From Hiroshima to Hope at Green Lake
Tonight the dark water of Green Lake will glisten. Watch as the lake illuminates with hundreds of floating lanterns for From Hiroshima to Hope. This lantern floating ceremony, celebrating its 30th year in Seattle, honors the victims of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
From Hiroshima to Hope was created by local community and faith organizations in 1984 and has been an annual Seattle tradition on August 6th ever since. This is the largest floating lantern ceremony commemorating atomic bombing victims outside of Japan. Thousands of attendees have gathered in past years and are expected to this year, producing thousands of lit lanterns to float the water’s surface. The From Hiroshima to Hope planning committee aims to connect the community through these floating beacons of hope, with the hope that we can resolve international conflict peacefully and practice living peacefully with each other.
Along with the lantern lighting, there will be live music by several local groups and viewings of Atomic Footprints, a poster display based on a Particles on the Wall, a multidisciplinary exhibit that examines the impacts of the nuclear age. Kathleen Flenniken, a Washington State Poet Laureate, is the keynote speaker. From Hiroshima to Hope will be part of the One Thousand Questions exhibit featuring two Japanese artists who will discuss issues surrounding nuclear war.
The event will start with a gathering at 6:00 p.m. followed by a family program at 7:00 p.m. The floating ceremony will commence at 8:30 p.m. on the Northwest shore of Green Lake near Seattle Public Theatre at the Bathhouse, 7312 West Green Lake Drive North.
Featured photo via From Hiroshima to Hope’s website.
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