The Message from Hiroshima

Part of the A-Bomb Exhibition – a mushroom cloud superimposed over photos of people who lived beneath the epicenter of the bomb.

On Sunday the 5th of August 2012 The Peace Map opens with a commemoration of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings at the Depot’s Kerr Street Gallery.

From 5pm will have speakers from W.I.L.P.F (Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom) and guest speakers Ms. Shigeko Sasamori and Michi Hirata from Japan bringing ‘The Message from Hiroshima’.

Ms. Sasamori and Mr Hirata are touring New Zealand accompanying a series of posters on the Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic Bomb disaster. This exhibition conveys “the facts of the atomic bombing to people around the world and contribute to the abolition of nuclear weapons and the realisation of lasting peace…”

These commemorations will also be celebrated with works by New Zealand artists such as Nigel Brown, Margaret Lawlor-Bartlett, Janet Dudney, Ruth McDowall and many more. There will also be a paper crane folding ceremony in memory of Sadoko Sasaki and the many victims of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki Bombings.

Ms. Sasamori and Mr Hirata are also speaking at the following public events:

31st July 7:30pm –  Community Cinema, Waiheke Island, Oneroa. Documentary Films from Hiroshima

1st August 9am Mass, 10am Peace Talk-  St Peters Church, Waiheke Island, Oneroa.

2nd August 4pm – Auckland Girls Grammar School, Study Hall. Peace Talk for Students.

5th August 2pm – AJCC, 2 Ngaire Ave, Epsom. Peace talk in Japanese Church (in Japanese)

5th August 5pm Exhibition opening, 6pm Peace Talks – The Depot, Kerr Street, Devonport.

6th August 6pm – HIROSHIMA MEMORIAL DAY – St Columbia Centre, 40 Vermont Street, Ponsonby. Peace Talks.

For information regarding talks at the following locations please contact Kazuko Itoh,

7th August – Wellington

8th August – Christchurch


10th August – Dunedin Otago University, Department of Peace and Conflict Studies.

We hope you can make it to hear the inspirational Ms. Sasamori and Mr Hirata at one of their many events. If you do happen to miss out, you can still get a taste for it with the A-Bomb Poster Exhibition which will be at Kerr Street until the end of August.

See you soon!