Monday, August 16, 2010

Today in Moka - ceremony to honor casualties of war

August 15th is the day when Japan surrendered in WW2. It is also the day to honor those who died during the war. Last year we went to the controversial Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo to witness the August 15th ceremonies.

This year, having just returned from Shikoku, we were too tired to go to Tokyo. Instead, I stayed at home, and Dr Trouble attended a local ceremony - Toro Nagashi - 真岡の燈ろう流し (Lanterns in the river) - in our favorite city - Moka.


It started with Buddhist monks chanting prayers for the casualties of war and then paper lanterns with a candle inside (500 yen for the privilege) were taken down to the river.

Priests prayed.

And then led the procession to the river.


And that's about it.

So, if you prefer a more traditional observance of the end of the war in Japan, here is a set of old photos, taken in 1943 and 1944, of Yasukuni shrine.


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