2013 / Little Tokyo to hold “A Call for Peace” as Hiroshima / Nagasaki memorial, August 5

Hiroshima Peace Flame

The Hiroshima Peace Flame at the Koyasan Buddhist Temple at Little Tokyo. (Cultural News Photo)

Interfaith Ceremony “A Call for Peace” will be held at the Plaza of the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles on Monday, August 5 at 3:30 pm.

“A Call for Peace” is a program of the JACCC’s “Remembering Sadako: Folding for Peace” from August 3 through August 6, 2013.

Prior to “A Call for Peace,” a sand mandale will be completed by a Tibetan Buddhist monk, and displayed at the North Gallery of the JACCC from 11 am through 3:30 pm.

A Call for Peace program (3:30 – 4:45 pm)

Meditation for Peace: Tools for Peace

Interfaith Ceremony: Interfaith Religious Representatives

Ringing of Hiroshima Bell: Bishop Noritoshi Ito of Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple

Destruction of Sand Mandala: Lama Lhundrup

Lighting of Butter Lamps for Peace from Hroshima Flame placed at Koyasan Buddhist Temple in Los Angeles

In the 1980s, Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley brought a flame from Hiroshima Memorial Park to Los Angeles, and the flame was kept at hands of Japanese atomic bomb survivors in Los Angeles. In 1989, then called the Peace Flame was officially housed at the Koyasan Buddhist Temple of Los Angeles in Little Tokyo. In 1993, the Hiroshima-Nagasaki Memorial Day service started at the Koyasan Temple in Los Angeles with the American Society of Hiroshima-Nagasaki A-Bomb Survivors (ASA). The yearly service is held before the Peace Flame where the priests of Koyasan Temple pray daily for the victims of Atomic bombing.

Musical Performance: Nobuko Miyamoto


Hibaku Jizo Photo Exhibition” by Ken Shimizu on view at the North Gallery of the JACCC Building from August 2 through August 6, 10 am through 5 pm. Admission free.