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?”