Cupertino’s ‘bell ringing’ goes virtual

A ceremony honoring Cupertino’s sister city Toyokawa, Japan, is going virtual this year, with COVID-19 rendering an in-person event impossible.

The Bell Ringing Ceremony commemorates 75 years of peace since the end of WWII and the bombings of Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and Toyokawa. U.S. forces bombed Toyokawa, a large naval base, near the end of the war, following the nuclear attack at Hiroshima.

This year’s ceremony is set for Wednesday, August 5, from 3:45 to 4:15 p.m. Other ceremonies across the country will run concurrently.

Speakers include Toru Maeda, Japan’s Consul General in San Francisco and Kevin O’Donnell of Sister Cities International. O’Donnell also works at the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco.

To register for the event, click here. To see more information from the City of Cupertino, click here.