Hiroshima/Nagasaki Commemorative Service

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A scene from last year's service at Koyasan Buddhist Temple. (Photo by J.K. Yamamoto/Rafu Shimpo)

The 67th commemoration service for the victims of the August 1945 Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings will be observed on Sunday, Aug. 5, at 2 p.m. at Koyasan Buddhist Temple, 342 E. First St. (between San Pedro and Central) in Little Tokyo.

The American Society of Hiroshima/Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Survivors (ASA) and Koyasan Buddhist Temple will co-sponsor the service in front of the Hiroshima Peace Flame housed at the temple altar. It is open to the public.

Bishop Emeritus Taisen Miyata will conduct the service and deliver a message. The guest speaker will be Rev. Mitsuo Chris Ishii, principal of Saniku Tozai Gakuen School, a representative of ADRA (Adventist Development and Relief Agency) Japan NPO, and a Seventh Day Adventist minister.

The flame from Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park was brought to Los Angeles by Mayor Tom Bradley and has been housed at Koyasan Temple’s altar since the summer of 1989. Members of the temple have prayed daily for the victims in front of the ceaseless flame.

For further information, call Kaz Suyeishi at (310) 325-6022, Junji Sarashina at (714) 522-5723, or Koyasan Buddhist Temple at (213) 624-1267.

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