On Sunday July 31st Buddhist monks Senji Kanaeda and Gilberto Perez from Nipponzan Myohoji Temple, Bainbridge Island Washington, lead their peace walkers to Open Gate Zendo as part of their annual Hiroshima Day Peace Walk. This year's the walk began in Eugene Oregon, on July 21st and ended today (August 8th) at the Trident Submarine Base Bangor Washington. This year the walk was billed as the 2011 Peace Walk with “Each step as a prayer for world peace and a nuclear free future.”
The Nipponzan Myōhōji is known in the west for its Peace Pagodas (stupas) in many locations around the world. It has also been known for many high profile peace pilgrimages undertaken by its followers. Founded in 1917 by Nichidatsu Fujii, Nipponzan Myōhōji is a non-proselytizing religious movement that emerged from the Nichiren sect of Japanese Buddhism.