Sunday, July 28, 2013

From the Top of Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji
Summer is the travel time. A PostCrosser friend traveling to Japan sent me this postcard of Mount Fuji. Located on Honshu Island, Mount Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan at 3,776.24 m or 12,388 ft and an active stratovolcano that last erupted on December 16, 1707. It can be seen as far as Tokyo from 100 km away on a clear day.

What was special about this postcard? It was actually mailed from the seasonal FujiSan-Cho Post Office on top of the Mount Fuji. The post office opens 6:00 am to 2:00 pm from July 10 to August 20 every year since 1906.  
Mount Fuji was added to the UNESCO's World Heritage Site on June 22nd, 2013. Notably, the mountain was selected as a “cultural” heritage site rather than a “natural” heritage site. As noted in the declaration, Mount Fuji has “inspired artists and poets and been the object of pilgrimage for centuries”. 

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