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Masayoshi Murayama, who participated in Japan’s first expedition to the South Pole in 1956, and his former colleagues will hold a reunion in the Himalayas in December.

Murayama also headed a team that in 1959 rescued two dogs from Showa Base, which the first Japanese expedition to the Antarctic was forced to abandon.

The story of the dogs’ rescue became the basis of the hit 1983 film “Nankyoku Monogatari” (“Antarctica”).

Murayama says he hopes to reminisce with his former adventurers while drinking and trekking near 8,163-meter Mount Manaslu, the world’s eighth-highest peak.

Murayama visited the mountain 50 years ago as part of a Japanese climbing trip.

Those attending the reunion will include those who were involved in the construction of Showa Base, Murayama says.

Murayama, 85, is the oldest of the group. He went to the South Pole seven times in all, serving three times as winter expedition team leader.

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