Photo by Martha Brice

Photo by Martha Brice

From Hiroshima to Hope, Seattle’s annual peace event honoring the victims of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and all victims of war and violence, takes place from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 6 at Green Lake.  This year’s event marks the 71st anniversary of the atomic bombings. The Seattle event is one of the largest commemorations held outside of Japan.

Pre-program activities begin at 6:00 p.m. including lantern calligraphy and folding of paper cranes. A family program with music and speakers, featuring speaker Imam Jamal Rahman, co-founder and Muslim Sufi minister at Interfaith Community Sanctuary, begins at 7 p.m. Performers include the Japanese-American drum performance group, Seattle Kokon Taiko. The candle-lit lanterns are floated on the lake at dusk.  This year’s ceremony again includes the exhibition of artist Yukiyo Kawano’s fabric sculpture, “Little Boy (folded),” a haunting depiction of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945.

From Hiroshima to Hope is created annually by local peace, faith and community organizations. It will be held just south of the Seattle Public Theater at the Bathhouse on Green Lake’s northwest shore. The event is free and open to the public. The Seattle Public Theater is located at 7312 West Green Lake Drive North. For more information, please call 206-453-4471, or see

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