2015-08-12 / Community Calendar


“EcoBon” Brings Environment into Japanese Summer Rite

HarborLAB, Gantry Plaza State Park, Hunters Point South Park, and Fairleigh Dickinson University have partnered to produce the kid-friendly EcoBon Floating Lantern Festival: Reflections on a Peaceful and Healthy Planet. On Sunday, August 16, the public is invited to decorate 100 lanterns made from reused materials with pictures and messages of hopes and concerns for local and global ecologies. Public viewing follows.


This FREE, nondenominational event takes place on the LIC waterfront, facing the United Nations. More details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/985883191437381/


3PM-6PM: Public decorates lanterns in Hunters Point South Park at 50th Avenue. Guided by Fairleigh Dickinson University, Florham Campus Resident Assistants.


7:53PM: Sunset. Lanterns floated from Gantry Plaza State Park dock at 50th Avenue.


8:30PM (approximately): Last lantern placed by Dr. Rev. Toshikazu Kenjitsu “Rev. TK”  Nakagaki, Vice Chair of the Interfaith Center of New York and President of the Buddhist Council of New York. Rev. TK offers remarks for contemplation.


9PM: Lanterns are retrieved.


HarborLAB, based in LIC, produces paddling programs for social and environmental good. The Obon ceremony is an ancient Japanese summer rite of remembrance and reflection. HarborLAB conceived EcoBon based on the 9/11 Hudson River Obon initiated by founder Erik Baard and Rev. TK Nakagaki that was annual from 2002-2011, and is now decadal. Lanterns are made from used CD jewel cases provided by Murfie Music and film reel packing foam provided by Wah, Inc. through NYC WasteMatch.


“We’re excited to rescue plastics from landfill to create a beautiful display of environmental messages in view of the United Nations. Since the atomic bombings 70 years ago, Obon lanterns have carried messages of peace. We now know that hopes for peace and a healthy planet are intertwined,” said Erik Baard, founder of HarborLAB.

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