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A Summer Evening of Prayer & Peace
August 5 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pmFree
On the night of August 5, the string of temples and shrines in Futaba-no-sato, originally constructed to protect the castle town of Hiroshima from misfortune that was said to come from the inauspicious northeast direction, are illuminated by candles and decorated with flowers to comfort the souls of the victims of the A-bombing and to wish for peace throughout the world.
There are several cultural events scheduled at some of the temples and the event coincides with a local summer festival in nearby Shiribuka Park (which has a very impressive camphor tree which survived the 1945 A-bombing). Here there will be more stage performances, including a kagura dance performance, as well as street stalls offering food, drink and carnival games.
All are welcome and there is no charge to participate. You can go wander around the shrines and temples by yourself, or you can join a guided tour which will assemble in front of Hiroshima Shinkansen Station at 18:15. Futaba-no-sato volunteer guides will be accompanied by English speaking guides to help with translation.
- 17:00 Kagura dance performance 17:30 at the Onaga Summer Festa in Siribuka Park
- 19:00 Japanese shakuhachi flute performance by Komusō monks in Shokoji Temple
- 19:00-20:30 Bon odori festival dance at the Onaga Summer Festa in Shiribuka Park
Download the English event pamphlet here.