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U.S. and Japanese officials pour whiskey from wartime canteen in show of reconciliation

  • Video by Craig T. Kojima / ckojima@staradvertiser.com

    A ceremony for the blackened canteen was held Friday at the USS Arizona Memorial.

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Japanese Consul General Koichi Ito, left; Dr. Hiroya Sugano, director general of the Zero Fighter Admirers’ Club; Jacqueline Ashwell, superintendent of the Pearl Harbor National Memorial; Elissa Lines, Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum director; and Jack DeTour, a World War II B-25 pilot, made an offering of bourbon Friday at the Blackened Canteen Ceremony.

    CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Japanese Consul General Koichi Ito, left; Dr. Hiroya Sugano, director general of the Zero Fighter Admirers’ Club; Jacqueline Ashwell, superintendent of the Pearl Harbor National Memorial; Elissa Lines, Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum director; and Jack DeTour, a World War II B-25 pilot, made an offering of bourbon Friday at the Blackened Canteen Ceremony.

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Dr. Hiroya Sugano, left, director general of the Zero Fighter Admirers’ Club, came from Japan to conduct the annual Blackened Canteen Ceremony. Sugano’s wife, Yoko, right, and Bishop Shokai Kanai prayed Friday at the Arizona Memorial.

    CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Dr. Hiroya Sugano, left, director general of the Zero Fighter Admirers’ Club, came from Japan to conduct the annual Blackened Canteen Ceremony. Sugano’s wife, Yoko, right, and Bishop Shokai Kanai prayed Friday at the Arizona Memorial.

Officials from Japan and the U.S. together placed their hands on a canteen salvaged from the wreckage of two World War II American B-29 bombers in Japan and poured bourbon whiskey into the well of the USS Arizona Memorial on Friday as an ongoing symbol of peace and reconciliation between the two nations. Read more

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