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tibet-festival-tokyo-2013Dharamshala: - The 'Tibet Festival 2013' was successfully held at the Gokokuji temple in Tokyo, the capital of Japan from 1-5 May, 2013.

The festival was organised by the cultural section of the Liaison Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama for Japan and East-Asia, with support from the authorities of Gokokuji temple and was visited by over 80, 000 people.

Focusing on various aspects of Tibetan culture, the festival also included the performance of traditional Tibetan art forms. Tibetan food was also made available to the visiting public.

Cham, a Tibetan ritual dance was performed by Tibetan monks from the Tashilhunpo Monastery in South India. Sand Mandalas and Tibetan Thangka paintings were displayed in association with the Norblingka Institute of Dharamshala.

Ven. Eiji Okamoto, the Chief Abbot of the Gokokuji Temple said that " he felt glad to help the Tibetan people' and that the Gokokuji temple " shared a special relationship with the Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama due to the past visits by His Holiness to the temple."

His Holiness the Dalai Lama had visited the temple in 2011 to conduct prayers following the earthquake and tsunami in Japan that year.

Lhakpa Tshoko, the Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Japan thanked the authorities of the Gokokuji temple, the volunteers and the participants for their support.