Bill and Sue-On Hillman:
A 50-Year Musical Odyssey
HILLMAN ASIA ADVENTURE 2018
JAPAN DAY FOUR
20: MOUNT FUJI
Mount Fuji, located
on Honshu Island, is the highest mountain in Japan at 3,776.24 m, 2nd-highest
peak of an island (volcanic) in Asia, and 7th-highest peak of an island
in the world. It is an active stratovolcano that last erupted in 1707–1708.
Mount Fuji lies about 100 kilometers south-west of Tokyo, and can be seen
from there on a clear day. Mount Fuji's exceptionally symmetrical cone,
which is snow-capped for about 5 months a year, is a well-known symbol
of Japan and it is frequently depicted in art and photographs, as well
as visited by sightseers and climbers.
Mount Fuji is one of Japan's
"Three Holy Mountains" along with Mount Tate and Mount Haku. It is also
a Special Place of Scenic Beauty and one of Japan's Historic Sites. It
was added to the World Heritage List as a Cultural Site on June 22, 2013.
According to UNESCO, Mount Fuji
has "inspired artists and poets and been the object of pilgrimage for centuries".
UNESCO recognizes 25 sites of cultural interest within the Mt. Fuji locality.
These 25 locations include the mountain and the shrine, Fujisan Hong Sengen
Taisha, as well as the Taisekiji Head Temple founded in 1290, later immortalized
by Japanese ukiyo-e artist Hokusai.
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