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Tibetans and Japanese supporters pray for world peace and freedom on Mt. Fuji

August 25, 2009

Central Tibetan Authority
August 23, 2009

Dharamshala -- Tibetans living in Japan and their
Japanese supporters made a pilgrimage up Mount
Fuji on Saturday to pray for world peace, AFP news agency reported.

"Today there are a lot of problems in China, not
just in Tibet but also in East Turkestan
(Xinjiang) and Inner Mongolia," AFP quoted Lhakpa
Tshoko, the Japan and East Asia representative of
His Holiness the Dalai Lama, as saying.

"The nature of suffering we are enduring is the
same, so we are also praying for our brothers and
sisters in those regions," he said.

"We chose Mt Fuji because it is a very important
mountain, loved by the Japanese people and
revered in the Shinto religion," said Lhakpa Tshoko.

At Mt Fuji, about 50 Tibetans, Mongolians and
Japanese supporters on Friday started the trek up Japan's highest mountain.

Bad weather prevented them from holding a sunrise
prayer ceremony Saturday on the summit of the
3,776 metre (12,390 feet) high mountain, but they
later performed religious rituals on the flank of the volcano.
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