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EVENT 2010

The commemorative ceremony
for the Atomic Bomb Memorial Day took place on the
9th of August 2010 at the main building of the UNO in Vienna.

As part of the ceremony Yuko Gulda performed a Japanese tea ceremony. The tea ceremony was meant as a symbol for
»peace, even in times of war«.

The international audience has thereby be given a deeper understanding of the meaning of this ancient Japanese tradition, within the main building of the
UNO in Vienna.

Claudia Hirtl has created the logo for this event and has also participated in its artistic configuration.

2010 marked the fifth year that the event »8.8. GENBAKU NOHI« has been held. In these 5 years, this event became a tradition here at the UN in Vienna.

I have the feeling that we are slowly but steadily approaching our goal for establishing »8.8. GENBAKU NOHI« as an International Day Against Nuclear Weapons. We receive more and more support, response and a growing international response.

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Around the end of 12th century the tea ceremony was introduced by Buddhist monks from China to Japan.
Tea ceremony as a »transformative practice« began to evolve its own aesthetic within Zen Buddhism.

During the 15th century the two concepts of »Wabi« and »Sabi« were implemented as two terms depicting »the indescribable state of mind and experience« while preparing tea.

The Zen buddhist monk IKKYU influenced the concept of »Sado« which means »the way of tea«.

In the 16 th Century, tea drinking spread to all levels of society in Japan. Sen no Rikyu (1521 – 1591) is the main historical figure of  Tea Ceremony who developed the idea of the particular »empty space« which you create and need while practicing.
The principles he set forward are:
Harmony– Respect– Purity – Tranquility.

During a time of nearly constant military conflicts in Japan, the Sengoku period, also called the Warring States Period, Samurai-warriors were never without arm unless they were participating at the tea ceremony; only then did they have to leave arms on the doorstep of the tea house.

At this year‘s Genbaku No Hi celebration Yuko Gulda wanted to show us this special meaning of preparing tea.

The message is:
To have  peace and create a living without nuclear and other weapons; even in wartime there is a way to create and live within a space of peace.

Let us keep going and we shall realize a nuclear-free world someday in the near future!