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His Holiness the Dalai Lama arrives in Japan

November 4, 2009

By Sherab Woeser
Phayul
October 30, 2009

Tokyo, October 30: The exiled Tibetan leader, His
Holiness the Dalai Lama, arrived in Japan this
afternoon for a nine-day visit at the invitation
of Shikoku Buddhist Association and Okinawa Mahabodhi Association.

His Holiness was received at Tokyo’s Narita
airport by Lhakpa Tshoko, Representative of H.H.
The Dalai Lama for Japan and East Asia, along
with a varied group of people of Japanese,
Chinese, Mongolian and Tibetan origins.

The Tibetan leader will be in Japan from October 30 -- November 7.

On his arrival at the Royal Park Hotel, His
Holiness was received by Makino Seisyu, Member of
Parliament and a long-time friend of Tibet.
Inside the hotel, Japanese supporters, Indian
students, western tourists and Chinese and
Taiwanese businessmen lined-up to seek His Holiness’s blessings.

During the visit, His Holiness is expected to
give teachings, hold dialogues with scientists
and interact widely with the public. The Tibetan
leader is also expected to travel outside the capital city of Tokyo.

"Japanese people love and admire His Holiness a
lot," said Satsuki, a Japanese supporter outside
the hotel. "I am happy that our government has
welcomed His Holiness on many occasions despite
strong objection from the Chinese government," she said.

This is Holiness’s 12th visit to Japan, the
earliest being in 1967 when His Holiness, for the
first time travelled outside his exile home of India.
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