5/5 Interfaith Ceremony for Hiroshima Bombing

Aug. 5JACCC, 244 S. San Pedro St., Little Tokyo, hosts an Interfaith Ceremony for Peace to honor the memory of Sadako Sasaki, immortalized in the children’s book “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m.

Members of Sadako’s family will be on hand for the moving event, which will include the destruction of a colorful sand mandala created by community members—a powerful symbol for remembering the bombing and all victims of war. Participants also will light lamps with a flame originally from Hiroshima, which is now maintained at LA’s Koyasan Buddhist Temple.  Additionally, a bell sent from Hiroshima for the ceremony will ring at exactly 4:15 p.m., the time the bomb was dropped.

The Aug. 5th Interfaith Ceremony is one of several events taking place Aug. 3-6 as part of the JACCC’s arts and culture event entitled “Remembering Sadako: Folding for Peace.” The culminating event is an Aug. 6 benefit performance by long-time peace activist and renowned singer/songwriter, Jackson Browne, in the JACCC’s Aratani Theatre.  (Tickets still available.) For info and complete event listing, visit http://www.jaccc.org/sadako.php.