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Event Album: At Interface Peace Gathering - MHJCA KAMISHIBAI: 08/05/2013
Event Note

 No. 23

Presentation of our original Kamishibai "When I was thirteen  Tomiko Morimoto West's story" at Interfaith Peace Gathering - Hiroshima and Nagasaki Memorial Ceremony

Monday, August 5 at the Interchurch Center, 467 Riverside Drive @ w. 120th St., NY

Annual Interfaith Peace Gathering commemorating Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic Bombings was held at the Interchurch Center in upper west of Manhattan on August 5th( 6th in Japan time which is the day of the bomb dropped in Hiroshima.)

Prior to the memorial ceremony, a family program was offered at 3pm where our original Kamishibai (paper theater storytelling) "When I was thirteen" illustrated by Chikako Mori was presented by three narrators (one English speaker and two Japanese). This story describes Tomiko's horrific experiences during the WWII. The audience seemed to be stunned by drawings and amazed by the story as they popped many questions at "the conversation with Hibakusha (survivor)" followed after.

Tomiko's longtime friend, Pete Seeger, a peace activist and song writer, was also one of the guests. He read his own lyrics and performed his banjo, too.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, Tomiko was asked to sound the Peace bell at 7:15 pm which is the exact time of bomb drop in Hiroshima 68 years ago, Japan time, to send a peace message to all people in the world.
 紙芝居『その時私は13才/富子 森本 ウエ ストの広島原爆体験』の上演   8月5日(月 3:00午後) インター チャーチ・センター(マンハッタン)   恒例の“広島・長崎原爆インターフェイス追悼 式"がアッパー・ウエストのインターチャーチ・セ ンターで、広島原爆投下当日(日本時間)に催され ました。   3時からのファミリー・プログラムでは、富子 ウエストさんを主賓に彼女の広島被爆体験の紙芝 居”その時私は13才”(MHJCA制作)が3人(1英 語、2日本語)の朗読者達によって上演され、参加された人々は静かに 聞き入っていました。最後の富子さんへのQ&Aは活発で、とて も印象深い時間だった様です。参加された富子さんの友人ピー ト・シーガーさんはこの日の為に自作のリリックを 詠い上げ、その後行われた超宗教による平和祈念式 典ではバンジョー演奏もされました。7:15午後(日本時間の広島原 爆投下時刻)には”平和の鐘”が富子さんによって 人々の心へ届けと打ち鳴らされました。 
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