2014 Fuji SOPP
Under blue skies, bright springtime sun, and a clear view of magnificent Mount Fuji, thousands of peace-loving souls from across Japan and various parts of the world gathered at Fuji Sanctuary on May 18 for the tenth annual Symphony of Peace Prayers (SOPP) ceremony. On or near the same date, groups and individuals in more than 80 locations in over 35 countries joined in peace prayers, generating a global wave of energy for peace on earth and harmony among humanity (please see 2014 International events).
The SOPP, which was first held in 2005 at Fuji Sanctuary in Shizuoka, Japan, is a unique prayer event that brings together people from various faiths, cultures, and backgrounds to celebrate both the diversity of humanity’s spiritual and cultural traditions and the oneness of all humanity in its common wish for a world of peace and harmony.
Some 6,000 participants, including over 40 distinguished spiritual leaders and guests, filled the outdoor Prayer Field at Fuji Sanctuary on the morning of May 18. For the second year in a row, the ceremony was also broadcast live over the internet, enabling people all over the world to watch and join in the ceremony.
Early in the morning, the gates opened at Fuji Sanctuary, as staff and volunteers welcomed guests and participants, who took the opportunity to view information panels about the SOPP and its history, and events being held around the world. At 10 am, the ceremony began with opening remarks from Byakko President Tomohiko Naya and Chairperson Masami Saionji.