Four Seasons of Mt. Fuji
Japan’s highest peak, Mt. Fuji lies approximately in the center of Japan. Standing in splendid isolation from summit to foot, it presents a vision of well-proportioned beauty even from afar. Fuji also rewards the viewer with diverse vistas depending on the time of day, season, and weather conditions. Reaching its present size following countless millennia of volcanic activity, achieving such growth independently makes Fuji unusual for a peak of its height. Not only the geographical heart of Japan; as a symbol of all things beautiful and sacred, it has occupied a special place in Japanese hearts since time immemorial, for many becoming an object of worship. For over a thousand years, it has appeared in paintings, woodblock prints, poems, songs, and novels, influencing overseas artists as well, including the painters Monet and Van Gogh, and the composer Debussy. A belief in Fuji as a divine dwelling place prompted many mountain worhsippers to make the ascent in the Edo period. Today over 200,000 recreational climbers tackle its slopes each year in summer alone, their numbers growing annually.
This book presents a varied collection of around sixty compelling images of Mt. Fuji, captured from almost every imaginable angle over many years in different seasons and locations by two of the most prominent photographers of the mountain.
At the back are also included five maps covering practical information such as road access to the mountain, climbing routes, the best viewing spots, best places for photography, and nearby sightseeing destinations.