Mount Fuji is the tallest mountain in Japan. It lies 60 miles to the south-west of Tokyo and on a clear day it is possible to see the snow capped peak of the mountain from the city. Mount Fuji, with its perfectly symmetrical cone, is one of the sacred symbols of Japan. It is also a religious center and is surrounded by temples and shrines and thousands of people come to the mountain every year to visit and climb this majestic natural wonder. The mountain has inspired great artists and photographers to try to reproduce it’s beauty. The most famous reproductions probably being the “36 Views of Mount Fuji”, by Katsushika Hokusai.
Katsushika Hokusai was born on October 23, 1760 in Edo Japan. He left an enduring legacy of art that still influences the world today in many forms that range from fine arts, fabric patterns, and Manga. His most famous work, "Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji", is a series of landscapes that depicts Mount Fuji from different points of view and in different seasons. From this series "The Great Wave of Kanagawa" is the most widely recognized. "Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji" was created by Hokusai in the 1830's while he was working under the name "Gakyō Rōjin Manji", which translates to "The Old Man Mad About Art". SEE PREVIOUS BLOG POST
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In Japan Mount Fuji is considered sacred and climbing the mountain is considred by some to be a religeous practice. Over 300,000 people climb the mountain every year, most starting from the 5th station and making the trip to the top in about 12 hours round trip. Mount Fuji is sourounded by shrines and temples. There are even shrines at the bottom and the edge of the crater. Remember Mount Fuji is an active volcano, even though it hasn’t erupted since the 1700’s.
The Mount Fuji Necktie and Batwing Bow Tie
The “Mount Fuji” necktie and batwing bow tie from Olaf Olsson has a number of different view of the the mountain, when you wear them you can own a little of that majestic feeling of beauty for yourself. The fabric is a thick textured cotton dobby produced by one of the best fabric mills in Japan. Click here to see the Mount Fuji Necktie and Batwing Bow Tie by Olaf Olsson.