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Prayer for comforting and encouraging victims of Great East Japan Earthquake in Iwate Pref.

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu held a memorial ritual to pray for victims of Great East Japan Earthquake occurred on 11th March 2011 in collaboration with Todaiji temple in Nara at Dream Arena Takata in Iwate Prefecture on 29th September. Including the local citizens, about one thousand people attended this ritual.

In the ritual, priests of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu and monks of Todaiji temple prayed together for soon recovery from destruction, the aftermath of tsunami, and accidents at the nuclear power plants in Fukushima. Also, eight shrine maidens dedicated urayasu-no-mai, a Shinto sacred dance praying for peace and quiet in the nation.

This year, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu also held this ritual at Zuiganji Temple in Miyagi Prefecture on 19th May. Tsurugaoka Hachimangu and the worshippers association Enju no Kai will keep continuing to support people affected by the earthquake in the northeast Japan.

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