“Interfaith Peace Gathering to commemorate Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic Bombings”

Manhattan, New York – Please join us for the 26th Annual Interfaith Peace Ceremony to Commemorate the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings. The event will be held at Japan Society @333 E. 47th Street, NYC on Monday, August 5, 6:00pm – 8:00pm (the door opens at 5:30pm). At 7:15 PM, the exact moment of the Hiroshima bombing (8:15 Aug. 6th Japan time), a bell for peace will be rung.

Rev. Dr. T. Kenjitsu Nakagaki, a Japanese Buddhist priest, Hiroshima Peace Ambassador, Peace Correspondent of Nagasaki, President/Founder of the Heiwa Peace and Reconciliation Foundation of New York; Former President of the Buddhist Council of New York has organized this Annual Interfaith Peace Gathering since 1994. This commemorative ceremony will include religious leaders (Rev. Susana Bastarrica, Bidita Rahman Bhuiyan Rev. Chloe Breyer, Guru Dileepji Maharaj, Rabbi Michael Feinberg, Pastor Haye Frank, Rev. Jiro Mihama, Ven. Rifa Shi, and Dr. Kazuko Tatsumura), along with musicians and choirs from Japan and the United States.

Messages from the Mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki will be read by representatives from associations of local NYC Japanese residents who originally hail from Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Hiroshima survivor Tomiko Morimoto West will share her story. The keynote address will be presented by Jonathan Granoff, President of the Global Security Institute. He is a senior adviser of American Bar Association’s Committee on Arms Control and National Security, and has served as Vice President of the NGO Committee on Disarmament at the United Nations.

The event will feature Japanese and American musicians and artists: (New York based musicians) Toshiko Akiyoshi, jazz pianist and Lew Tabackin, saxophonist; Brooklyn Interdenominational ChoirTenri Gagaku Music Society of New York; Circle Wind Boys & Girls Choir; (Japan based musicians and artists) Eita, calligrapher/poet and Dai, singer/guitarist; Fumiko Yamato, Yamatomai Japanese dancer; Shizuno Nasu, Contemporary Dancer; Miho “ARIA” Kawauchi, Crystal bowl player; and Yasunobu Matsuo, pianist. AlsoHeiwa Peace Band, featuring Sonny Ochiai and Rino will appear at 5:45pm, prior to the ceremony.

The Hiroshima and Nagasaki A-bomb Photo Exhibition will be on display In the Japan Society Foyer from 3:30 PM. Peace Arts by Kunio Suzuki will be displayed.

This event is sponsored by the Heiwa Peace Reconciliation Foundation of New York, and supported by the Buddhist Council of New York, the Interfaith Center of New York, Interfaith Center of USA and the Origami Therapy Association, in partnership with the City of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Prefectural Government. We appreciate the Japan Society for providing us the wonderful space for this year’s ceremony.

IMPORTANT! RSVP is required for this year, because of limited seats available.
If you are interested in joining us, please e-mail with a note “Yes for Peace” to:
HEIWAfoundationNY@gmail.com or call /text to: 646-797-7982.
Then we will provide with instructions.