JDF JapanDefenseFocus No.51

~Scenery of Japan~ Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji, an active volcano nestled between Shizuoka and Yamanashi Prefectures on Honshu Island, is Japan’s most prominent and tallest mountain at 3,776 meters (12,389 feet). A quintessential symbol of Japan, its graceful peak has been the source of inspiration for Japanese artwork since ancient times.

In Japan, where both a mountain’s natural beauty and wild ferocity are celebrated simultaneously, this volcano is revered as a holy symbol and is also known as the “Sacred Mount Fuji” to the Japanese people. Ascending to the top of the mountain’s summit can only be accomplished during the summer months from early July through the first week of September.

In 2013, as a “Sacred place and source of artistic inspiration,” it was registered as a world cultural heritage.

The GSDF also hosts the annual Fuji Firepower, Exercise demonstration at the East Fuji Training Area beneath the backdrop of this majestic mountain. Open to the public since 1966, military members from U.S. Forces Japan and surrounding bases are also invited to witness and review an impressive display of a variety of GSDF weaponry and tactics.

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