Why is Mount Fuji Important?

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Why is Mount Fuji Important?

Mount Fuji is considered as a sacred mountain by the Japanese. It has the height of 12,388 feet which is the highest peak in Japan. It is unique in appearing as a symmetrical cone shaped mountain. The Japanese name given to it is Fuji-san. The images and photographs of this mountain are sold all over the world to represent it as symbol of Japan. Mount Fuji is shown to the public in various countries as the mountain that is covered with snow in the form of a cone. Mount Fuji is famous to symbolize the strength of Japan through the images constructed by Katsushika Hokusai. Hokusai lived during 1760-1849 and was a talented Japanese artist in the Edo period.

Mount Fuji in Japan is known for its artistic splendor and spiritual significance. The natural beauty of Mt Fuji is described by poets like Tanka and Haiku. The Mount Fuji crater is covered by 8 peaks. There is a highest peak on this mountain named as Kengamine. This place is known as the highest point in the entire Japan. The circumference of Mt. Fuji is 78 miles and its diameter is 25 to 30 miles.

There is a forest at the base of the mountain named as Aokigahara. Many folk stories say that demons and ghosts reside in that forest. This forest is considered as second suicide location, the first being the Golden Gate Bridge at San Francisco. In 663 AD a monk climbed the mountain for the first time. This mountain was not allowed to be used for climbing by women until Meiji era.

Mount Fuji is geographically situated at the junction of three geological plates called Amurian plate, Okhotsk place, and Philippine Sea plate. These earth crust plates are contributed by the western Japan, eastern Japan and Izu Peninsula respectively. Mt. Fuji is special in changing its view in every seasonal change. This variation in various seasons is probably the greatest attraction.

Author: Hari M

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