The Japanese American National Museum will present an online conversation and Q&A, “Houses for Peace: Exploring the Legacy of Floyd Schmoe,” on Wednesday, Aug. 5, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. (Pacific Time).

Floyd Schmoe (1895-2001) (Courtesy Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum)

In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, join a conversation on what today’s audiences can learn and build on from the story of Floyd Schmoe, a lifelong grassroots activist for peace. The conversation will build on the documentary “Houses for Peace” (2018), which tells the story of Schmoe, who traveled with a diverse group of volunteers to the atomic-bombed city of Hiroshima over 70 years ago to build houses for survivors and their families.

The panel and Q&A will be moderated by Dr. Gail Nomura, professor at the University of Washington, and feature 75-year-old atomic bomb survivor Koko Kondo, who spent time with Schmoe as a young girl, as well as Kumiko Ogoshi Takai, the documentary’s director. They will be joined by Clement Hanami, vice president of exhibitions and art director at JANM; Takuo Takigawa, director of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum; and Mike Carr, CEO of the Battleship Missouri Memorial.

The documentary is available to stream now on NHK World-Japan’s video-on-demand service.

This program is free, but RSVPs are required using this Zoom link. The program will be available in with simultaneous audio interpretation in both English and Japanese. Contact if you have any additional questions or specific access concerns.

This program is presented in partnership with NHK WORLD-JAPAN, and with cooperation from the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and the Battleship Missouri Memorial.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition “Under a Mushroom Cloud: Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and the Atomic Bomb.”

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  1. Thank you!! Great article. As an American, the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are very sad atrocities. I will never understand how our government could ever use nuclear weapons and bomb japan. All we can do is pray for world peace, disarm nuclear weapons & try to make our world a better place.