Event of “Compassion’s Hakodate” at Mt. Fuji

New York, N.Y. From 2001 to 2010, I planned a “sunrise of compassion” event on top of Mt. Fuji. Many people came together to worship the light. Let me tell you how this all began…

New Year’s Eve 2000 I stayed at the head priest’s home at the Tianhe Benzaiten Shrine in Nara Prefecture. I dreamt I was flying high in the sky towards Mt. Fuji. When I came close to it, a golden halo was hanging around Mt. Fuji. It was an extraordinary sight, beautiful, wonderful. As I flew closer, I saw something happening – the golden ring was actually many, many human beings joined by hand and praying in circles. This was the motivation.

Wow, it was amazing! I thought, as I woke up there. That was something! I thought, “I wanted to do something like such as turning a golden ring around Mt. Fuji somehow” and that was the trigger. I talked to Mr. Kakisaka, I started various things. I passed a lot around Mt. Fuji to find out the place. That’s why I made an event called “Sunrise of Compassion”. and started planning

Continue for Ten Years from 2001
The first year was 2001. I chose the last weekend of July as a time to think that summer is good. There are 700 participants or 800 participants …. I did not advertise, but I tried hard to get people.

The next year in 2002, the second time was the “International Year of Mountain” set by the United Nations, so the United Nations cooperated and put it in the official event of the United Nations. His Holiness the Dalai Lama also gave me a message. So, people gradually increased by word-of-mouth, and eventually we had been doing it annually ten times until 2010, as it continued every year.

It is an event where we worships the sunrise, so we begin around 10 o’clock in the evening. Everyone climbs the mountain after dark, from about 11 o’clock, I play music and do a good story. Then I shared the rice balls and lunch boxes I brought with others and it was a very fun project.

Some people went to the place for a while and camped. After that, sunrise is around 4:30 in the morning. At that time everyone joins hands. And we pray for world peace. After that, cleaning from around 6:00 am, planting trees with everyone went to the nearby hot springs.

As I saw in my dreams, we could not go around Mt. Fuji, but while I was seeing the light, everyone joined hands and became one. We pray for world peace. Mr. Oshima of Tianhe Shrine participated every year and was burning a big fire ceremony.

From the second year, the people of the another peace Foundation cooperated and performed a flag ceremony. It is difficult for me to find a suitable place to connect hands with everyone, so I’ve been looking for where I should do all the year from now and finally found the place I found near the Gotemba, on the premises of the military

From the top person of the Self Defense Force, “I will OK if the documents arrive to me, please start from the bottom and get all OK through all the departments, so I will OK it if the request comes to my desk properly, “I learned that the SDF is like that.

I went every year to this office in Yokohama with a little present to gain approval.

Since the place was the best, I went to a greeting every year when I would like to ask you again. Since I thought that I should stop it after ten years, I have done it for ten years until 2010. thank you for helping me. Even now even a connected relationship

Among them, not only Japanese but also various international background people participated, from this time on my connection in New York still continues, and that flow is also in the current Dalai Lama’s birthday celebration etc. It is connected.

Another story – at the top of Mt. Fuji, things that were shining like UFO lights were well visible. Everything is a UFO! When you go to the top of the mountain as much as Mt. Fuji, you can see UFOs

Originally published as Vol. 34 in Weekly Biz, July 7, 2018; translated by Jim Luce.

See: Dr. Kazuko Hillyer Tatsumura Column in Japan’s Weekly Biz



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Dr. Kazuko Hillyer Tatsumura
Dr. Kazuko was born into a distinguished old family in Kyoto, Japan, and graduated from Toho conservatory of Music in Tokyo. In 1961 she came to U.S. as a pianist sponsored by the Boston Symphony. She studied at Boston University, New York University, and received her Ph.D. in Oriental Medicine from New York State University and the International Academy of Education in Tokyo. From 1968 to 1992, she promoted cultural exchanges from East to West and vice versa, and became a world famous impresario, producing 2,000 events each year all over the world encompassing over 140 countries. In this connection, in 1972, she went to Dharamsala to find the lost Tibetan Folk Opera, and met His Holiness the Dalai Lama, with whom she remains a lifelong friend. In 1973 and 1991 she arranged and funded personally the tours of the Folk Opera of Tibet to the West. She has received many medals and honors from different countries. Her tireless life long work in Philanthropic field is vast and well known ranging from Save the Beacon Theater, Save the Boat People, Help the Homeless, natural disasters of earthquakes and tsunamis, as well as relief to AIDS and HIV positive children in Africa. She has been a dedicated Board Member to both the J. Luce Foundation and Orphans International for years. Her work focuses on the Tibetan people; Tibetan children remain especially strong in her heart. She raised fund for the new academic building for Manjushree Orphanage in Tawang, India and supported many aspects of the school. See HuffPo pieces entitled Japanese Holistic Healer in NYC to Build School for Tibetan Orphans in India, A Japanese Dinner with Raul Castro’s Daughter, and NYC Gala in Support of Tibetan Orphans Set for January.

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