|Peace Ceremony Held In Hiroshima Simultaneously|
World Peace Prayer Ceremony (WPPC) was held
at “Hiroshima Health Hall” in Hiroshima City
at 10:00 am to the noon on Sunday, December 3, 2000
in Japanese Standard Time.
This time schedule corresponds to the same time as the
International Peace Ceremony at Pearl Harbor, which is being held
at 3:00 to 5:00 pm on Saturday, December 2, 2000
in Hawaiian Standard Time.
(There is 19 hrs time difference between those two places).
The purpose of the ceremony in Hiroshima is to pray together
with the people in Hawaii for the peace of Hawaii and Hiroshima
and the peace of every country of the world.
This is Mr. Kokichi Fujinaka, a member of WPPS and
the leader of Hiroshima WPPS, making his welcome speech
at the beginning of the ceremony.
The banner says “Hiroshima Hawaii WPPC global link” in Japanese.
By the way, the photos on this page were taken
by Mr. Takeshi Nagata, a member of WPPS in Hiroshima.
He kindly gave me permission to use them on my home page.
Thank you very much.
This is the so-called flag ceremony, which is main part of WPPC.
In the ceremony, all of the national flags are used.
Every time each flag is raised, the people there
pray together for the peace of the country
with a prayer "May Peace Be In (Name of Country)".
After it is repeated about 190 times and all the peaces of all the
nations are prayed for, we pray for the peace of the world
with a universal prayer "May Peace Prevail On Earth".
In this special occasion, they prayed for the peace of Hiroshima
and Hawaii. In Hawaii, we prayed for the peace of Hiroshima and
Hawaii, too. So, we could pray for the peace of each other,
between Hiroshima and Pearl Harbor, simultaneously.
The flag bearers are Ms. Keiko Nakamichi,
a member of WPPS, and her son, Masato.
Everybody sings a song “Let There Be Peace On Earth”
after the flag ceremony.
From the right to the left, Ms. Barbara Wolf,
Prof. Hideo Nakazawa, a member of WPPS, and Ms. Margaret Fikioris.
Ms. Barbara Wolf is a founder of Global Meditations Network,
and well known worldwide as a promoter of peace.
Ms. Margaret is a friend of Barbara's.
They kindly joined our ceremony in Hiroshima, and prayed
together with us for the peace of Hiroshima and Hawaii
and for the peace of the whole world.
Thank you very much.
Yasuyuki NEMOTO, e-mail: