Mount Fuji is arguably the world’s most climbed mountain. It has evolved over a period of 200,000 years. Mount Fuji is popularly known as Fuji-san. The first two Kanji is helpful for pronunciation. The have only symbolic value and no literal importance. The suffix ‘san’ is the kanji character for mountain, often pronounced as ‘yama’ or ‘zan’. This is in sharp contrast to the people with the suffix added to their names.
Mount Fuji eruptions have seen four distinct phases. The first phase can be called the Sen-komitake. This phase consists of an andesite core, which was discovered recently. This phase was followed by Komitake Fuji, which is a basalt layer formed hundreds of thousands years ago. This was followed by Old Fuji. The conical shape that we witness today is New Fuji, which developed nearly 10,000 years ago.
According to popular belief, Mount Fuji eruption consists of two volcanoes. In the year 2004, scientists discovered a third volcano, which they named Sen-Komitake. It is also the oldest volcano amongst the three.
Mount Fuji Eruption
There have been 16 Mount Fuji eruptions since 781 AD. These eruptions range from moderate to moderately large. The largest Mount Fuji eruptions have occurred between 1050 and 930 BC.
Kyu Sakamoto sang on Mount Fuji. A piano was used at the concert. Mount Fuji has served as a symbol for purity. It has not acquired World Heritage Status due to the garbage emanating from the shelters.
Mount Fuji has received elaborate stylization through the Atari logo. The first climb dates back to 700 AD, undertaken by Buddhist monk En-no-Shokaku. Sir Rutherford Alcock became the first foreigner to scale the peak in 1860. In 1868, the 110-year ban that prohibited women from scaling the peak came to an end. English woman Lady Parkes, defied the ban and made it to the summit.
You need special permission and professional climbing equipment to get to the deepest part of the crater. Discussing the possibility of a Mount Fuji eruption was prohibited.
Travel from JR Shinjuku to Fujikyuko by bus and get off as Kawagutiko. From here take the bus to ‘Fuji Gogome’.
The fact that Mount Fuji is a dormant volcano is easily forgotten. Also, in comparison with other volcanoes, it is relatively young. The crater appears to have the potential for another eruption.
In 2000, significant seismic activity was recorded. By November, 222 earthquakes were recorded. The fear among the people vanished when the number of earthquakes reduced to 36 by January 2001.