A group of 50 people who live near Mount Fuji climbed up to pray for All Japan news’s recovery after the earthquake and tsunami that hit the country in March 2011. The ceremony took place on Wednesday and gathered people from all walks of life. Among them was Tamae Watanabe (74), who became the oldest woman to climb up Mount Everest, in May last year, the media reports.
After the 7-hour climb, the participants took a moment of silence, facing the direction of the disaster-hit areas and then went to a shrine on the mountain top to pray for the recovery of the country.
The group leader Shinsuke Togawa said they will keep coming to the mountain top to pray for the people who were most affected by disasters.
Mount Fuji is considered a sacred place and is home to many ceremonies of the king. The site was granted UNESCO World Heritage status a month ago.