According to a tentative itinerary on the visit of Pope Francis to Nagasaki, Hiroshima, and Tokyo, His Holiness is expected to present a powerful message on banning nuclear weapons in Nagasaki.
In addition, Pope Francis, based on early reports, will give a sermon at the Nagasaki Municipal Baseball Stadium. In Tokyo, a gathering of young students will welcome the Pope to this popular city which attracts visitors from around the world.
On the subject of banning nuclear weapons, His Excellency Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Apostolic Nuncio, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN stated: “The world has become increasingly aware of the humanitarian consequences and planetary perils of the deployment of nuclear weapons in warfare. Greater attention must be given to the unnecessary suffering that would be brought on by the use of nuclear weapons.”
On November 24, 2019, His Holiness Pope Francis will visit Nagasaki, Japan. This historic trip marks the first time that the head of the Roman Catholic Church will visit Nagasaki in forty years. The last Pope to visit the city of Nagasaki which was destroyed during the second World War was Pope John Paul II.
In 2018, when UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres visited Nagasaki for the first time, the Tarumi Violinists were there, too, to pay tribute to the victims and survivors of the atomic bomb.
The young, peace-minded Tarumi Violinists, under the direction of Yukako Tarumi, performed at a Nagasaki Peace Concert at Peace Park in Japan.
The Tarumi Violinists performing in Nagasaki were Helena Barrett, Isabel Hong, Keitaro Ichikawa, Kojiro Ichikawa, Stiles Muccini, Edan Sabah, Lily Schwarcz, Ethan Song, and Kent Song, as well as accordionist Guillermo Vaisman.
to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, “the continued threat of nuclear
war in the face of rising tensions between nuclear armed states and the demise
of existing arms control and disarmament treaties, the nuclear danger
In his concluding remarks, here’s what Antonio Guterres stated: “To those young people, future peace makers of the world, my message is: “you are the ultimate force for change, to secure our common future. By carrying the message forward together, we will achieve our shared goal of a world free of nuclear weapons.
The City of Nagasaki is no stranger to the multi-cultural Tarumi Violinists who have performed not only in Nagasaki, but in many places around the world, including New York, headquarters of the United Nations. Most recently, the violinists performed on the International Day of Peace (September 21).
As explained by Yukako Tarumi, Director of the Tarumi Violin Children’s Foundation for the Arts, “the essential aim of my foundation is to use the universal language of violin music to reach out to people throughout the world. Together, we have experienced the healing power of music, and my students have learned that their music is a powerful tool to bring comfort to those in need or distress.”
In addition, she added, “Our international travels have included many International Friendship Tours, where our talented Tarumi Violinists have performed for UNICEF, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony, the Nursing Home for the Survivors of the Atom Bomb in Hiroshima, and the orphans and homeless of the Kobe earthquake.” Their concert at “Megumi no Oka” Atomic Bomb Victims Nursing Home in Nagasaki, Japan was very heartwarming, too.
At UN Headquarters in New York, it is not surprising that the young Tarumi Violinists are sometimes referred to as “Musical Ambassadors of Peace” by certain members of the media. What makes this group stand out, too, is that they are especially proud of having performed for four UN Secretary-Generals at the UN, namely, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, and UN Secretary-General Boutros-Boutros Ghali.
Perhaps, one of their most inspirational performances was when the
culturally-diverse Tarumi Violinists from the New York Metropolitan area,
performed for His Holiness John Paul 11 at the Vatican. At that time, they
taped the concert for the Vatican Radio Station which was broadcast three
times around the world.