JAPAN: A Time to Dance

_ At dawn a soberminded flock of Christians, Buddhists and Shintoists gathered among the ruins at Hiroshima's Jisenji Temple for silent prayer and meditation. But thousands of their fellow citizens carried on as if the first anniversary of the atomic bomb were Rodeo Day in the Texas Panhandle. They jammed movie houses to see special anniversary shows, stampeded in the city's makeshift department stores to take advantage of bargain sales in Hiroshima-made products. The day ended with a bangup ritual lantern dance on the grounds of a Shinto shrine.

Hiroshima's Babbitts boosted the anniversary as "The Peace and Reconstruction Festival,"...

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