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Thursday, August 7, 2014

From Hiroshima to Hope ceremony

Volunteer Akiva Notkin, in green, helps carry lanterns into the waters of Green Lake as a crowd watches from the dock and grass for From Hiroshima to Hope's annual lantern ceremony on the 69th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at Green Lake on Aug. 6, 2014. Seattle Kokon Taiko and former Washington State Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken were among the featured speakers and performers. The toro nagashi, or lantern floating ceremony, was held at dusk and led by Choeizan Enkyoji Buddhist Temple and Nipponzan Myohoji Dojo. Guiding the toro, lanterns, into water traditionally symbolizes guiding of the souls of the departed to peace. "Little Boy" was dropped on the morning of August 6, 1945 on Hiroshima. "Fat Man" followed, dropped on Nagasaki three days later.

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