A North East rugby fan scaled Japan’s highest peak to place a familiar flag at the summit.
Sean Pearson, originally from Chester-le-Street, County Durham, took on the challenge of climbing 12,389ft to the top of Mount Fuji.
And, when he and his two friends finally made it to the top, the dedicated Newcastle Falcons rugby fan planted the club’s flag in the ground.
The 17-year-old, who is living with his parents Graeme and Jackie in Japan while Graeme is on a three-year secondment with his company, took a taste of Tyneside to the peak of the mountain after climbing for more than seven hours.
Sean took on the challenge with pals Kazuma Teramoto, 34, from Japan and Iily Kuznetsov, 27, from America, and was proud to fly his home team’s flag thousands of miles from Newcastle.
His mum Jackie said: “While we have been here we have tried to keep up with the Falcons. My eldest son is still in the UK and he keeps us up to date and also my brother is a huge fan and keeps us in the picture too.
“Sean likes to still try and go to any matches at Kingston Park with my brother when we visit the UK, which is usually around Christmas time.
“Unfortunately, Sean could not leave the flag at the summit of Fuji, it was not allowed, but he did enjoy flying the flag for the Falcons up there.
“Sean said it was a hard hike, taking them about seven hours, but he says to see the amazing sunrise from the summit was all worth the hard work.
“For all it was just a group of friends climbing, it still had to be an organised climb as you are only able to climb Fuji a few weeks of the year.”
She added: “Sean is out in Japan with us while Greame is on a three-year secondment with his company Calsonic Kansei.
“Sean is studying for his A-levels in English Literature, PE and Business studies at the British School in Tokyo.
“We have all enjoyed our stay over here, the way of life and the different cultures make it an experience we will never forget.”
Mount Fuji is located on Honshu Island and is the highest mountain in Japan at 3,776.24m.
An active stratovolcano that last erupted in 1707–08, Mount Fuji lies about 100km South West of Tokyo, and can be seen from there on a clear day.