Guesthouse TOKIWA 1月3日 january 3rd.
Mount Fuji is not only the highest mountain in Japan, but is also beautiful in its quietude. Indeed, its magnificent form is unparalleled anywhere in the world. Since ancient times, Japanese have revered this sacred mountain, which wordlessly teaches us many things, cultivating pure and noble hearts. To the Japanese, Fuji’s appearance is truly ideal. Encompassing the power of both heaven and earth, its beautiful purity of form symbolizes the spirit of peace-loving Japanese. This sacred mountain warmly welcomes all who visit. Regardless of nationality, no one is not moved by the sacredness of this mountain. Whoever gazes upon this holy peak senses something greater than humankind, and no one fails to be struck by its magnificence. Indeed, Fuji is not merely a mountain, but is a sublime being that exceeds human comprehension. Is it not truly a god? Long ago, the poets of the Manyoshu (a poetry anthology compiled in the eighth century) called Fuji a god, and during the many centuries between then and today, Japanese have worshipped this manifestation of the divine, a source of both strength and salvation. The main deity worshipped at Fujisan Hongu Sengen shrine is the exquisitely named “Konohana-no-sakuyahime-no-mikoto.” Kind and tender-hearted, she is revered as a model for Japanese women. Our hearts pure and kind, we should forever live in harmony with sacred Fuji, and with a spirit as steadfast as this mountain, advance along the path of righteousness. To fulfill this wish, we should purify ourselves body and soul and pray before the great god of Fuji.