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Hiroshima Calling 2015: Tempe History Museum, August 7th, Friday

August 9th, Sunday marked the 70th anniversary of a second atom bomb dropped on Japan by the United States, at Nagasaki, resulting finally in Japan’s unconditional surrender.

On Friday evening at the Tempe History Museum in the lobby, there was a traveling exhibition focusing on Hiroshima.

Survivors’ stories conveyed by Shigeko Sasamori, Frank Yakov Mashuraro (Holocaust Survivor), and Susan Southard – author of the book Nagasaki on stage, followed the opening hours of community art making activities with intentions set upon acts of peace building...

This was an Evening of Awareness, Remembrance, and Healing for gathering persons of all ages and cultural backgrounds together.

Ken Koshio, event coordinator and performer, began the late evening component of this honoring ceremony with the introduction of the speakers and then the serene flute music by Yu—jin Sakushin. This melody resonated through the minds of over 300 participants as a prayer to the evening’s focus of Honoring all who passed due to this devastating event in history...

The personal stories followed leaving each listener to be mindful to never allow this kind of weapon to be used upon humanity again. The flute, played by Eileen Morgan, introduced the Taiko Drumming program...

The music was directed by Ken Koshio filling the air with sound that reached into the depths of our souls. We listened to the tribute of Taiko drumming of Hiroshima Hono Daiko, created by Ken’s sensei.

Jim Covarrubias painted live to the side.

The evening’s gathering of community members from all walks of life was a healing event and a tribute to the educational awareness of all persons' needs to embrace the concept of Cultural Legacy/RESPECT and commitment to each individual on this planet as BEING ONE!!!!

In the beginning of the museum experience, guests observed an amazing installation of 1,000 origami cranes of various sizes on paper made by Airi Katsuta, a young Japanese artist. Eriko Saxon Fujiyoshi was present to assist Ken Koshio in all of the management needs contributing to a powerful evening of Honoring and Respect.

The interactive activities welcomed adults and children throughout the evening.

I am grateful for the assistance of Thuong, Vera, and Holly (participants of the Cultural Arts Coalition) who instructed the guests in the setting of intentions for peace as they made beaded bracelets and origami cranes connecting with their compassionate intentions.

The theme of making the origami cranes for peace came from the highlighted, true story of Sadako...

Other poster displays were exhibited at the entrance of the museum to reveal the stories of the bombing of Hiroshima.

Just before the Voices and Music of Prayer began the evening program on stage, there was an Aikido demonstration by Arizona Aikido members...

It was a complete program set in a loving and inviting space to provide everyone a means of being mindful of their choices in the future to resolve conflicts...

Photo narrative by judy butzine, MSW

Director of the Cultural Arts Coalition