Sachiko Knappman and Phyllis Tajii in front of the Mayors for Peace Exhibit from Hiroshima

2017 Nuclear Remembrance Day


On the 72nd Anniversary of the Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Sunday, August 6, 2017
11:30 am -3:30 pm
Putnam Plaza, Downtown Petaluma
Free and open to the public


Mayors for Peace Exhibit

Tea Ceremony and Incense Offering 
Sachiko Knapman

Essay Contest Winner Announcement and Award Ceremony
Sachiko Knapman

Japanese Calligraphy
Sanae Chambers

Giant Origami Folding Performance and Origami Workshop
Henry Kaku

Shakuhachi Flute & TenTen Taiko Performances
Elliot Callen

Henry Kaku, Origami Master

Henry Kaku will be folding a giant peace crane with 8 ft square paper. He will also be setting up a free origami workshop table where everyone is invited to stop by and fold their own peace crane.  

Henry Kaku has been practicing Origami for over 60 years, since living in Japan when he was a young boy.
He gives Origami demonstrations since the 1970’s at many cultural events such as the Cherry Blossom Festival in San Francisco, International Origami Conferences, and has traveled overseas to teach Origami. He has had numerous Origami workshops here in Sonoma County since 1985.

Elliot Callen, Shakuhachi flute master
Elliot Kallen plays the shakuhachi, a traditional, end-blown bamboo flute from Japan. He is part of a lineage that has its roots in the music of the Komusō, the itinerant Zen monks who used the shakuhachi as a tool for meditation over 400 years ago. He frequently performs with shamisen and koto players showcasing traditional Japanese ensemble music and explores the use of the shakuhachi in a wide variety of non-traditional contexts. Elliot performs, teaches, and lectures about Japanese music regularly throughout the Bay Area and beyond.TenTen Taiko Lead by Hiroko Honton, Sonoma County’s TenTen Taiko has been performing together since 2006. TenTen, with one exception (the flute player), is an all-woman taiko group based in Petaluma. For today’s event they will perform a Kagura (Shinto ritual dance) that is rarely seen outside of Japan. In this piece, Ebisu (the god of fisherman), and his father, Daikoku (the god of prosperity), decide to go fishing. They perform a dance together, then offer treats and candy to the audience to curry good favor among the other gods that their fishing will be successful.