Japan. Mount Fuji as seen from Kashiwabara.

Mount Fuji, Kazumasa Ogawa, Japanese, Photographer, Japan,
Mount Fuji as seen from Kashiwabara, 1897, by Kazumasa Ogawa.


Fuji, often called Fuji-san, Fuji-no-yama and Fusiyama, is the loftiest and most famous mountain in Japan. Its altitude has been variously estimated at from 12,234 to 12,450 feet above the sea. It stands in the centre of a great plain, about fifteen miles from the coast. Its vast bulk dominates the surrounding country, and its snow-clad peak may be seen by the approaching mariner long before the coast line appears above the horizon.

Although now quiescent, Fuji must still be accounted a volcano. History records several violent eruptions, the latest being in 1707. It is quite practicable to make an ascent to the summit between the latter part of July and before the middle of September, but at any other time the peak is inaccessible.

Source: JAPAN. Described and Illustrated by the Japanese. Written by Eminent Japanese Authorities and Scholars. Edited by Captain F Brinkley (1841 – 1912) of Tokyo Japan. With an Essay on Japanese Art by Kakuzo Okakura (1860 – 1929) Director of the Imperial Art School at Tokyo Japan. 1897.

Francis Brinkley (30 December 1841 – 12 October 1912) was a British newspaper proprietor and publisher who served as a foreign adviser to Japan during the Meiji era. He lived in Japan for most of his life and was the author of several books on Japanese culture, art and architecture, as well as an English-Japanese dictionary. He is also known as Frank Brinkley or Captain Francis Brinkley, and was the great-uncle of Cyril Connolly.

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