American and Japanese members of the World Peace Prayer Society (http://www.worldpeace.org/) will hold a World Peace Ceremony on Friday, March 30, at the International Student House in Washington D.C.
This ceremony will be held in coordination with a World Peace Festival on April 1 in Japan. (http://www.geocities.co.jp/NatureLand/5141/ichikawa/2001main-e.html)
A peace delegation from Japan will participate in the Washington D.C. ceremony. The purpose of both events is to pray for the peace of the United States, Japan, and all other countries on Earth and to strengthen friendship between the two countries.
Friday, March 30, 2001. From 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm.
(1) Flag Ceremony.
(We pray for peace for 190 countries while presenting their national flags.)
(2) Presentation of a Peace Pole to the ISH.
(3) Introduction and performance of Japanese culture.
Visit to the Bonnie Brae Elementary School
The Japanese Peace Delegation visited the Bonnie Brae Elementary School in Fairfax, Virginia, on March 30. In a third grade class of Mrs. Wells, they presented a Cloth of Many Colors made by third grade pupils of the Soya Elementary School in Ichikawa, Japan. They held with children a Flag Ceremony and prayed for world peace raising national flags of all countries on earth. Mr. Terasawa, the Japanese Candy Man, showed performances and entertained the children. A peace pole was presented to the school.
In the evening of March 30, a Peace Ceremony was held at the International Student House of Washington D.C. Students from more than 30 countries stay here and study in universities. A peace pole was presented to the ISH by the Ichikawa World Peace Festival Committee. A lot of students attended the Flag Ceremony. After the Ceremony, Japanese culture such as tea ceremony and aikido was demonstrated, and the Candy Man entertained the participants.
Sakura Matsuri Parade
In the morning of March 31, there was the Sakura Matsuri Parade,
the highlight of the Cherry Blossom Festival. The Peace Delegation
walked just behind the banner of the Japan-America Society at the
head of the parade, bringing a big banner: "May Peace Prevail on
Earth" and a lot of national flags. The announcer told
that the World Peace Prayer Society was marching. Everybody
welcomed them with a clapping of hands.
May Peace Prevail on Earth.