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Friday, July 4, 2008

G8 Summit Observations

"Traditional Ainu Ceremony in Prayer of Summit Success"
Kamuinomi, the traditional prayer ceremony of the Ainu people, was conducted on June 21st to pray for the success of the Summit next month in Toyako Town.
Kamuinomi is a traditional prayer ceremony of the Ainu people in which a prayer is offered to the gods. Nearly 70 ainu individuals dressed in traditional costume prayed for the success of the Hokkaido Toyako Summit to be held in Toyako Town next month. (now this month)
During an interview with Tadashi Kato, chairman of the Ainu Association of Hokkaido, he said, "We are praying for the successful conclusion of the G8 Summit. We believe in the significance of having the social standing of us Ainu people as the aborigine of Japan properly acknowledged through the Summit..."

"Religious leaders hold peace parley in Hokkaido"
About 300 religious representatives from more than 20 countries met Wednesday to discuss peace ahead of the Group of Eight summit next week in Toyako, Hokkaido.
The participants, including about 60 religious leaders representing Christianity, Judaism, Buddhisim, Islam and Zoroastrianism, (our note: Zoroastrianism is the religion and philosophy based on the teachings ascribed to the prophet Zoroaster....{it} once was the dominant religion of much of Greater Iran, but has dwindled...with concentrations in India and Iran." Wikipedia) will craft peace proposals during the two day conference that will be held at the Sapporo convention center.
They will discuss eradicating war and poverty as well as climate change and terrorism, and submit proposals to Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda who will chair the G8 summit.

(Isaiah) yea, he maketh a god, and worshippeth it; he maketh it a graven image, and falleth down thereto.
16 He burneth part thereof in the fire; with part thereof he eateth flesh; he roasteth roast, and is satisfied: yea, he warmeth himself, and saith, Aha, I am warm, I have seen the fire:
17 And the residue thereof he maketh a god, even his graven image: he falleth down unto it, and worshippeth it, and prayeth unto it, and saith, Deliver me; for thou art my god.
(Jeremiah) peace, peace when there is no peace.
As we DO pray for peace and safety during the G8 summit for the many people gathering on this island during that time, we also continue to pray for the Japanese and the World to recognize the Prince of Peace and realize HE 'it is that is God, and there is no other!'