Japan’s Most Beloved Icon

Majesty, power, and enduring beauty

Majesty, power, and enduring beauty (photo by NNE)

Japan’s most beloved and well-known mountain, Fuji-san, or Fujiyama, is one of Japan’s sanreizan, or Three Holy Mountains. Its peak is considered sacred, and until the Meiji era, women were not permitted to stand there. Its legendary symmetry is iconic, and has been portrayed in Japanese art for centuries. Shogun Minamoto no Yoritomo began the practice of yabusame in Fuji-san’s auspices surroundings.

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