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Mount Fuji , a Mountain So Beloved

Magazine

ReleaseAugust 10, 2019

For many Japanese, the image of Mount Fuji, whether glanced from the shinkansen or airplane, or seen on an ukiyo-e painting, or a mural in a public sento bathhouse, tickles the heart and “just” makes them feel good. Also considered sacred, this mountain has been the object of nature worship from ancient days. We introduce you now to a variety of information on Mount Fuji.

Mount FujiMt. Fuji and Shinkansen


Mount FujiMt. Fuji at the public bath


First, the Facts

Mount Fuji is an active volcano that last erupted in 1707. Famous for its almost perfect conical shape, it straddles the border between Shizuoka and Yamanashi prefectures. Its altitude, at 3,776 meters, makes it the highest mountain in Japan. In 2013, it was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Mount FujiMt.Fuji


Local Versions of Mount Fuji

Mountains throughout Japan that bear a resemblance to the iconic shape are dubbed affectionately with “Fuji” nicknames. Here are a few:

Nickname Formal name Location

Ezo-Fuji Mount Yotei Hokkaido
Oshima-Fuji Komaga-take Hokkaido
Tsugaru-Fuji Mount Iwaki Aomori Prefecture
Nikko-Fuji/Shimotsuke-Fuji Mount Nantai Tochigi Prefecture
Haruna-Fuji Mount Haruna Gunma Prefecture
Suwa-Fuji Mount Tateshina Nagano Prefecture
Sanuki-Fuji Mount Iino Kagawa Prefecture
Bungo-Fuji Mount Yufu-dake Oita Prefecture
Satsuma-Fuji Mount Kaimon-dake Kagoshima Prefecture

Ezo-Fuji (Mount Yotei, Hokkaido)Ezo-Fuji (Mount Yotei, Hokkaido)


Satsuma-Fuji (Mount Kaimon-dake, Kagoshima Prefecture)Satsuma-Fuji (Mount Kaimon-dake, Kagoshima Prefecture)


A Many Splendored Beauty

Where you are, your angle of vision, the season, and time of day are elements that vary the beauty of Mount Fuji, adding all the more to its allure.

Aka-Fuji (Red Fuji)

On summer mornings, the tint of the bare soil intensifies the glow of the rising sun to depict an “Aka-Fuji.” The most famous Aka-Fuji may be the one represented in the woodblock print, “Fine Wind, Clear Morning,” by the famous artist Katsushika Hokusai.

Aka-Fuji (Red Fuji)Aka-Fuji (Red Fuji)


Diamond Fuji

Depending on your vantage point, the sun, as it rises or sets, will sparkle like a diamond perched upon Mount Fuji’s peak.

Diamond FujiDiamond Fuji


Fuji-zuka

Climbing Mount Fuji is said to bring good luck, but the demands of time and stamina make it not that easy. To address that, local manmade hills, replicas called “Fuji-zuka,” were created. It is believed that offering a prayer on this mini-sized mountain is equivalent to the amount of good fortune you would receive by scaling Mount Fuji. A number of Fuji-zuka exist throughout the nation as well as in Tokyo. How about a casual hike on one of them, taking in some good fortune in the process?

Name Location (Tokyo)

Otowa-Fuji Gokoku-ji Temple (Bunkyo-ku)
Shinagawa-Fuji Shinagawa-jinja Shrine (Shinagawa-ku)
Sendagaya-Fuji Hatonomori Hachiman-jinja Shrine (Shibuya-ku)
Naruko-Fuji Naruko Tenjinja Shrine (Shinjuku-ku)
Fuji-zuka Funabori Hie Shrine (Edogawa-ku)


Fuji-zuka at Hatonomori Hachiman-jinja ShrineFuji-zuka at Hatonomori Hachiman-jinja Shrine


Mount Fuji Motifs

In Japan, Fuji-themed items are believed to generate good luck. Not to mention, they make great souvenirs!

Kutani-ware chopstick rest, small bowl, and small plate

               
KUTANI SEALKUTANI SEAL

KUTANI SEAL chopstick rest (left) 756 yen
Chopstick rest with a Mount Fuji motif by KUTANI SEAL, a Kutani-ware maker in Ishikawa Prefecture.

KUTANI SEAL small chrysanthemum-shaped bowl (center) 1,728 yen
Small plate with a Mount Fuji motif by KUTANI SEAL, a Kutani-ware maker in Ishikawa Prefecture. Also recommended to be used as an accessory tray.

KUTANI SEAL small square plate (right) 1,728 yen
Plate with a Mount Fuji motif by KUTANI SEAL, a Kutani-ware maker in Ishikawa Prefecture. Ideal for side dishes, condiments, or desserts.
Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten
https://www.nakagawa-masashichi.jp/staffblog/storelist/?mode=brand

Pure tin sake cup

A shot cup in the shape of Mount Fuji, to toast the venerable mountain with. Tin, long used in producing sake and tea utensils, is believed to remove impurities and provide a smooth taste.

FUJIYAMAFUJIYAMA


FUJIYAMA 4,968 yenFUJIYAMA 4,968 yen
Nousaku
https://www.nousaku.co.jp


Erase your way to Mount Fuji

Create your very own Mount Fuji as you rub this eraser.

AIR-IN Mount Fuji eraserAIR-IN Mount Fuji eraser 216 yen


AIR-IN Mount Fuji eraser<br /><noscript><img src=AIR-IN Mount Fuji eraser
PLUS
https://bungu.plus.co.jp/

Mt. Fuji Eco- friendly Bag

A two-way eco-friendly reusable bag that can be used as a tote bag or a backpack. Although it is a compactly packable item, it has plenty of space to store. To be released in early August 2019.

CJ.Knaptote Fuji-A 1,944 yenCJ.Knaptote Fuji-A 1,944 yen


CJ.Knaptote Fuji-A 1,944 yenCJ.Knaptote Fuji-A 1,944 yen
ROOTOTE
https://ROOTOTE.jp


Mobile phone accessories

POPSOCKETS, an accessory that prevents dropping a smartphone from the hand, was first launched in the US and has steadily gained popularity. New designs, available only in Japan, have been released. The device is useful in propping the smartphone to watch a video instead of holding it in the hand. Collapsible when not in use.

POPSOCKETS Japan Series- SAI (Mt. Fuji & Wave) 1,296 yenPOPSOCKETS Japan Series- SAI (Mt. Fuji & Wave) 1,296 yen
JUTE
https://popsockets.co.jp


*Prices shown in this article include an 8% consumption tax. Please note that from October 1, 2019 the consumption tax in Japan will be raised to 10%.
*The information herein is as of July 2019.