The 73rd anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were commemorated last month with two peace ceremonies on their respective anniversary dates.

The bombing of Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, was remembered in a ceremony at Izumo Taishakyo Mission of Hawaii. Izumo Taisha Bishop Daiya Amano opened the program with a purification and blessing ceremony that the Rev. Jun Miyasaka of Izumo Taisha explained to those in attendance. Rev. Takamasa Yamamura of the Honolulu Myohoji Mission shared a Buddhist message. Yamamura, who is also a trained opera singer, sang “Ave Maria.” He also sang “Ka Makani Ka‘ili Aloha” to a hula performed by Mahealani Kalikolauolenaokalani.

Mayor Kirk Caldwell offered greetings from the City and County of Honolulu. Hiroshima-Hawai‘i Sister State Committee chair Wayne Miyao delivered a talk titled “Friendship, Goodwill, and Cultural and Economic Ties: Hiroshima and Hawai‘i’s Sister-Park Relationship.”

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