66th Hiroshima/Nagasaki Memorial Set for Aug. 7

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The lantern that contains the Hiroshima Peace Flame.

The 66th commemorative service (tsuitouki) for the victims of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic boms will be observed on Sunday, Aug. 7, at 2 p.m. at Koyasan Buddhist Temple, 342 E. First St. in Little Tokyo.

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

Bishop Emeritus Taisen Miyata will conduct the ritual and deliver a memorial message. The guest speaker this year will be Yuko Kaifu, a former consul at the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles, who has supported the ASA and medical group delegates from Hiroshima.

Since the summer of 1989, the temple has housed the Hiroshima Peace Flame lantern and the priest has prayed daily for the victims. According to historical records, the original flame at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park was brought to Hiroshima soon after the Aug. 6, 1945 bombing by bomb survivors. It came from the Ceaseless Flame (Hinnyo no Ittou), offered by a poor girl 1,000 years ago, which has been enshrined at Okunoin Temple of Mt. Koya in Wakayama-ken.

The Peace Flame was brought to Los Angeles by Mayor Tom Bradley in August 1983.

The service is open to the public. For further information, call Junji Sarashina at (714) 522-5723, Kaz Suyeishi at (310) 325-6022, or Koyasan Temple at (213) 624-1267.

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