Japanese Dance Performance
“Afternoon of Peace: Hiroshima and Nagasaki Through Song, Dance, and Spoken Word.”
Saturday, February 22, 2020
Location: Aratani Theatre, Downtown Los Angeles in Little Tokyo, 244 South San Pedro St., LA 90012 (between East 2nd and East 3rd St).
Time: 2 pm
Tickets and information: JACCC.org/AOP. http://www.jaccc.org/afternoon-of-peace
Group rates available.
Description: Long time community leader, artist and award winning photographer, Richard Fukuhara, first visited Hiroshima in 1973 and was profoundly impacted by the stories of the “hibakusha,” or survivors of the atomic bombing, and the Japanese phrase, “Kodomo no tame ni,” or “For the sake of the children.” Richard passed away unexpectedly last year, and this February 22 event, Afternoon of Peace, is dedicated to him, the founder of the original event, Shadows for Peace. Through song, dance, moving image and the spoken word, hibakusha victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki will be remembered and honored. Richard’s vision was to impart the feeling of hope, despite darkness. As part of this program, Japanese classical dance instructor Bando Hidesomi and her student Bando Hideshizumi will perform a dance called “Yume,” or “Dream.” Composer Matsushima Shojyuro envisioned a dream-like state where hope and peace could be attained after a period of great challenge and turmoil.