From Hope to Hiroshima will be held on Tuesday, August 6th, starting at 6:00 PM at Green Lake in Seattle at Green Lake, Northwest shore, near Seattle Public Theater at the Bathhouse, 7312 West Green Lake Drive North.

Starting at 6 PM: Join for lantern preparation, music, picnicking and more

– Lantern Calligraphy, until 7:30 pm — organized by Beikoku Shodo Kenkyukai (Japanese Calligraphers) and Gurudwara Singh Sabha (Punjabi Calligraphers) and Khalsa Gurmat Center

– Photo exhibit Hiroshima and Nagasaki after the atomic bombings

– Atomic Footprints poster exhibit

– Exhibition of “Little Boy (folded)” by Yukiyo Kawano, a fabric sculpture, and full-scale replica of the Little Boy bomb dropped on Hiroshima

– Silent Space for Reflection: The evening’s silent space for reflection is hosted by the Seattle chapter of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship (BPF) and by the Listening Dharma Zen Temple. All are invited to meditate, pray, or simply reflect in this space, anytime from 6:00 to 7:00. Location: on the dock used for lantern-floating, west of the stage.

6:45 PM

Music by Kuniko and Marcia Takamura, koto

7:00 PM – The program begins, including: 

Welcome, Opening Remarks, and Announcements by Emcee, Esther Little Dove John

Blessing/Prayer Song, Matt Remle (Lakota)

Seattle Kokon Taiko

Gospel/Peace Song, Patrinell Wright

Keynote Speaker: David Swanson, acclaimed author, journalist, peace activist

Traditional Latin Music, Correo Aereo Trio

Closing Remarks, Esther “Little Dove” John

Poetry: Azura Tyabji, Seattle Youth Poet Laureate 2018/2019, about the Toro Nagashi, Br. Gilberto Perez, Nipponzan Myohoji Japanese Buddhist Order, Bainbridge Island

8:15 PM

Toro Nagashi Lantern Floating Ceremony, procession to the Launching Dock:Led by Gilberto Perez; Emcee; Hibakusha; Participants in the Interfaith Peace Walk; Elders, Speakers, and Performers

Music: James Jennings, Shakuhachi (at the pier)

FOR MORE INFORMATION: 206-928-2590 or [email protected]

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