■ 2016.12.13

Memorial ceremony for Alpinist Junko Tabei slated for Dec. 18

Memorial ceremony for Alpinist Junko Tabei slated for Dec. 18 

A memorial ceremony for Alpinist Junko Tabei, the first woman to scale Mount Everest, who died on October 20, will be held on Sunday, Dec. 18 at Showa Women’s University in Tokyo, her alma mater. 

 The ceremony will be held at the university’s Green Hall from 2:30 to 4 p.m. The venue is about 7 minutes’ walk from Sangenjaya station on the Tokyu Den-en-toshi Line. For inquiry: 090-2140-3226 (Ms. Imada) http://office.swu.ac.jp/campusmap/

All who wish to pay their last respects to the late Tabei are welcome. 

Tabei died of peritoneal cancer on Oct. 20 at a hospital in Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture. She was 77. 

 A member of the Japanese Alpine Club, Tabei founded the Ladies Climbing Club in 1969, and became the first Japanese woman to climb 7,555-meter Annapurna III in the Himalayas in 1970, and then in 1975, reached the summit of 8,848-meter Everest, as the climbing party leader of the Japanese Women’s Everest Expenditure. By 1992, Tabei had scaled all of the world’s “Seven Summits” – the first such achievement by a woman.