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For those living in or near New York City, there will be a Hiroshima and Nagasaki Annual Memorial Interfaith Gathering this Sunday to commemorate the tragic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It is being held in collaboration with Voices from Japan: Despair and Hope from Disaster (more info below).
WHERE: Cathedral of St. John the Divine
1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street, New York City
WHEN: Sunday, August 5th, 2012.
All are welcome; a contribution of $10.00 is suggested.
SCHEDULE: 4:00 Cathedral Evensong Service
5:00 Visit the Exhibitions
Photography from Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 1945 (supported by the Nagasaki Prefecture Government).
5:30 Memorial Interfaith Ceremony, led by Reverend Dr. T. Kenjitsu Nakagaki, Vice President of the Interfaith Center of New York, with local Japanese Buddhist, Shinto and Christian religious leaders.
7:15 Ringing of the bells for peace, at the exact moment of the Hiroshima bombing (Japan time 8:15 am on August 6).
Messages from the mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki will be read. Hiroshima survivor Tomiko Morimoto West will share her story.
The event will feature Japanese musicians including peace activist and Hiroshima native, Shinji Harada, one of Japan's top recording artists; Kaoru Watanabe, a Taiko and flute player; and the New York Men's Glee Club, a Japanese American choral group.
Voices from Japan: Despair and Hope from Disaster shares the extraordinary experience of the Japanese people following the earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011. The dangers of the nuclear age, whether in time of war or in peace, can never be forgotten by the country that made the first atomic bomb or the country that showed the world the results of its terrible power.
Image: Hiroshima peace park.