Mountain spirit

  Mountains are a vital part of Japan’s identity.  They are also a fundamental part of the country’s spiritual heritage.  Mountain worship is widespread across East Asia, and recognition of their sacred qualities has long been part of Chinese and … Continue reading

Fuji problems

  Mt Fuji is the country’s most famous goshintai (spirit body).  Yet as a sacred mountain, its popularity is troublesome in terms of pressure on the environment.  Its recent elevation to World Heritage status looks likely to exacerbate the situation, … Continue reading

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