The Heiwa Peace and Reconciliation Foundation to Commemorate Hiroshima and Nagasaki Anniversaries

28th Hiroshima•Nagasaki Interfaith Peace Gathering 2021

Thursday, August 5 from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 8 from 8:00 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.

Facebook Live and YouTube Live

Admission: Free (Donations accepted)

Founders of The Heiwa Peace and Reconciliation Foundation will hold their 28th Hiroshima/Nagasaki Interfaith Memorial events to commemorate the atomic bombings of the two Japanese cities during World War II. For the second consecutive year, the events will be held online due to the continued risks created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Although we are unable to gather in person, it is still important for people to come together in whatever way we can to remember and learn about these two tragic historic episodes that had so much impact on the 20th century and beyond. Holding an online event also provides an opportunity to include people from all over the world to join and connect with each other, which wasn’t possible when the organizers held the events in person in New York.

The memorial events will take place on Thursday, August 5 and Sunday, August 8 Eastern Daylight Time. They will feature interfaith peace prayer and meditation by various religious traditions including Buddhism, Shintoism, Hinduism, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. There will also be keynote speakers, musical performances, and testimonials from hibakusha (survivors of the atomic bombings). Both events can be viewed in real time and for replay on Facebook Live and YouTube.

About The Heiwa Peace and Reconciliation Foundation

Rev. Dr. TK Nakagaki, a New York-based, Japan-born Jodoshinshu (Pure Land) Buddhist Priest, founded The Heiwa Peace and Reconciliation Foundation three years ago to promote peace in the world and non-violent conflict resolution. In addition to the Hiroshima/Nagasaki memorial events, this 501(c)3 nonprofit organization supports and organizes many peace-related activities throughout the year using the guiding principles of Buddhism.

Donations from individuals as well as community-based businesses and organizations fund the organization’s activities. This year, all donors—except for those who request to remain anonymous—will be listed on their website and on the YouTube/Facebook broadcast of the Hiroshima/Nagasaki events.

Hiroshima Program – Thursday, August 5 from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.

Keynote Speaker
Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury from the Global Movement for The Culture of Peace

Guest Speakers
Tomiko Morimoto West, a hibakusha who survived the Hiroshima bombing

Haneen Khalid, a young leader from the Research Association, Parliament of Pakistan

Rev. Kenjo Omori, a Buddhist Priest whose family temple was the closest Buddhist temple to ground zero in Hiroshima

Michi Takeuchi, a representative from NY Hiroshima-kai, will read a greeting from Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui.

Musical Performers
Grammy-nominated pianist Toshiko Akiyoshi and her husband, saxophonist/flautist Lew Tabackin

Shinji Harada, one of Japan’s top recording artists

The Brooklyn Interdenominational Choir

Art for Peace will include works by Taisan Tanaka, Molly Ackerman, and Toshiko Kobayashi.

YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wN_58bJhFj4

Nagasaki Program – Sunday, August 8 from 8:00 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.

Keynote Speaker
Monica Willard from the United Religions Initiative Voices for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons Cooperation Circle

Guest Speaker
Nobuto Hirano, a nissei hibakusha (second-generation survivor) from Nagasaki

Nobu Kimoto of NY Battenkai will read a greeting from Tomohisa Taue, the Mayor of Nagasaki.

Musical Performers
Migiwa Miyajima, New York-based Japanese jazz composer and big band conductor

Shinji Harada, one of Japan’s top recording artists

Reona Ito, New York-based Japanese orchestral and choral conductor

Petrichor, a Japanese vocal group

Lulla Laylla (A-bomb exhibit)

Art for Peace will include works by Natsuko Hattori and Carletta Walker.

YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOy_E9ac1QQ

Event Organizers

The Heiwa Peace and Reconciliation Foundation of New York
With support from
Buddhist Council of New York
Interfaith Center of New York
Interfaith Center of USA
New York Board of Rabbis
NPO Gentle Earth
Origami Therapy Association
Pax Christi New York State
Tiara Group
World Yoga Community

The event is free, but The Heiwa Peace and Reconciliation Foundation of New York is accepting tax-deductible donations of any amount. To donate, please visit the organization’s website.