese superstar Superfly. As a teen, Merrill became the biggest foreign pop idol in Japan, recording albums and starring in commercials and a soap opera during the early 1970s.

Other artists performing at j-Summit include the local rock trio Naoki with Mike and Ryosuke and rock/pop band Lotus Verry.

Since 2009 j-Summit has brought diverse groups from Japan and the local area to the stage. The concert series has also raised money for the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund and Kumamoto.

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24th Annual Interfaith Peace Gathering http://www.japanculture-nyc.com/2017/07/30/24th-annual-interfaith-peace-gathering/ http://www.japanculture-nyc.com/2017/07/30/24th-annual-interfaith-peace-gathering/#respond Sun, 30 Jul 2017 20:55:02 +0000 http://www.japanculture-nyc.com/?p=18424 August 5, 20175:00 pmto7:30 pm



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24th Annual Interfaith Peace Gathering

Saturday, August 5 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 4:30 p.m.)

St. Bartholomew’s Church – 325 Park Avenue (between 50th and 51st Streets)

Admission: Free

The 24th Annual Interfaith Peace Ceremony commemorates the 72nd anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II.

Rev. Dr. T. Kenjitsu Nakagaki, a Japanese Buddhist priest, Hiroshima Peace Ambassador, Peace Correspondent of Nagasaki, President of the Buddhist Council of New York, and former Vice President of the Interfaith Center of New York, has organized this Annual Interfaith Peace Gathering since 1994. This commemorative 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 representatives of associations of local New York City Japanese residents who originally hail from Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Hiroshima survivor Tomiko Morimoto West will share her story.

The Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi, a well known American Buddhist monk who was born and raised in Brooklyn, will present the keynote address. Ven. Bodhi is known for his translations of many Buddhist scriptures into English and his social engagement on issues such as poverty, climate change, and peace building.

The event will feature Japanese and American musicians including Grammy nominated jazz pianist Toshiko Akiyoshi and flautist Lew Tabackin; Kaoru Watanabe, a Japanese taiko drum player; Sumiko Tajihi, violinist; the Brooklyn Interdenominational Choir, led by Pastor Frank Haye; Japan Choral Harmony “TOMO,” a New York-based Japanese choir; and the Tenri Gagaku Music Society of New York.

At exactly 7:15 p.m., the exact moment of the Hiroshima bombing (8:15 a.m. August 6 Japan time), a bell for peace will be rung.

Hiroshima and Nagasaki A-bomb Photo Exhibition will be on display in the sanctuary entrance. The event will be followed by a Silent Peace Walk to Fifth Avenue.

This event is co-sponsored by the Buddhist Council of New York and the Interfaith Center of New York, in partnership with the City of Nagasaki, supported by the Origami Therapy Association, and hosted by St. Bartholomew’s Church and Episcopal Peace Fellowship.

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