spiritual

bare mountain
full of mystery
fuji san

Three different views of Mount Fuji yet all similar. From whatever direction or distance one sees Fuji San the presence and shape remain the same. That is, as long as you can see it. The three scenes are.

  1. Sunset from a temple high on a ridge above the city of Gotemba
  2. Approaching Tokyo on the Shinkansen from Osaka.
  3. From a car on the ropeway above Lake Hakone in the Hakone National park.

When I was younger I dreamed of climbing Mount Fuji however being lucky enough to see the sacred mountain each visit to Japan has been more than enough. Besides climbing is only a dream now. ON my last visit with a school trip My group stayed in the Hakone National park. Two evenings in a row I took them to the temple site for a sunset and both times the cloud hid Fuji. Touring the national park was a rain filled heavy clouded sightless day. Finally on our last morning before travelling to Tokyo I escorted the disappointed viewless students and teachers to a recommended lookout even though the atmosphere was heavy and again cloudy. As we stood there straining eyes with a few false alarms I implored everyone to say a pray to Fuji. A few giggled and then suddenly the clouds parted and for a couple of minutes there stood the mountain rising up before us. Then in seconds it disappeared and rain began falling. I did hope none of my group considered me some kind of holy man calling up Mount Fuji. It was pure luck and unpredictable weather conditions.

This is my contribution to http://Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 343 BARE and Full Visit this link to read many fascinating haiku responses from other poets.

20 thoughts on “spiritual

  1. I had an opportunity to see Mount Fuji once during my trip to Japan. We are on the Shinkansen from Tokyo to Osaka and had a glimpse of the beautiful mountaina s the train passed alongside it. Reading your Haiku brought back beautiful memories.
    Loved it. πŸ™‚

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  2. It most definitely has a mysterious quality. I think maybe it is that classic volcano shape emerging from the mist and clouds. And, weren’t your students lucky in the end.

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  3. Your whole post (haiku, photos, story) gives me a strong feeling of Mount Fuji and why it’s revered. It shows how even a mountain can be elusive as are the moon and cherry blossoms…you may go to look but you may not see.

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