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Berkeley’s Beautiful Peace Lantern Ceremony

A serene sunset ceremony commemorating the atomic bombing of Japan in 1945
By - posted 8/6/2016 No Comment

Decorate free candlelight peace lanterns to commemorate the 71st anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima (Aug. 6, 1945) and Nagasaki (Aug. 9, 1945) at this Japanese-style peace event.

Free materials will be provided to create lanterns, which will then be sent out into the water at sunset during a formal ceremony. There will also be a reading of a message sent by the mayor of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, along with a musical performance, and an informational display about nuclear arms.

Japanese Peace Lantern Ceremony
Saturday, August 6, 2016 | 6:30 pm
Aquatic Park, Berkeley
FREE, but donations are gladly accepted. Registration is optional, but it gives them an idea how many people to expect.

2016 Program

  • 1-6:30 pm: Set up > Volunteers needed
  • 6:30–8 pm — Decorating shades for floating peace lanterns & other participatory art activities
  • 7–8 pm — Ceremony:
    • Hibakusha, survivors of the Japanese atomic bombings
    • Music by Heiwa (Peace) Taiko
    • Messages from the majors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
    • View information display about nuclear arms
  • 8-9 pm: Floating of the Lanterns
  • 9–10:30 pm: Breakdown > Volunteers needed