Ceremonies commemorate renovation of Moji Pagoda, honour fallen soldiers

Ceremonies were held on 5 August to commemorate the completion of the renovation of the Moji World Peace Pagoda in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan, and to offer prayers for the Japanese soldiers who lost their lives in Myanmar during the war.
Present at the event were the Presiding Sayadaw Bhaddanta Pandita of the Moji-Myanmar monastery, Sayadaw Agga Maha Pandita Bhaddanta Sobana, Mrs Kazuko Yasaka representing the Board of Trustees of the Moji Pagoda and the family of the late Mr Yanagida, former mayor of Moji. Myanmar Ambassador U Soe Han, embassy officials, and relatives of the fallen Japanese soldiers were also in attendance.
The ceremonies concluded with monks reciting the Metta Sutta to honour the fallen soldiers, and attendees joined in prayers for their remembrance.
The Moji World Peace Pagoda, designed in the likeness of Yangon’s Kaba Aye Pagoda, is renowned as both the Moji World Peace Pagoda and the Myanmar Monastery. Notably, it was added to the “Kanmon Nostalgic Straits” list of cultural heritage on April 28, 2017. — TWA/CT

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