Jazz band Hiroshima plays tribute to Boston bombing victims
We spent a wonderful evening this week at the legendary Scullers Jazz Club, in Boston, enjoying the music of June and Dan Kuramoto and their band, Hiroshima. Scullers is located right in last week’s lock-down zone. Dan and June played some special music to express their “Boston Strong” solidarity with the audience.
Now every year on Obon Day, which is a holiday in Japan to remember the departed spirits of one’s ancestors, thousands of people leave paper cranes near the statue. On the statue is a plaque: “This is our cry. This is our prayer. Peace on Earth.”
The book has been translated to many languages and published in many places, to be used for peace education programs in primary schools. Sadako’s story was also dramatized at the opening ceremony of the Goodwill Games 1990 in Seattle wherein Seattle schoolchildren, working from the 644 cranes sent by Japanese schoolchildren, completed the unfinished 356 cranes for Sadako, and sent them aloft into the skies in honor of Sadako and world peace.