2017 / Arizona Screening of documentary film about WWII American POWs killed by Hiroshima atomic bombing, March 4

Film Paper Lanterns

Japanese Cultural Club of Arizona and
Ancient Sounds of Peace present
Saturday, March 4, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Tempe History Museum in Arizona


As a part of “Hiroshima Calling” program at the Tempe History Museum in Arizona on Saturday, March 4, “Paper Lanterns” a documentary about American POW who were killed by the U.S. atomic bomb on Aug. 6, 1945.


On August 6, 1945, the atomic bomb exploded over Hiroshima.

Little known is the fact that among the estimated 140,000 casualties of that day were 12 American prisoners of war held at the Hiroshima Military Police Headquarters since July 28, when they had been shot down during a bombing raid.

For decades, many of the families of these 12 Americans were never informed as to the fates of their loved ones.

Thanks to the tireless efforts of Mr. Shigeaki Mori, himself a hibakusha (A-bomb survivor), the names of these 12 are now included in the Hiroshima Peace Museum, and the relatives have learned the truth.

“Paper Lanterns” documents the story of Mr. Mori and his dream of reaching out to the relatives of these lost airmen.




“Paper Lanterns” was directed by Barry Frechette, and the film features Shigeaki Mori who met President Obama in Hiroshima on May 27, 2016.

“Hiroshima Calling” is presented by Japanese Cultural Club of Arizona and Ancient Sounds of Peace.

The Tempe History Museum is located at 809 East Southern Ave, Tempe, AZ 85282.

Screening of “Paper Lanterns” will start at 6:00 pm, and a video conference with filmmaker Barry Frechette will start at 7:30 pm.

“Hiroshima Calling” program will start at 4:45 pm. From 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm, taiko and music tribute will be performed by Phoenix-based taiko player Ken Koshio and the Hiroshima Historical Taiko Preservation Society International.