Peace Boat to hold concert with A-bombed musical instruments at Hiroshima Port on anniversary of A-bombing

On June 20, Peace Boat, a Tokyo-based NGO, announced that a concert with an A-bombed piano and an A-bombed violin will be held on a Peace Boat passenger ship that will stop at Hiroshima Port in Minami Ward at 6:30 p.m. on August 6, the anniversary of the A-bombing. Mami Hagiwara, a pianist from Asaminami Ward, and another performer will play in the concert and convey the importance of peace through music. This is a free concert.

The concert is part of a Peace Boat voyage featuring concerts with A-bombed musical instruments to be held in Russia and South Korea, among other places. In addition to Ms. Hagiwara, Tatsuki Narita, a violinist, will perform in Hiroshima. The A-bombed piano once belonged to Akiko Kawamoto, who played it often. She was a third-year student at Hiroshima Jogakuin Senmon Gakko (now Hiroshima Jogakuin University) and died on the day after the atomic bombing at the age of 19.

On June 20, Akira Kawasaki, the co-chair of Peace Boat, and Tomie Futakuchi, the head of the general incorporated association HOPE Project in Saeki Ward, which works to restore the A-bombed piano, held a press conference at Hiroshima City Hall. Ms. Futakuchi said, “I want the audience to feel the preciousness of peace from the music made by these instruments.” To attend the concert, reservations are required by July 30. For more information, call Peace Boat at (03) 3363-7561.

(Originally published on June 21, 2019)