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August 6, 2014 at 9:03 PM

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From Hiroshima to Hope ceremony


LINDSEY WASSON / THE SEATTLE TIMES

People form a line on a dock Wednesday evening at Green Lake for From Hiroshima to Hope, an annual lantern-floating ceremony honoring the victims of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 2014. Seattle Kokon Taiko and former Washington State Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken were among the featured performers and speakers. The ceremony was held at dusk and led by Choeizan Enkyoji Buddhist Temple and Nipponzan Myohoji Dojo. Guiding the lanterns into water traditionally symbolizes guiding of the souls of the departed toward peace.

LINDSEY WASSON / THE SEATTLE TIMES

People gather at Green Lake on Wednesday for From Hiroshima to Hope, the annual lantern-floating ceremony honoring victims of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, and all victims of war.

LINDSEY WASSON / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Hands sweep back and forth as people write out various kanji on the paper of their lanterns for From Hiroshima to Hope, an annual ceremony on the anniversary of the atomic bombings.

LINDSEY WASSON / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Members of Seattle Kokon Taiko perform "Alamogordo" to the crowd as people at From Hiroshima to Hope.

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