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As I walked through Ueno Park in Tokyo on sunday morning this shrine caught my eye –

shrine

I went for a closer look once this young woman had moved on.

firebird

Goodness, isn’t this just amazing? I looked more carefully at the flickering flame –

firebird

I had no idea what this was all about but I found it completely captivating. At the base of the shrine was marble onto which the shadows of the overhead leaves played looking for all the world like fleeting reflections of the kanji letters below the dove with the flame.

reflection

Yesterday I asked the students if they knew what this was, and they told me that it was to commemorate those who died in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and that the flame was a continuous flame which stretched right back to the fires in those cities after the bomb fell.

Then this morning, outside my hotel room door, I find the Daily Yomiuri and look what’s on the front page –

daily yomiuri

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