Candle-filled lanterns illuminated Greenlake’s northwest shore near the Seattle Public Theater (or Bathhouse Theater) on August 6, 2022 for the annual Hiroshima to Hope ceremony. The ceremony honors the victims of the1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and all victims of violence. The lanterns were adorned with calligraphy in Japanese by members of the Beikuku Shodo Kenkyu Kai and in the Gurmukhi script by the Gurudwara Singh Sabha of Washington and Khalsa Gurmat School. Before the twilight ceremony, a pro-gram included performances from Seattle Kokon Taiko, poet Sharon Hashimoto, Ukrainian singer Roman Vashchuk, and a keynote by acclaimed retired journalist Lori Matsukawa. Tara Villalba with the WA Physicians for Social Responsibility served as emcee.
All photos by Nicholas Turner