On Dec. 19, 2020, the consecration ceremony for the Peace Bell for Republic San Marino
was held solemnly at the main building of Kamakura Shrine.
The ceremony was attended by 13 people from our association and the Executive Committee
of San Marino Nippon Matsuri.
The chief priest Koiwa gave the Shinto ritual prayer and the priestess played dance.
The chief priest performed Otonomiya dance and offered tamagushi, i.e. a branch of sacred tree.
It was a heartfelt ritual. All attendees rang the bell. The chief priest Koiwa talked in his speech
about the reason why Chiyoji Nakagawa came to this shrine for the purpose of consecration ceremony;
Nakagawa loved and respected Otonomiya who sacrificed life for people in general.
Lastly, Seiko Takase, the representative of our association, and Yuko Furugen,
the representative of Executive Committee of San Marino Nippon Matsuri gave closing remarks,
and the ceremony ended smoothly as planned.