Hiroshima and Nagasaki Day

“Hiroshima and Nagasaki Interfaith Peace Gathering” arranged two webinars to commemorate the “Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atom Bombing” by celebrating Hiroshima and Nagasaki Day. It is the 28th year of the “Interfaith Peace Gathering” that has hosted these two events. Each year, the festivities have been characterized by the beautiful energy generated by the generous attendees. In addition, the groups attempt to share a tremendous vision of the world’s immense spirit, especially in a pandemic where the internet connects everyone.
Hiroshima and Nagasaki Day are the two heartbreaking days for Japan. During the second world war (in 1945), Japan was utterly destroyed due to a nuclear assault on the US. Two atomic bombs were exploded over the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9, respectively. The two bombings killed between 129,000 and 226,000 people, the majority of whom were civilians, who were murdered in the two attacks, and the bombings were the only known use of nuclear weapons in warfare.
In this tragedy, the country lost its valiant heroes and many precious lives. Therefore, Hiroshima and Nagasaki Day is commemorated with tremendous significance to honor their gallant soldiers every year to pay tribute to the disaster victims. In addition, the days were celebrated in a variety of ways in 2021.
Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, an Interfaith Peace meeting in 2021 had an online event to commemorate the two terrible days. The prestigious webinars were held at Stream Yard (An online platform). The webinars were broadcast live on Facebook and YouTube.
Hiroshima Day is held on Thursday, August 5th, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm (EST). And Nagasaki Day was on August 8th from 8:00 pm to 10:30 pm (EST). Yoshiko Nakamura and T. Kenjitsu Nakagaki hosted the two events, and the program featured guest speakers Rev. Kenjo Omori and Haneen Khalid. They’ll give a powerful statement remembering Hiroshima Day and Nagasaki Day and highlight how catastrophic the day was for Japan.
The meeting’s objective was to commemorate Hiroshima and Nagasaki’s tragedies by honoring Hiroshima and Nagasaki Day to respect their gallant soldiers. Participants were approved in the Stream Yard in these two webinars and prepared for the meeting at 6:00 pm on Hiroshima Day and 8:00 pm on Nagasaki Day. The live program began at 6:00 pm/8:00 pm, and Yoshika Nakamura was welcomed by MC (TK Nakagaki ) at 6:30 pm/8:30 pm. Then at 6:33 pm/8:33 pm, TK Nakagaki was starting to introduce the events. Video delivered by Genbakuten & Art for Peace and Origami-Toshiko Kobayashi at 6:36 pm/8:36 pm. Then Interfaith Peace Prayer was offered by various religious traditions.
After that, peace Prayers will be held at 6:45 pm / 8:45 pm by Bante Kondanna (Buddhist Council of NY), Dr. Kazuko Tasumura (Gaia Holistic Foundation), Guru Dileepkumar Thamkappan (World Yoga Community), Rosemarie Pace (Pax Christi New York State), Rabbi Joseph Potasnik (New York Board of Rabbi), Imam Muhammad Shahidullah and (Interfaith Center of USA), Minister Onleilove Alston (Interfaith Center of New York). At 7:07 pm /9:00 pm, Brooklyn Interdenominational Choir delivered music.
TK Nakagaki explained the bell ringing at 7:12 pm /9:12 pm. at 7:15 pm/9:15 pm, the peace bell was ringing at (Hiroshima 8:15 am on 8/6), and the Guest speaker (Rev. Kenjo Omori) delivered a valuable speech at 7:16 pm /9:16 pm. Then at 7:21 pm/9:21 pm, lectures given by Hibakusha were witnessed by Tomiko Morimoto West, and at 7:38 pm/9:38 pm, music/ art/ culture by Toshiko Akiyoshi and Lew Tabackin.
At 7:53 pm /9:53 pm, the Ambassador addressed the Keynote. Award K Chowdhury, and at 8:03 pm /10:03 pm, the guest speaker ( Haneen Khalid ) delivered a valuable speech. Finally, at 8:10 pm/10:10 pm, greetings were provided by James Lynch Koji Sato and Rino Aise (Buddhist Council of New York Japanese American Association of NY Tiara Group).
Music performance delivered by Shinji Harada at 8:18 pm /10:18 pm. Then TK Nakagaki closed the Prayer and completed the word, and the meeting ended at 8:30 pm /10:30 pm.
Finally, the two events were released with great gratitude and honor by commemorating Hiroshima and Nagasaki warriors. We are grateful to all the participants who attended the meeting and spent their valuable time with us. For Japan, as well as the rest of the world, the two days were genuinely historic. With utmost reverence, everyone would remember The bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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