In celebration of this registration, we make a feature of Mt. Fuji in “JAPAN ATTRACTIONS.”
Mt. Fuji and Japanese
For the registration of the World Cultural Heritage, it was judged that Mt. Fuji greatly affected Japanese faith and art.
“Fuji Belief”, began around the 17th century, is the custom of worship Mt. Fuji as God.
It became popular in Kanto around current Tokyo, and the group “Fujiko” which believes in it appeared in various places.
Fujiko performed frequently the event to give prayer to Mount Fuji, and climbed Mount Fuji.
Moreover, Fujiko set up hills called “Fujizuka” for deifying God of Mt. Fuji, made with a soil and stone.
Even if people didn’t go to Mount Fuji by going to Fujizuka near their house, they was able to consider it like having done a pilgrimage to Mt.Fuji.
Fujizuka remains in Shinagawa, Sendagaya, and Meguro, etc. even now in the 21st century.
Now in modern society, people’s faith faded, and Fujiko is seldom seen.
However, it could be said all the Japanese, even now, have the feeling of praising Mt. Fuji.
Mt. Fuji and Art
Mt. Fuji has been a motif of Japanese art for many years.
Mt. Fuji and Fine Art
“The Great Wave off Kanagawa (Kanagawa-oki nami-ura)” made by Katsushika Hokusai, one of the most famous Japanese, is well-known as fine arts of Mt. Fuji.
In addition to the ukiyoe due to Utagawa Hiroshige, there are a number of picture that became an important cultural asset.
▲“The Fuji Mandala Zu”
By Kanō Motonobu（tradition）
▲“The Great Wave off Kanagawa
By Katsushika Hokusai
If you have a ¥1,000 bill, please look at the back side.
You can see Mt. Fuji reflected in upside down on the surface of the lake.
This says “Sakasa-Fuji” and is the motif which is used a lot for a picture of Mt. Fuji.
Mt. Fuji and Literature
Many poems of Mt. Fuji are stored in “Man’yōshū” (“Collection of Ten Thousand Leaves”), the oldest existing collection of Japanese poetry, edited between the late 8th century from the late 7th century.
Mt. Fuji has been the subject to a lot of old Japanese poem “waka”, haiku of the 17th century, and modern literature.
Mt. Fuji and Music
There is no Japanese who does not know the song “Fuji No Yama” sung in school etc.
Fuji No Yama / Sapporo Kitano Boy-and-Girl Choir
In Shiuzuoka Prefecture with Mt. Fuji, it is the music currently loved, so that it is used for the auxiliary note of a signal.