Let's Learn Hiragana
with Japanese Culture
Fujisan (Mt. Fuji) is Japan's highest mountain. It is 3,776 meters (12,388 feet) high and located almost in the middle of Japan (on the border between Shizuoka Prefecture and Yamanashi Prefecture). Although there has been no volcanic activity since 1701, it is a geologically a dormant volcano (kakkazan).
Mt. Fuji has become symbolic of Japan because of its beauty. Fujisan has a nearly perfect conical profile and a wide flowing skirt. Its beauty is especially eye-catching in winter, when its upper half is covered with snow. Fujisan is one of Japan's three sacred mountains, along with Mt. Hakusan and Tateyama, and has been worshiped since ancient times.
Fujisan has been praised in many traditional Japanese poetic styles, such as tanka and haiku. Many Japanese artists have also been fascinated by it and compelled to try and capture it in their art work. One of the most famous pieces of Fujisan inspired art is probably, Fugaku Sanjuurokkei (Thirty-six views of Mt. Fuji), by the ukiyoe artist, Katsushika Hokusai.
There is an old saying that goes, "Ichi-fuji, ni-taka, san-nasubi." It refers to the three best things to have appear in your first dream of the year. Click this link to learn more about hatsuyume (the first dream of the year).
To help with your hiragana writing practice, click this link to
see how to write the hiragana character
with step-by-step stroke order.
Let's Write it in Kanji!
Previous Lesson Next Lesson
Culture Lesson Archives