New Guam Chinkon Shrine Promotes Unity Between Guam, Japan

Yasukuni Jinjya high priests from Japan bless new shrine

By Chloe B Babauta

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, July 9, 2017) – A ceremony was held Sunday July 9, at a newly erected Japanese shrine at Adelup to promote peace and unity between Guam and Japan.

The Guam Chinkon Shrine, or shrine of eternal rest, was built with the approval and blessings of the Japanese government, according to U.S. Explore & Study, Inc.

“For the past five years we have coordinated and successfully had Peace Ceremonies in regards to all those who had suffered during WWII on our beautiful island,” said Eugene Camacho, general manager of U.S. Explore & Study. “Each year, over two dozen Japanese would travel to Guam just for this purpose, the promotion of peace," he said in a statement.

Yasukuni Jinjya high priests from Japan blessed the new shrine. 

The shrine at Adlup is the first of its kind in this area of the Pacific, according to Camacho.

At the ceremony, Japanese performers put on bugaku, or traditional Japanese dance reserved for government ceremonies and royal gatherings. 

“The past is the past and we must forgive in order to move on or move forward,” Camacho said in a statement. “As we continue to hold these ceremonies and with the erection of the Guam Chinkon Shrine, ... understanding, peace and unity will prevail.”

“Guam is a melting pot of many Asian, Pacific, and American cultures,” Lt. Gov. Ray Tenorio said in a statement. “We find strength in this diversity and our common quest for peace. Today, we honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for their nation and pray for world peace … This shrine represents the bonds of a shared history and provides hope for a bright future.”

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