This year on August 6th, as we have every year since 1984, ….

we will gather at Green Lake in Seattle for our annual lantern floating ceremony honoring victims of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and all victims of war.

From Hiroshima to Hope has been created by local peace, faith and community organizations every year since 1984, The Seattle event is the oldest and largest anywhere outside Japan. More than a thousand attendees participated again last year. The 2016 From Hiroshima to Hope Planning Committee welcomes all those who wish to come and experience the feeling of community, the music and the sight of a thousand lanterns drifting on the lake. It offers the hope that we can resolve international conflicts without violence, and learn the habit and technique of living in peace with all our neighbors on this earth.

F41_Peace_Lanterns_2To commemorate From Hiroshima to Hope, the artist Yoshiko Yamamoto created a limited-edition block print of the lantern-floating ceremony. The artist is offering an original of this block print, “Peace Lantern,” to the first 50 people who donate $100 or more to this all-volunteer effort. You may donate using the donation button below.

YY watercolorTo create the “Peace Lantern,” the artist took a watercolor sketch she made of the floating lanterns at the 2013 ceremony and hand-carved an outline key block on linoleum. She then made 14 more blocks using polymer plates, one for each individual color of ink she was going to print. Then, hand mixing each coloPeace_Lantern_process_shot_smallr, she printed the blocks, one at a time, using a Vandercook press. In the end, it took 15 separate blocks to create the subtle nuances of water, night sky, and the glowing lanterns of the print. To see the print or other works by the artist, go to www.artsandcraftspress.com.

 

 
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