JANUARY 2018

Fujisan, sacred place and source of artistic inspiration

Japan

Known around the world as Mount Fuji, the snow-capped volcano has long inspired artists and poets. While examples of its depiction in Japanese art go back as far as the 11th century, a series of woodblock prints of views created in the 19th century have made Fujisan an internationally recognized icon of Japan and have had a deep impact on the development of Western art. Each year thousands of pilgrims hike the routes on the 3,776 m mountain, visit shrines around its base, and marvel at natural volcanic features such as lava tree moulds, lakes, springs and waterfalls, which are revered as sacred.