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Atomic Bombings Commemorative Event Wednesday, 8/9, 5:30pm, Konko Church

The in-person event is free and will be streamed live on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2023, 5:30 p.m., at the Konko Church of San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO  To commemorate the 78th anniversary of the atomic bombings of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II, the first nuclear destruction of a civilian population in the world, the Nichi Bei Foundation and Friends of Hibakusha will present “A Remembrance for Peace: Commemorating Hiroshima and Nagasaki” on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2023, 5:30 p.m., at the Konko Church of San Francisco, 1909 Bush Street in San Francisco’s Japantown.

The program, held in collaboration with the Japanese American Religious Federation of San Francisco, will also be accessible virtually on the Nichi Bei Foundation Facebook channel (www.facebook.com/nichibei/) and YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/c/NichiBeiFoundation)

The world’s first atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, and another on Nagasaki three days later resulted in the deaths of an estimated 214,000 people by the end of that year, including 140,000 in Hiroshima and 74,000 in Nagasaki.

The event will present:
• The film Pictures From A Hiroshima Schoolyard” (2012, 58 min.), written and directed by Bryan Reichhardt and produced by Shizumi Shigeto Manale.

• An Interfaith Ceremony led by the Japanese American Religious Federation of San Francisco.

• Lanterns of Remembrance, which will include hibakusha and descendants presenting a lantern in remembrance of victims of the atomic bombings.

• A Message for Peace by Rev. Nobuaki Hanaoka.

• A Litany for Water ceremony led by Rev. Hanaoka and clergy.

The event will also include the participation of both hibakusha and descendants of hibakusha, and will be emceed by Rev. Alan Matsui of the Konko Church of San Francisco, himself a descendant of an atomic bomb survivor.

The event is free and will be streamed live on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2023, 5:30 p.m., at www.facebook.com/nichibei and www.youtube.com/c/NichiBeiFoundation. For those attending in-person at the Konko Church of San Francisco, there will be light refreshments and an opportunity to participate in the Litany for Water Ceremony.

Also, here is a short promotional video: 

More information, including a link to the trailer for the film and more on the film and event, could be found here:

www.nichibei.org/virtual-remembrance

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