Thursday, March 18, 2010

There had to be substitutes for the real thing.

The Mount Fuji is an easily recognizable volcano mountain, and its shape is recognized by people in Japan.

The other day I went to a restaurant in Sapporo, the northern capital of Hokkaido, and discovered a wooden engraving of the famous mountain. Even a very simplistic representation of the mountain outline can suggest the rich cultural connotations surrounding the now dormant volcano.

In many places, a mock-up of mount Fuji would be made to worship its image. In the rural town where I was brought up, there was an artificial mount Fuji, on top of which one could find a stone monument. In the old days it was difficult for people to travel, and there had to be substitutes for the real thing.


Anonymous said...

I am currently in East Asia for ten days and am experiencing a completely different world, both externally and internally. Oh how I miss Mount Fuji, and what it used to represent, both externally and internally...

Yuzu said...

I have not recognized that there had to be substitutes for the real thing clearly. It makes me that I want to live more earnestly. It makes me painful a little , but
I want live more specially. Thank you very much,Mr.Mogi.