Interfaith Peace Gathering – commemoration of Hiroshima & Nagasaki Atomic Bombings

Please join us peace programs in August!!!

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“24th Annual Interfaith Peace Gathering” 

Commemorating the 72nd Year Anniversary of the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

WHERE: St. Bartholomew’s (Bart’s) Church:

325 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10022

WHEN: Saturday, August 5, 2017, at 5:00pm – 7:30pm (door opens at 4:30pm)


Manhattan, New York – Please join us for the 24rd Annual Interfaith Peace Ceremony to commemorate the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings. The event will be held at St. Bartholomew’s Church (St. Bart’s Church) on 325 Park Avenue, 5:00pm – 7:30pm.

Rev. Dr. T. Kenjitsu Nakagaki, a Japanese Buddhist priest, Hiroshima Peace Ambassador, Peace Correspondent of Nagasaki, President of the Buddhist Council of New York and former Vice President of the Interfaith Center of New York, has organized this Annual Interfaith Peace Gathering since 1994. This commemorative ceremony will include local Buddhist, Shinto, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Muslim and Native American religious leaders, 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 Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi, a well-known American Buddhist monk who was born and raised in Brooklyn. Ven. Bodhi is known for his translations of many Buddhist scriptures into English and his social engagement on issues such as poverty, climate change and peace building.

The event will feature Japanese and American musicians including Grammy nominated jazz pianist Toshiko Akiyoshi and flutist Lew Tabackin; Kaoru Watanabe, a Japanese taiko drum player; Sumiko Tajihi, violinisit; the Brooklyn Interdenominational Choir, led by Pastor Frank Haye, and Japan Choral Harmony “TOMO,” a New York based Japanese choir.

At exactly 7:15 PM, the exact moment of the Hiroshima bombing, (8:15 Aug. 6th Japan time) a bell for peace will be rung.

Hiroshima and Nagasaki A-bomb Photo Exhibition will be on display in the sanctuary entrance. The event will be followed by a Silent Peace Walk to Fifth Avenue.

This event is co-sponsored by the Buddhist Council of New York and the Interfaith Center of New York, in partnership with the City of Nagasaki, supported by the Origami Therapy Association, and hosted by the St. Bartholomew’s Church and Episcopal Peace Fellowship.


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“Peace Art and Photo Exhibition” & “Nagasaki Day Peace Program” 

-Hiroshima / Nagasaki 72 Year Anniversary-

WHERE: Tenri Cultural Institute:: 43A W. 13th Street (between 5th Ave. and 6th Ave) NYC

WHEN: August 2 – 15, 2017  (Nagasaki Day Program on August 8):  Mon–Fri: 12pm – 6pm, Sat: 10am – 3pm, Sun: Closed


INFO: / 646-797-7982

August 8, at 7pm – 10:30pm: Reception, Peace Concert, and Live Streaming from Nagasaki (Nagasaki Day Peace Program)

August 5 & 12, at 11am-2:30pm: Origami Workshop, Film, Music and Performance

New York, NY – Please join us for the Peace Art and Photo Exhibition on August 2 –15. The Peace Exhibition provides a great opportunity for New Yorkers to learn about the history of the atomic bombings, and contemplate a more peaceful future.

“Genbakuten: Hiroshima and Nagasaki 1945″ includes 30 posters depicting the story of Hiroshima and Nagasaki that were created by the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum for the purpose of peace education.

“From Above” a photo exhibit by Paule Saviano. “From Above” consists of portraits and reminiscences of atomic bomb survivors from Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and WWII firebombing survivors from European countries.

“Last Message” and “The View” by Natsuko Hattori, a young Japanese sculptor. Her sculptures are created from balls that are individually wrapped with fabric, representing warmth, softness, human touch and love, and bound together to make up an entire whole.

The Peace Exhibition includes some special events. The Official Reception will take place on August 8, at 7pm. Mr. Paul Saviano will speak no his photography exhibtion of “From Above.” It will be followed by a Benefit Peace Concert at 8:30pm, featuring NY local musicians, including Sumiko Tajihi (violinist), Mika Mimura (vibraphone player), members of Tenri Gagaku Music Society of NY, and Japan Choral Harmony “TOMO”(choir group lead by conductor Mike Shirota). At 9:30pm, Live Streaming of the memorial ceremony from Nagasaki City will be shown, which includes a speech by Mayor Tomihisa Taue. At exactly 10:02 PM, the exact moment of the Nagasaki bombing, (in Japan it is 11:02am, Aug. 9th) a bell for peace will be rung.

Saturdays, August 5 & 12, at 11am-2:30pm, we will have an Origami workshop both days. The Films “Paper Lanterns,” (60min. 2016 documentary film directed by Barry Frechette, and produced by Peter Grilli. “The 71st Summer of Comic Artist Nishiyama” and “Journeymation Article 9(animation)” will be shown on August 5, starting at 11am; Music Performance by Anacoustic Mind on August 5 at 12:30pm – 2:00pm; Emoji (Smiling character) Workshop and Calligraphy Performance will be conducted by Taisan Tanaka on August 12, at 12:00pm – 2:30pm.

This exhibition is co-sponsored by the Buddhist Council of New York and the Interfaith Center of New York, in partnership with Nagasaki Prefectural Government, supported by the Origami Therapy Association, and hosted by the Tenri Cultural Institute.



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