Japanese tea ceremony held at USS Arizona Memorial

July 19, 2011 - 3:59 PM
Pearl Harbor Tea Ceremony

Two ceremony cups of tea are displayed, offered to the American sailors by Dr. Genshitsu Sen XV, grand tea master of the Urasenke School of Tea after performing a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony in Shrine Room of the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor Tuesday, July 19, 2011, in Honolulu. Pearl Harbor survivors along with honored guest participated in the morning ceremony. The tea ceremony honors Americans who lost their lives when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — Organizers have held a traditional Japanese tea ceremony at the USS Arizona Memorial, the first time that the highly choreographed ritual has been performed on top of the battleship that sank 70 years ago in the attack on Pearl Harbor.

A Japanese tea master prepared two bowls of green tea — one each for attack victims and world peace - for the centuries-old art form that encourages contemplation and reflection.

Officials hope the ceremony Tuesday will promote world peace and reconciliation between the U.S. and Japan.

Three survivors of the Japanese attack attended, along with Adm. Patrick Walsh, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, and other dignitaries.

Some 2,400 sailors, Marines and soldiers were killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.