Soul initiation ceremony

On 25.6.2024, a ceremony was held at Kamakura Shrine to receive four UN Peace Bells, attended by 16 people.

These bells will be presented to the Hiroshima Takeya Area Atomic Bomb Memorial Ceremony Executive Committee, the Republic of Kosovo, Israel and Palestine. It was a very hot and humid day, but as the ceremony began, a cool breeze suddenly blew, which seemed to be the mercy of the enshrined deity. The ceremony began with offering the blessing by the chief priest KOIWA, followed by the Ninjou Mai ritual dance. Afterwards, all attendees presented a tamagushi (a sacred object) and rang the Peace Bell. The ceremony ended in a solemn but warm atmosphere with speeches by Mr KOIWA, representative TAKASE and the recipient’s representative, KOYANAGI Hiroshi.