On August of 1945, the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan during WWII and killed an estimated 129,000 people. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the explosions and the two cities have since been appealing for a world of peace, free from nuclear weapons. In commemoration of the 70th anniversary and in remembrance of those affected by the bombings, Tempe History Museum will be holding a “Hiroshima Calling” event.
The poster exhibit will run Tuesday, August 4th through Sunday, August 9th from 10 am- 5pm (Tues- Fri) and 1 pm- 5pm (Sunday). It is a free event that will have information and images on the after effects of the A-bomb, before and after images of the cities, effects of radiation on the body and more. The exhibit is aimed towards promoting a world that is free from nuclear weapons and serves as a reminder to guests of what is at stake.
On Friday, August 7th there will be additional happenings including the “Get Connected to Setting intentions for Global Peace” event which will give guests a chance to create origami cranes and beaded bracelets aimed to set one’s intentions for peace. Guest speakers from 7- 7:45 pm will be at the museum to share their real life experiences from the war and emphasize the importance of having a peaceful society. Guest speakers will include Shigeko Sasamori (Hiroshima A-Bomb survivor), Frank Yakov Mashiaro (Holocaust survivor) and Susan Southard (author of ‘Nagasaki’). A special evening show will feature ancient Japanese drumming songs from Hiroshima that will run Friday night from 8-9 pm.
The “Hiroshima Calling” exhibit is free to all guests and donations for the performances on August 7th are welcomed. The event will be held at the Tempe History Museum (809 E. Southern Ave.), for more information call the museum at (480)-350-4311 or check out the website www.hiroshimacalling.org and www.kenkoshio.com.