This ceremony, held annually in September, has been conducted by Byakko Shinko Kai in various forms for more than 40 years. Though it has evolved over time, its essential purpose remains the same — to send loving, uplifting, and purifying vibrations to those who have passed away, so that they may go on fulfilling their own heavenly missions.
Originally, the ceremony gave Byakko members the opportunity to submit the names of family, friends, and other loved ones who had passed away. Today, tens of thousands of names reach Fuji Sanctuary from various parts of the world each year, and the ceremony also includes prayers for those who lost their lives in wars, conflicts, environmental disasters, and other violent circumstances, as well as prayers to purify the history of humanity as a whole.
Since 2006, when it became known as the Ceremony for the Dawning of the Earth, the ceremony has expanded to include prayers for the purification of the planet Earth and all living things. A special kotodama (divine prayer), a beautiful IN (mudra), and prayers of gratitude are performed and offered to the earth on behalf of all humanity.
In 2017, the ceremony’s name has been changed to “The Rebirth of Human Divinity Festival.”
The collective prayers, INs, kotodama, and loving thoughts of several thousand participants, under the guidance of Byakko Chairperson Masami Saionji, create a beautiful, elevated field of energy that enables the healing and cleansing of human souls and of the entire planet.
Mitama Shiro : a special way to honor the deceased
Prior to the ceremony, the names of the deceased are collected using a special paper called Mitama Shiro. These papers are carefully gathered and prepared, and on the day of the ceremony they are presented on stage in a solemn, sacred, and beautiful manner. During the ceremony, the Mitama Shiro are carried through the aisles of the Prayer Field by trained members of Byakko wearing traditional hakama (ceremonial dress) of various colors — a very beautiful and deeply moving scene. Together, all participants pray for the souls named on the Mitama Shiro to be purified and uplifted so that their heavenly missions can be fulfilled.