Japanese White Pine

“Trees in Miyajima grow surrounded by the sound of prayers. In front of shrines, wooden balls the size of oranges are threaded onto loops of rope that pass over pulleys mounted to the shrines’ doorways. When pilgrims haul the ropes, the balls rise with the rope, then overtop the pulley and fall against one another, clacking and delivering a sonic petition to the shrine deities.”


“…kindled a gas flame amid the cenotaphs and mass graves of the city’s Peace Park.” Sound of the Flame of Peace at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, with the Children’s Peace Monument memorial bells ringing in the background:


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