Year 2006
- April 3, 2006 Mt. Fuji

Year 2005
- December 15, 2005 Mt. Fuji

Year 2004
- January-June, 2004 Mt. Fuji

Year 2003
- October 7th-9th, 2003 Mt. Fuji with the first snow accumulation in 2003

Year 2002
- December 29, 2002 Mt. Fuji in the morning
- November 1, 2002 Mt. Fuji after passage of a cold front
- October 29, 2002 Mt. Fuji after passage of a low pressure
- March 30, 2002 Mt. Fuji with cherry blossoms

Year 2001
- September 11, 2001 Mt. Fuji in the evening
- December 31, 2001 Mt. Fuji on the last day of the year 2001
- December 16, 2001 Mt. Fuji used for the electronic New Year card.
- April 11, 2001 Mt. Fuji, thawing now
- April 5, 2001 White Mt. Fuji with Cherry Blossoms in Full bloom
- January 8, 2001 White Mt. Fuji
- January 3, 2001 Mt. Fuji and Kano River

Medley of Mt. Fuji (Fuji-san)

The famous Mt. Fuji which is 3,776 meters (12,389 feet) high is the highest mountain in Japan. It is a symbol of Japan with striking beauty of the perfect conical shape and wide-flowing skirts.

Mt. Fuji (Fuji-san) ---Mt. Fuji is the highest peak in Japan, measuring 3,776 meters or 12,389 feet in height. It's a dormant volcano (recently changed to active volcano), documented to have erupted last in the 18th century. Well known abroad as a symbol of Japan, Mt. Fuji is an almost perfect conical volcano. It was an object of nature worship in the olden days. A popular saying goes, "It's foolish not to climb Mt. Fuji once and it's also foolish to climb it twice."

At the summit of the dormant volcano, there is a crater. The crater is 800 m (2,400 feet) across and 200 m (600 feet) deep. Many artists and photographers have been doing to depict Mt. Fuji in pictures.

Climbing Mt. Fuji (Fuji Tozan) ---Why is it said that it's foolish not to climb Mt. Fuji once and it's also foolish to climb it twice?

Climbing Mt. Fuji is exciting and the view from the summit is amazing. But it is hard to climb Mt. Fuji. Therefore, it is said that people who have not climbed Mt. Fuji are foolish and that people who have climbed it twice or more than twice are also foolish. Of course, anybody can enjoy climbing Mt. Fuji as many times as he or she likes.

Note: HK-san and MK-san climbed Mt. Fuji in 1975. As we have climbed it only once, we may not be foolish (we hope not!!).

Mt. Fuji opens for climbing on July 1st. The best conditions for climbing are usually in July. After mid August, especially in late August, due to sudden weather changes in autumn, you should be cautious for falling rocks and/or strong winds. Every year, many people are killed or injured by the specific weather conditions on Mt. Fuji. Please be careful when climbing Mt. Fuji.

Eruption of Mt. Fuji ---The first recorded eruption was in 781, and the last one was in 1707. Between 781 and 1707, there were 16 eruptions. There still is the possibility of an eruption. However, there is no exact prediction about the dates/ years when the next eruption occurs. Excellent observation systems are monitoring volcanic activities of Mt. Fuji and they will make it possible to issue warnings when the systems detect something. We hope they work well!

Special notes for oversea guests:What is "-san" in Japanese?

  • san 1: SMa-san, HK-san and MK-san in this page.

The "san" is an honorific in Japan to be used for everybody instead of Mr., Miss and Mrs. Ex. Mr. Smith is called Smith-san, Mrs. West also West-san. But "san" is often used for friendlier and easier honorific than formal honorific terms in Japan. Of course, we have many formal honorific terms in Japan. The expression of HK-san/MK-sanis informal, because we put a suffix "-san" to ourselves. We used "-san" for ourselves in order to explain ourselves more friendly, easier, and a little humorous.

  • san 2: Fuji-san in this page.

Mt. Fujiis called Fuji-san in Japanese. The "san" of Mt. Fuji (Fujisan) means a mountain in Japanese.The "san" is pronunciation of Japanese kanji meaning a mountain.