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Mt. Fuji in Art

The beauty and scenery of  Mount Fuji holds an iconic place in Japanese art and has been the inspiration for poets, artists and authors for centuries. In modern times also for photographers and climbers.

Man'yoshu, "Collection of Ten Thousand Leaves" compiled around 759 AD is Japan's oldest existing anthology of poetry. In this collection the poet  Yamabe no Akahito praises Mount Fuji as a divine mountain that has existed "..since the parting of heaven and earth"

The Tale of the Bamboo, a folk tale also known as Princess Kaguya from the 10th century is the oldest Japanese narrative. According to legend, it was from this folk tale Mount Fuji got its name as the tale is about immortality, which in Japanese is ¡°fushi¡±

Mount Fuji is mentioned in many other literary classics as Genji monogatari (The Tale of Genji) and Ise monogatari (Tales of Ise) from the Heian period (794-1185), Edo-period (1615-1868) haiku by Basho (1644-1694) and Buson (1716-1784), and the works of early modern writers like Natsume Soseki (1867-1916) and Dazai Osamu (1909-1948)

It is probably most famous artwork of Mount Fuji is Hokusai's (1760-1849) woodblock prints ¡°The Thirty-Six Views of Fuji¡±. The 36 prints  ((Ukiyo-e) shows the mountain from different directions, especially admired is "The Great Wave of Kanagawa" with Mount Fuji in the background.


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