Hiroshima: Seeking a world free of nuclear weapons and full of peace, Hiroshima atomic bomb survivors, schoolchildren and others surrounded the A-Bomb Dome here, connecting together some 900 beribboned banners contributed from around Japan in an event that takes place every five years.
"We hope that children will take over the wish for peace," Miyoko Watanabe (80) yesterday said, who represents the organiser group of Hiroshima bomb survivors at the outset of the event, the fifth since 1990.
Present were about 100 elementary and junior high school children from Hiroshima, Saitama, Fukuoka and elsewhere.
Dubbed "ribbons of peace", the 50 by 100 centimetres banners were hand-painted and patterned in various ways as their designers expressed their hopes for peace with such messages as "no more nukes" and "for a world where children`s smiles shine”.
Participants tied the banners together using the ribbons attached to the four corners of each one and offered a silent prayer at 8:15 am (local time), the time that the US dropped an A-bomb on Hiroshima on Aug 6, 1945 during World War II.
"I joined together the ribbons hoping that the world becomes peaceful," said 15-year-old Nozomi Fukunaga, a junior high school third-grader from Itoshima, Fukuoka Prefecture.
Located in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, the gutted, domed building symbolises the devastation caused by the atomic bombing.