SOPP 2020 at Fuji Sanctuary

PLEASE NOTE – Amidst the worldwide effort to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, all in-person SOPP gatherings are being cancelled this year. This includes the ceremony at Fuji Sanctuary scheduled to be held on May 17, as well as all local ceremonies and gatherings around the world. Instead, SOPP participants around the world are invited to take part from home in an online SOPP program.

Watch the live-stream broadcast

May 17, 11:00am ~ 12:30pm Japan time (click here for your local date and time)
(live stream opens 15 minutes prior to start)

Download: SOPP 2020 English program guide

This year, since local prayer ceremonies and gatherings will not be taking place, we are inviting all SOPP organizers and participants from all parts of the world to join in the online broadcast. Together, we will create a virtual field of prayer that spans the entire globe. If you cannot join us live, the recorded broadcast will be available afterwards.

We are asking all online participants to please send us your experience and impressions of this year’s SOPP, along with a photo of yourself (if possible, taken while joining in the SOPP). Please send these by email to

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Each year, the SOPP celebrates humanity’s common wish for a world of peace and harmony, through a show of interfaith unity and with shared prayers for peace throughout the world. In recent years, the SOPP has also been the venue for a variety of global initiatives, including the inauguration of the Fuji Declaration (2015), the launch of the Soul of WoMen campaign (2016), and the introduction of the Divine Spark IN (2018).

In 2020, the SOPP continues its mission to reignite the divine spark within all human beings, for the dawning of a world where peace and human dignity are cherished above all else—where every way of life is accepted and celebrated, where all people are treated with kindness and love, and where everyone is free to live the life they wish for.

The following prayer leaders will lead participants in religious prayers at this year’s event:

2020 Prayer leaders:
Fr. Rocco Viviano (Christianity)
Mr. Mark N. Zion (Judaism)
Imam Muhammed Rasit Alas (Islam)
Mr. Daisuke Ogino
Mr. Shinjo Nohara (Buddhism)

Mr. Genzo Makino (Hinduism)

May Peace Prevail on Earth!

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