2014 / Cultural center to present Hiroshima Day event “Remembering Sadako,” Aug. 1-3 in Los Angeles

The Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in Los Angeles presents its 2nd Annual “Remembering Sadako, Folding for Peace” from August 1-3 at the JACCC’ campus in Little Tokyo.

“Remembering Sadako: Folding for Peace” is a multi-generational, multi-ethnic event that will promote peace through children, arts, and culture.

The event pays tribute to Sadako, who was two years old when the atomic bomb was dropped on August 6, 1945, near her home in Hiroshima, Japan.

Sadako and her story of a thousand origami paper cranes have become international symbols for peace for children around the world.

During the weekend of August 1-3, the following events are scheduled:

A special tea ceremony dedicated to peace will take place at the JACCC’s Tea Room on Friday, August 1 at 1:30 p.m.

On Saturday, August 2, Sadako’s older brother, Masahiro Sasaki, will speak about his sister’s life from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the JACCC’s Garden Room.

Later August 2 evening at 7 p.m., the “Concert for Peace” at the Aratani Japan America Theatre will feature Grammy Award winner Melissa Manchester, musicians David Lindley Justin Klunk, and a special bilingual performance of “Inori ~ Sadako’s Prayer” by Sadako’s nephew, Yuji Sasaki, along with Keiko Kawashima, Scott Nagatani and a youth choir called the “Wings of Peace.”

On Sunday, August 3, storytelling by the Grateful Crane Ensemble will happen at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the JACCC’s Doizaki Gallery, along with origami crane folding workshops from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Also on Sunday, August 3, an interfaith “Ceremony for Peace” will remember victims of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings at the Koyasan Buddhist Temple located at 342 East First Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012, in Little Tokyo beginning at 2 p.m.

All programs, except the “Concert for Peace,” are free and open to the public.  The Japanese American Cultural and Community Center is located at 244 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012, in downtown Los Angeles.

For more information or to make a reservation, visit www.jaccc.org/concertforpeace.php.

(Source: the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center and The Grateful Crane Ensemble)