An Audience with Fuji San
Fuji San chooses.
Not you. Oft hidden idol.
You must watch, wait, pray.
Mount Fuji is more than a mountain. It is a sacred mountain and must be addressed as such. Even the railway station is called Fuji San, a formal and respectful way of addressing this powerful, volcanic icon of Japan.
Legend is that you don’t decide to see Mount Fuji, it decides to show itself to you. For centuries, people have been going on pilgrimages up this mountain, visiting the many shrines that exist along the routes to the 3776 metre summit, the highest in Japan, often to see nothing but cloud.
Too late in the day to do the walk, we decide to swim in each of its five sacred lakes, the Fujigoko, in an attempt to pay respect and hopefully coax it out of the clouds, but our efforts are largely in vain. Although we do manage to catch a brief glimpse whilst in the car between lakes.