On the day of Opening Ceremony of the "A-bombs Exhibit for Peace", Ms. Shigeko Sasamori along with her son, Mr. Norman Cousins Sasamori, were invited from Los Angeles. Ms. Sasamori spoke on "Love & Peace" where she described her own experience on the day of atomic bombing in Hiroshima on August 6, 1945.
Nearly 200 people in the audience were moved by her stories, and she received a standing ovation at the end of her keynote speech.
Her brief profile is written below:
Ms. Shigeko Sasamori was 13 years old when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, on August 6, 1945. She was knocked unconsciously by the blast and heavily burnt; yet, she survived. In 1955, she was invited as one of the 25 “Hiroshima Maidens” to receive reconstructive surgeries in the U. S. Later, she was adopted by Dr. Norman Cousins, studied nursing, and became a nurse as she was impressed with and grateful for her nurses’ care while going through multiple operations. Right now she lives in Los Angeles, having a busy traveling schedule in the world to speak about her experience; she currently serves as the CEO of Hiroshima & Nagasaki Peace Projects, LLC, whose mission is to stimulate an active, worldwide dialogue in order to protect humanity from nuclear harm.
At the venue, 30 posters from the Hiroshima and Nagasaki Peace Memorials were put up on the center aisle way. There was a huge screen of nuclear testing detonation video continuously running at the center of the inner temple. Furthermore, A-bombs survivors testimonial DVD was screening on the right whereas nuclear testing survivors DVD was on the left.
After viewing the war-related materials, visitors were invited to both Peace & Healing Rooms before leaving the venue. Peace posters, books, peace drawing and poetry, paper cranes folding stations & cranes earrings are all presented while peace DVDs are running at the Peace Room. Meditation and Healing teachers awaited visitors for their inner cleansing at the Healing Room. Thank you, volunteer practitioners, for your service.
Over 700 school students visited this event and completed 2 hours program. Mahalo, teachers of 8 schools that participated in this project.
We, HCRP, are grateful to you for your passion in peace education for the youth.
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HCRP has been holding annual "Peace Prayer" gathering for more than 2 decades. The service for this event functioned as the "Closing Ceremony" of the exhibition. 16 representatives of various faith traditions offered prayer for peace. Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng also added her own prayer as a guest.
Mr. Danny Carvalho presented his peaceful music with his message for peace; that was sensitive yet powerful.
Our keynote speaker, Dr. Charlotte Frambaugh-Kritzer of UH, delivered her speech on "Peace Education for the Youth", sharing her personal story in her class room.
Nearly 100 attendees gathered at the beautiful sacred space of Palolo Hongwanji's inner temple. The 9-day event concluded with hula dedication by the exhibit coordinator, Mrs. Masago Asai & her hula sisters on "Heal the World."
Thank you, participants, for your commitment in offering each style of prayer for peace.
Please click below for the YouTube video of Closing "Peace Prayer" Ceremony by 'Olelo Community Media. Mahalo.
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