The Japanese Peace Bell project was founded by Chiyoji Nakagawa, with a bell donated to the United Nations headquarters in New York via the United Nations Association of Japan in June 1954. It is a bonsho (a Buddhist temple bell) of 60 centimeters in diameter, 1 meter in height, and 116 kg in weight. Ceremonies are held at the opening of the United Nations General Assembly in September each year as well as on the International Day of Peace on September 21 where the bell is rung in honour of world peace by the Secretary General, UN executives, and other public figures.
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