Fuji-san, Japan's Spiritual Home

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Fuji-san (san=mountain), with an altitude of 3,776 meters, is not just the highest in Japan. It's not just a world-famous Japan's symbol with its complete shape of elegant triangular pyramid. It's not just the most popular mountain in Japan for international tourists to climb. It's sure been a spiritual home for the Japanese for centuries, most probably ever since B.C.  Ancient Japanese must have gazed in awe very much indeed at Fuji-san, being overwhelmed by its graceful beauty. The word fuji stands for immortality in Japanese language. So they called it Fuji-san (san= muntain), a mountain of immortality, wishing for their longevity or an eternal life. 

Spiritual Fuji-san                                                                                                                                       In the Edo Period (1603-18687), there were a bunch of village delegations from across Japan, so-called Fuji-ko. They climbed Fuji-san in the summer, chanting a prayer to the Buddha on their way to and from the mountain top on behalf of their own village people. 

 An inverted image of Fuji-san reflected in Lake Kawaguchi

Fuji-san, Japan's Spiritual Home

 Ko-fuji (ko = small) : Fuji-san is cradling Ko-fuji on its lap.

Fuji-san, Japan's Spiritual Home

  Sengen Shrine in Shizuoka Prefecture

Fuji-san, Japan's Spiritual Home

 From the pricincts of Sengen Shrine in mid-February. Fuji-san rises to the north of the shrine.

Fuji-san, Japan's Spiritual Home

                                                                                                                                                                              

An increasing number of foreign tourists climb Fuji-san each year, about 20% out of 300,000 climbers.  Here's just information about Fuji-san. I once heard former US President Obama saying at a press conference, like "In Japan they say you will be a fool if you climb Mt. Fuji twice."  Indeed you don't need to climb Mt. Fuji TWICE to see the extremely elegant beauty of Mt. Fuji. Once is enough. Hearing him saying so on TV, I looked back on my younger days. I was like, "Right. But that means I must be a real fool. Cause I did climb Fuji-san as many as TWICE, once in my 20s with my friends and again in my 40s with my family. Now I wonder it might be your turn to clime Fuji san once or twice.:) Sure the more you climb Fuji-san, the more you will be captivated by its breathtaking beauty!! You'll be on the MOON, not on Mt. fuji. 100%!!

Sunrise from the top of Fuji-san

Fuji-san, Japan's Spiritual Home

<Kyodo-fuji, Local Fuji-san>                                                                                                                 Fuji-san is ranked #1 as something super joyful in Japan, especially when reading a dream on New Year's, along with a 2nd-ranked hawk and a 3rd-ranked eggplant. Therefore any mountain looking like Fuji-san tends to be called Fuji-san something-or-other throughout Japan. There are as many as over 300 local Fuji-sans. Here are some of them.

(1) Ezo-fuji, Yotei-zan, in the northern island of Hokkaido (1898 m)Fuji-san, Japan's Spiritual Home

 (2) Tsugaru-fuji, Iwaki-san, in the northern part of Honshu (1625 m) Fuji-san, Japan's Spiritual Home

(3) Satsuma-fuji, Kaimon-dake, in the southern island of Kyushu (924 m)Fuji-san, Japan's Spiritual Home

                                                                                                                                                               They have tasty Yokan called Fuji-san Yokan, a sweet been jelly, at a Japanese-style confectionery by Lake Kawaguchi-ko. Here's a lump of rare INVERTED Fuji-san Yokan!?:) Please help yourself!

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