On a good day, Mt. Fuji summons you for miles as you drive closer to the lakes and the small towns scattered along its base. It is a beacon to the traveler.
It can appear against a bright blue sky or a pale gray one when it’s windy and overcast—which is pretty in its own way. It is a piece of artwork that provides an amazing backdrop.
It can hover in the background and keep watch over a beautiful old settlement of thatched roofs now known as SAIKO Iyashi no sato NENBA—or the Healing Village. Surrounded by verdant greenery you can commune with nature or buy a piece of blown glass or some handmade paper products while the mountain watches. It has been here since before the thatched roofs were ever built, and it plays an integral part in the healing.
The clouds can swirl around its peak and threaten to hide it when you stop for a lunch of thick noodles, and veggies in a thick broth. It is a reminder of how quickly things can change.
But if you’re lucky, you get to see the mountain the entire time you are there, and will feel blessed because of it. It is a reminder that you are in Tokyo, and in the presence of grandeur.
And Mt. Fuji reminds you that it is not just a mountain, but a shy flirt that teases. But sometimes gives you what you want.