The Tibet Festival 2013 proved to be popular in Japan with more than 80,000 people visiting the Gokokuji temple in central Tokyo between 1 and 6 May, according to the Central Tibetan Administration.
The six-day festival focused on Tibetan traditions, food, costume and way of life. Many handmade objects from Norbulingka Institute, which represent Tibetan culture and age-old Tibetan craftsmanship, were displayed for sale, while Tibetans debated the local culture and the country’s situation through interactive sessions during the festival, according to the international press.
Cham, a traditional Tibetan Buddhist opera, was performed by monks from Tashi Lhunpo monastery, while 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 after the violent earthquake and tsunami hit Japan that year.