Lantern of the East Los Angeles (LELA) International has hosted a commemorative exhibition at the Nagasaki Peace Museum for 43 years. This year, the 44th annual exhibition “A Bridge for Peace” will be held in Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles at the Makery Gallery, 260 S Los Angeles St, Los Angeles, CA 90012, from Aug. 6 to Aug. 27, 2023.
On August 9th, 1945, the long-established Los Angeles artist Hideo Sakata, who passed away on July 30, 2023 at the age of 87, was a child playing in a family garden when the nuclear bomb ending WWII fell into his Nagasaki neighborhood.
The horror remains undeniable. And, regrettable, even among those who made the decision at the time to develop and use the weapon.
With brush and pen, stone chisel, and wood-saw, now film and video, serving as forms of expression, an aggregation of peace-driven artists from all walks of life, ages, ethnicities, genders, have returned to ground zero on the ninth day of August to reassert LELA’s solidarity with Sakata and the people of Nagasaki.
Sakata, soon-to-be eighty-eight years of age, is painting in his Southern California garden at least four hours daily for the “8.9 Peace Show” of LELA International at The Makery Gallery in the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District.
Lantern of the East Los Angeles (LELA) International
A Bridge for Peace
August 6 to August 27, 2023
Opening Ceremony: Sunday, August 6, 3:00-600pm
A live calligraphy performance with Kuniharu Yoashida
Saturday, August 19, 3:00-5:00pm
Tea Ceremony by Urasenke Tankokai Assocication
Tickets for $10 per person
Closing Ceremony: Sunday, August 27, 3:00-6:00pm
Koto music by Yoko Awaya and her students Neely Wauke and Toshiko Okawa
A live performance with Takeshi Kanemura
The Makery, 260 South Los Angeles, CA 90012