The blog of Tokyo based photographer and photojournalist, Damon Coulter

Where?

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Can you name the mountain in the image above?

Not so difficult is it? Unless you happen to be Japanese it seems…

These cold, clear mornings, we`re having at the moment, mean that I can see Mt Fuji almost everyday. It is easy to spot now with it snow cap shining bright above the lower hills; that flat-topped triangle of snow instantant recognizable, a legend of Haiku poems, paintings and posters; perhaps the most famous mountain in the world; certainly the most famous mountain in Japan; a national obsession of sorts; a source of pride; a object of subtle contemplation; a god as cliche, a pyroclastic demon dormantly waiting.

So why is it whenever you point it out to Japanese people, especially those that have lived within sight of the mountain all their lives, they just stare at the horizon with its shining white Japanese icon towering large over everything else and ask “Where?”

Later

Damon

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3 responses

  1. That’s a powerful picture right there. It’s almost menacing in a way.

    November 23, 2008 at 7:37 pm

  2. Really Paul? Menacing? I love Mt Fuji and fail to see it as anything but beautiful and benign. That impression ends when I`m on the summit, there it is easy to see the violence in a volcano: the top of Fuji looks scarred and raw as if the lava had just cooled and the fires just gone out. But from a distance I can`t see the menace. Yet as I look again at the pic I get a little of what you mean, I think. The explosive character is implicit perhaps; the potential barely hidden under the snow. Still love this mountain though.
    Thanks for the compliment.
    Damon

    November 23, 2008 at 10:15 pm

  3. Tomo

    What a crystal clear day! nice pic. I have never climbed mt. Fuji. I have to do when I come back to Japan.

    Tomo

    December 10, 2008 at 8:58 pm

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