2017 / Little Tokyo: Hiroshima-Nagasaki Service at Koyasan Temple, Aug. 6

2016 Hiroshima Nagasaki Memorial Service: American Hibakusha (left side two person) and a professor and students of University of La Verne at Koyasan Temple in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles. (Cultural News Photo)

The 72nd Commemorative Service of Hiroshima-Magasaki Atomic Bomb Victims
Sunday, August 6, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Koyasan Buddhist Temple, 342 East First Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

The American Society of Hiroshima-Nagasaki A-Bomb Survivors, Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, and Koyasan Buddhist Temple sponsor the annual memorial service for the victims of Hiroshima-Nagasaki Atomic-bombing on Sunday, Aug. 6, from 2 pm to 4 pm at the Koyasan Temple, 342 East First Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

The U.S. dropped the first atomic-bomb in the history over the City of Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, and the second atomic-bomb over the City of Nagasakin on Aug. 9, 1945. In Hiroshima, over 140,000 people died, and in Nagasaki, over 90,000 people died by the end of the year 1945.

Among Atomic-bombing survivors were U.S.-born Japanese who were sent to Japan by their parents in the U.S. and Japanese immigrants to the U.S. after World War II.

The predecessor of the American Society of Hiroshima-Nagasaki A-Bomb Survivors was organized in 1971 in Los Angeles. The Koyasan memorial service is intended to remember those who passed away locally and to show appreciation to supporters of the Atomic-bombing survivors.

In this year, the guest speaker will be Dr. Takashi Matsumoto, one of the professional supporters for the atomic-bombing survivor physical  examinations program executed every other year by medical doctors from Hiroshima.

Koyasan Temple has hosted the symbolic flame which was ignited at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and brought to Los Angeles in 1984. The flame called Hiroshima Peace Flame was accepted by Los Angeles mayor Tom Bradley in 1989.