Kannon is actually a Chinese Buddhist "enlightenment-being" Guan Yin which in Japanese translates into Kannon. There are many temples in Japan devoted to her. Incidentlly the famous Japanese company Canon Inc. was named after this deity and was originally known as Kwanon, Inc.
A temple built by Chinese existed at this site circa 1628 and was destroyed in 1945 due to the fires started by the Atom bomb. A new temple in the shape of turtle was built again in 1979 at the original site but is of totally different design and is dedicated to the war dead and A-bomb victims. The temple bell tolls at everyday at 11:02 AM - the time of explosion of the the A-bomb.
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