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"Japan's one hundred best mountains" represents mountains in Japan

2015.04.21

"Japan's one hundred best mountains" is the most famous essay about mountains authored by Kyuya FUKADA.
The essay is a collection of descriptions of those many mountains of Japan that the author visited himself, in which he combined the "dignity, history, specific character" of each mountain while selecting for his essay only the mountains that were at least 1,500 m high and carefully choosing the material for the essay.

He used the following criteria for the selection [of the mountains] for his essay.
- "The dignity of a mountain" - Just as someone has their own character, a mountain appears to have its own "character of the mountain" and there are mountains that would cause admiration in anyone who would look at them, so he chose this as his first criterion.
- "the history of a mountain" - He respected the history of the mountains that had close relationships with people already from ancient times so that there would be a small shrine on the top of the mountain where people came to worship, so he made this his second criterion [for choosing mountains for his essay].
- "the specific character of a mountain" - His third criterion consisted of approaching a mountain as a piece of art, which would have some specific form, some specific phenomena pertaining to it or some specific tradition related to it, so that taken together they would form a clear individual quality of the piece.

And the absolute requirement was that "Fukuda himself climbed this mountain," because ever since his youth and for the following 50 years he has climbed a great number of mountains and many of them he knew quite well and was confident about this.

However Kyuya Fukada didn't select mountains from all 47 prefectures. 16 prefectures centered on western japan don't have 100 famous mountains. He described his feeling for selecting mountains scraping through. He said " It's as hard as a examiner fail students who he loves."

Reference:
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In Japan, people have felt attractive to Japanese mountain which they haven't known through this book, "The boom of 100 Famous Japanese Mountains" has broken out and it's still continued.
Using this book as a bible for mountain climbers, you can seek your favorite Japanese mouton.

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