In this World Peace Prayer Ceremony (Flag Ceremony),
we wholeheartedly wish for the achievement of perfect world peace and pray for
the peace in every country of the world, transcending all ethnic, religious or
political differences. World Peace Prayer Ceremonies have been held all around
the world, for example in the General Assembly Hall of the United Nation, New
York City, in Munich, Moscow and Beijing.
In September 2000, a World
Peace Prayer Ceremony was held in the World Peace Celebration 2000 for the
creation of a "Culture of Peace" organized by the Goi Foundation with the
support of the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of
Japan, the headquarters of UNESCO and the United Nations University. This event
where more than ten thousand people gathered with the ambassadors to Japan from
87 countries as well as their representatives is described in the web site of
The procedure of the ceremony
During the Ceremony, while raising the flag of each country, we
peace be in Afghanistan
Afghanistan ga heiwade arimasuyouni
May peace be in Bahrain.
Bahrain ga heiwade arimasuyouni
We pray in this way for the peace
in over 190 countries of the world.
In the end we pray for the countries and
regions that are not on the list:
May peace be in all the other regions
of the world.
Sonotano subeteno chiikiga heiwade arimasuyouni.
we pray seven times as follows:
May peace be in Hiroshima.
All the prayers will be recited first in English
and then in Japanese.
If you would like to join in our prayer through the
film show, please recite the prayer in your own language at the same moment we
offer the prayer in Japanese.