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Buddhist monk Yusai Sakai, known for twice achieving a significant feat of ascetic training in the 1980s, died of heart failure Monday, his family said. He was 87.

Sakai, a monk of the Tendai school of Buddhism, achieved the feat known as “sennichi kaihogyo” in 1980 after having walked some 40,000 km through mountainous areas of the 848-meter Mount Hiei and in the city of Kyoto over a period of seven years. The Tendai sect is headquartered at Enryaku Temple on Mount Hiei in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture.

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