Japan - Fujisan, sacred place and source of artistic inspiration

"The beauty of the solitary, often snow-capped, stratovolcano, known around the world as Mount Fuji, rising above villages and tree-fringed sea and lakes has long inspired artists and poets and been the object of pilgrimages. Its representation in Japanese art goes back to the 11th century but 19th century wood block prints have made Fujisan become an internationally recognized icon of Japan and have had a deep impact on the development of Western art. The inscribed property consists of 25 sites which reflect the essence of Fujisan’s sacred landscape. In the 12th century, Fujisan became the centre of training for ascetic Buddhism, which included Shinto elements. On the upper 1,500-metre tier of the 3,776m mountain, pilgrim routes and crater shrines have been inscribed alongside sites around the base of the mountain including Sengen-jinja shrines, Oshi lodging houses, and natural volcanic features such as lava tree moulds, lakes, springs and waterfalls, which are revered as sacred."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1
Mount Fuji, Japan at 3776m. Postcard printed by Japan Airlines.

Postcard 2
Nice postcard showing Mount Fuji in the background of Tokyo city. Nice tiger stamp. Written on January 26, 2012 and arrived in Penang on February 8, 2012. Thanks to Akiko of Japan - doumo arigatou gozaimashita.

Postcard 3
Mt. Fuji - Snow capped mountain with yellow flower bloom. "Akemashite omedetou 2009" written on the card is the New Year Greeting on January 1. Nice stamps used with Year of Ox issue. Thanks to April16.

Postcard 4
A famous Ukiyoe work of art by Hokusai  Katsushika entitled "The Waves of the Coast of Kanagawa" with Mount Fuji in the center background.

Postcard 5 
Mount Fuji with cherry blossoms. Thanks to Anna of Japan.

Postcard 6
Reflection of Mount Fuji in Lake Kawaguchi with spring cherry blossoms.

Postcard 7
Reflection of Mount Fuji in Lake Yamanaka in autumn.

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