The Colorado Coalition for the Prevention of Nuclear War will hold a commemorative event to mark the use by the United States of Nuclear Weapons of Mass Destruction of the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It will be at 2 PM, August 4, Sunday, at the Greek Theater, Civic Center Park in Denver, Northeast of 14th and Bannock. It will feature a Sansei Denver Citizen Marge Tanawaki and a volunteer guide at the Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Museum, Keiko Miyamoto, and include Taiko Drummers and a poster exhibit provided by the Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Museum.
I’ve lived in Hiroshima since I was born. I have been a volunteer guide at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum since 1999. I’ve been a part-time English teacher at Hiroshina municipal Junior High School since 2009. I visited the USA as a Peace Ambassador from the World Friendship Center in 2000 and visited Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Arkansas and California with two A-Bomb survivors from Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We met many Americans at preschools, elementary schools, junior and senior high schools, universities and churches.
Marge Tanawaki is a Sansei, third generation Japanese American, who spent the first four years of her life in the WWII US concentration camp, Manzanar, near Death Valley in California. Among her extended family are a cousin and brother-in-law who were at Hiroshima when the Atomic Bomb was dropped on August 6, 1945. The after-effects have followed their lives ever since.
Among other community projects, Marge works on the restorarion of Amache, the internment camp located near Lamar in southern Colorado. The Friends of Amache will soon have in place a reconstructed guard tower, the refurbished water tank, and a barracks that will serve as a visitors center. Marge’s father was born in the Tohoku region iof Japan where the Fukushima nuclear power plant remains a grave danger after the earthquake and tsunami devasated the coastline.