Fallen Japanese remembered

Momase, Normal


East Sepik Japanese Peace Park in Wewak came alive last Thursday when more than 250 Japanese arrived to conduct a memorial service in remembrance of their countrymen who died during World War II. The Goma Hoyo or fire memorial service was conducted by Shinto Buddhist monks to pray and bring back the souls of Japanese who served in WWII in the Pacific and lost their lives and to pray for peace in the whole world. Wewak and Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands were two locations in the Pacific that the Japanese chose to hold this memorial service. Pictured are Shinto Buddhist monks conducting the memorial service which was attended by more than 100 local residents.