Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Arcata Peace Lantern Ceremony

“When the student is ready,
the teacher will appear.” 
— Buddhist proverb 

Humboldters mark the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki with a floating lantern ceremony of peace and remembrance, and have done so for 30 years, yet this was our first time attending. The occasion was marked with song and poetry, and a special recognition of Kyoko Clark — a native of Kyushu, Japan, and long-time Humboldt resident — who was in attendance at the area's first peace lantern ceremony. 

People gathering at the edge of Klopp Lake at the Arcata Marsh …

… were welcomed by flute songs.

Kyoko Clark (left) received special recognition for 30 years
of participation in the lantern ceremony.

As dusk falls, the lanterns are lit  …

… and set adrift, one by one.

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