2018 Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony in Montreal

On August 5, 2018, the 20th anniversary of the Hiroshima-Montreal Sister City relationship, Ambassador and Mrs. Ishikane attended the annual Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony in Montreal. This event is organized by the City of Montreal and takes place in the Japanese Garden at the Montreal Botanical Garden every year.

The ceremony was attended by many members from the city council, including Mr. Benoit Dorais, the Chair of the Montreal Executive Committee, as well as Japanese community members and a group of high school students from Hiroshima. In the solemn atmosphere of praying for nuclear abolition and world peace, at 7:15 p.m., corresponding with the time when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima (8:15 a.m., Japan time), the peace bell was rung. This was followed by remarks by Mr. Dorais and Miss Mao Mizoguchi, representative of students from Hiroshima, read a message of peace. Lastly, the “Peace Declaration” was introduced in English, French and Japanese, and the ceremony was concluded by Ambassador Ishikane’s remarks. 
 
Ringing the peace bell A message of peace being read by high school students from Hiroshima
Remarks by Mr. Benoit Dorais, Chair of the Montreal Executive Committee Ambassador Ishikane delivering remarks, and audience

On the following day (August 6th) another peace memorial ceremony was held in Gatineau, Quebec and members of Montreal Executive Committee attended. Ambassador Ishikane also made remarks.