aki fukasi chiran no sakura ne wo hirogu
Chiran's cherry trees spreading
On November 2, 2015, Hidenori Hiruta visited the Tokkō Peace Kannondō (特攻平和観音堂) when he went to Chiran Peace Park, in Chiran, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan.
The Tokkō Peace Kannondō is a temple statue of Kannon, the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy inside. The image enshrined within is a 0.58m replica statue of the Yumechigai Kannon (夢違観音 Dream-Changing Kannon), a National Treasure at Hōryū-ji. The names of the 1,036 kamikaze pilots are written on paper within her womb.