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Do you have your own Fuji-san that you are looking for?

Dear reader, even if you have seen Mount Fuji in the photos, on TV a million times, it is still just an image through the eyes of others. So if you have the chance, please come and see Mount Fuji for yourself because no one has the same experience.

Truc Le

Truc Le

Published on 10 Mar, 12:00

At the mention of Fuji-san or Mount Fuji, many will immediately think of Japan. Or the other way around, when one mentions Japan, many people will immediately think of Mount Fuji. Information and images of Mount Fuji are plentiful on the internet, books, TV, and even on the covers of notebooks (if you belong to the Vietnamese generation born in the early 1990s, you will be familiar with the image on covers of the famous Vietnamese Bút Cầu notebooks).

That was why I was a little hesitant and a bit reluctant to see Mount Fuji with my own eyes. After all, I could see plenty of images of Mount Fuji floating around the internet on any given day.

But no, I was TOTALLY MISTAKEN. The moment I first saw Mount Fuji with my own eyes, I finally understood. It is no coincidence that Mount Fuji has become the symbol of Japan.

Fuji-san on the cover of a famous Vietnamese Bút Cầu notebook =))
Fuji-san on the cover of a famous Vietnamese Bút Cầu notebook =))

In March of that year, my friends invited me to go on a trip to Yamanashi. After eating Houtou noodles and drinking specialty wine, we just needed to go to Lake Kawaguchi to see Mount Fuji and finish the journey. But I hesitated. So my close friends gathered around, pushed me inside the car, and dragged me to go there to take pictures with the entire group.

In the car, I absentmindedly gazed at each line of trees passing by. Japan has beautiful scenery everywhere, from a mountain road to a random corner of the forest. It was all picturesque.

Then, Mount Fuji came into my view. My friends gazed in awe and cheered. I was wonder-struck as well and kept blinking my eyes. Towering, majestic, breathtaking, a series of adjectives flashed through my mind. There was no single photo or painting that I had ever seen that could fully capture the beauty of this mountain at that moment.

Mount Fuji stood there alone, majestic, steady. Fuji-san. Fuji-san.

While somewhere out there, some people were claiming the rhetoric that man is conquering and mastering nature, I did not care about those things. Standing in front of Mount Fuji, I was willing to yield to nature. I was willing to be just a tiny human being bowing his head before nature.

Some people were willing to travel long distances, cross forests and wade through streams, just to stand at the foot of Mount Fuji for once. Now I understood.
Mount Fuji stood there alone, majestic, steady
Mount Fuji stood there alone, majestic, steady

My Fuji-san
My Fuji-san

Dazai Osamu - a famous writer of the post-World War II period in Japan - has a work called "One hundred views of Mount Fuji". He wrote:

I had to lean on Mount Fuji... With that in mind, I looked up at the mountain, standing upright in the cold like a big boss with his hands in his dot era pocket with a proud posture, as if he ruled this world. When leaning on the mountain, I felt much more secure and at ease.

I didn't know if I wanted to lean on the mountain like Dazai Osamu, but indeed, looking at Mount Fuji, I suddenly felt secure and relieved.

During those days in March of that year, I was considering the decision to return or stay, take the new but difficult path or choose the other way that everyone said would be easier. When I saw Mount Fuji, I was finally able to make a decision.

I believe that deep in his or her heart, everyone has their own Fuji-san. It could be a dream, a person, a relationship... A Fuji-san that I have always admired, who was willing to travel a very long distance, just to come and have a look.

Dear reader, even if you have seen Mount Fuji in the photos, on TV a million times, it is still just an image through the eyes of others. So if you have the chance, please come and see Mount Fuji for yourself because no one has the same experience.

I hope you can find your own Fuji-san.

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Truc Le

Truc Le

I love travelling and eating. I am excited to learn new things and challenge myself to new tasks.

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