Fuji-san (as the Japanese reverently refer to their iconic highest mountain) is like a little child – it demands attention:  I am here, I want you to look at me, pay attention to me, to my moods, to my cloud hat, to the sun’s rays as they caress my cake-frosting top, to the wind as it whips around my almost perfect cone.  It is easy to see why the famous 19th century Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai created a wood-block series entitled “36 views of Mt. Fuji”.  Since his time, Fuji-san has surely been the most depicted mountain in the world.

Although this was my fifth trip to Japan, it was the first time that I saw Mt. Fuji this clearly in the early morning without a wisp of a cloud, then with a little cloud hat forming on to the afternoon, when a cloud cover moved in and engulfede all 3,776.24 m (12,389 ft) completely.

After the devastating earthquake of March 11, it is reassuring to take a look at this webcam and see Fuji-san in its regal and serene splendor.

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  1. Dear and gererous and-oh so zen- ZenAida, I hope you’re all right. As you have been posting messages about Japan I suppose you’re there, and I wish you the best, to you and to all those who are enduring those hard times there.

  2. Hi Zenaida,

    Glad to see that you are no where near Sendai! I am horrified and deeply saddend to see what is happening there!

    I enjoyed your article on the Adachi Museum as I have always admired pictures of it in the ‘Journal of Japanese Gardening‘ .

    Thank you for your excellent pictures of Mount Fuji ! I have seen it many times from Shinkansen on my way from Kyoto or Nagoya to Tokyo. Seeing it for myself across Sago Bay or reflected in Kawaguchi Lake are among memories which will never fade from view.

    Take care of yourself. Love from Anne

  3. This posting feels bizarre. The whole world is looking at Japan, worrying about friends and relatives who might have been hit by earthquakes or tsunami waves. Nuclear power plants are exploding. Aparently you’re doing fine. But could you add a few remarks that makes it more understandable how this all is not affecting you at all?

    You are our eyewitness in the country that fills international newspapers’ headlines. Can you let us know, how you are experiencing what’s going on?

  4. Querida Zenaida, Como bien dice mi hermana Claudia, estamos pendientes de saber si te encuentras BIEN !!!! Por favor envíanos un mensajito. Besos, Juan A.

  5. Yes, yes, I am well and back in Berlin. All my friends in Japan are fine, too. In Tokyo, a friend living on the 6th floor only experienced a painting falling off the wall.

  6. That is actually the point of this posting – I want to show that life goes on calmly and normally in most of the country. Of course, I am just as much shaken as everyone else by the images we are getting on TV, but the Japanese themselves are stoically carrying on with their lives. Check out http://livejapan.org/ for live webcams from all parts of Japan.

  7. Your pictures of Fuji-san are lovely, and it’s nice to see this Japanese icon in all its serene and stately glory following the mayhem that has befallen Japan. I lived in Tokyo for four years a while back and loved its proximity to Fuji. It is a true constant for the nation. I remember history-minded locals telling me how Fuji stood as a beacon of hope when the great Tokyo quake of 1923 resulted in raging fires that destroyed much of the city. And so it is once again.

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