Friday, September 13, 2013

International Peace Day mini-exhibit

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Project Hibakusha : Hope for Peace has officially been changed to Hibakushas’ Legacy : Hope for Peace to better reflect the purpose of the project, which is to continue to share the hibakushas’ (atomic bomb survivors) experiences with the world and to carry on their hope for peace and a world free of nuclear weapons.

With that said, on September 21st, 2013, in honor of International Peace Day, we will begin to share the hibakushas’ stories at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC) in Little Tokyo. For nine days only, a mini-exhibit will be on display in the Doizaki Gallery to give the public it’s first peek into the ongoing photo and video project documenting the real life experiences of hibakusha. Visitors will get a glimpse into what happened on those fateful days in Hiroshima and Nagasaki from the people who survived the bombings.

At 2:00pm, an open forum will be held and a few hibakusha will be on hand to talk about their experiences. Audience members will be encouraged to ask questions so that they can learn more about what life was like for the hibakusha and their families.

The forum will be followed by an artist’s reception and short program. Darrell Miho, the photographer, will be on hand to discuss the project and the importance of preserving the hibakushas' stories. We must never forget the suffering that the hibakushas have endured for the past 68 years nor the tragedies that befell so many innocent lives.

It is now our responsibility to share their stories. We need to educate the world on how nuclear weapons affect people’s lives to ensure that no one else suffers the heartaches and loss that the hibakusha have. And most importantly, to carry on their hope for peace and a world free of nuclear weapons. 

Hibakushas’ Legacy : Hope for Peace
September 21 (International Peace Day) - September 29, 2013
Japanese American Cultural and Community Center
244 South San Pedro Street Los Angeles, CA 90012
(map and directions)
Admission is FREE!

Saturday, September 21 : 11:00am - 6:30pm
     2:00pm - Open forum : hibakusha will share their personal
     5:00pm - Reception and short program

 Everyday, September 22 - 29 : 11:00am - 4:00pm