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Bay Area Japanese Peace Lantern Ceremony (Berkeley)

  • Aquatic Park Path Berkeley, CA, 94710 United States (map)

August 6th and 9th are the 72nd anniversaries of the world’s first atomic bombings. In Japan and around the world, people will gather in early August to float lanterns in remembrance of the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, all victims of war, and all who have gone before us. This moving and beautiful tradition provides a chance to reaffirm our commitment to building a better future.

6:30–8:00 pm — activities:

  • Decorating shades for floating peace lanterns & other participatory art activities
  • Information display about nuclear arms

7:00–8:00 pm — Ceremony:

  • Hibakusha, survivors of the Japanese atomic bombings
    (2016 speakers: Jack Dairiki, May Yamaoka)
  • Drumming by Heiwa (Peace) Taiko
  • essagesfrom the majors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (←click for 2016 messages)

8:00–9:00 pm:

  • Floating of lanterns