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Iceland Remembers Hiroshima and Nagasaki

An education and photography exhibition on the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the resulting short and long-term effects opens at the Reykjavík City Library on Tryggvagata at 7:30 pm today. The exhibition is on loan from The Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb.

nagasaki_reykjavik_city_library_websiteThe Nagasaki bombing. From the website of the Reykjavík City Library.

The museum will have extended opening hours this evening, until 10 pm. Visitors can then join a walk to Tjörnin, the Reykjavík Pond, where candles will be floated in memory of the victims of the bombings.

Today marks 67 years since the Nagasaki bombing. Hiroshima was bombed three days earlier, on August 6, 1945. Around 214,000 people are thought to have died immediately after or within the first few months after the attacks.

Inosuke Hayasaki, who was 14 at the time of the bombing and survived despite being just kilometers away from where the bomb fell, gave a lecture at the University of Iceland yesterday and will attend the event this evening.

Several other events will be held in connection with the exhibition.

On October 4, an open meeting on prospects for nuclear non-proliferation will be held. President of Australian National University, former Foreign Minister of Australia, and advocate of nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, Gareth Evans, will speak at the event.

Origami Iceland will also hold an exhibition and demonstration at the City Library on Reykjavík Culture Night, August 18.

On September 8, Ikebana (Japanese art of flower arrangement) master Yuki Ikenobo will introduce the age-old Japanese art.

The Nagasaki and Hiroshima exhibition will be housed at the Reykjavík City Library through September 13, the University of Iceland from September 14 to October 9, and in Hof Cultural and Conference Center in Akureyri from October 13 to 29.

For more information (in Icelandic) visit the website of the Reykjavík City Library.


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