Myth & Folklore

Wasn’t Mt. Fuji once the highest in Japan?/富士山はかつて日本一じゃなかった!?

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Mt. Fuji taken from the Tomei highway (Fujikawa S.A.)/東名富士川S.Aからの富士山

Long, long ago, a male Kami, or deity, from Mt. Yatsugatake and a female Kami, or deity, named “Konohana-nosakuyahime” from Mt. Fuji fought each other about who was higher than the other.
Another Kami, or deity, who could not stand watching their fight suggested that a gutter should be set between the two and water should be poured.

On the day of the match, the water ran down Mt. Fuji.
Only then did she realized that Mt. Fuji was lower than Mt. Yatsugatake.

Irate Konohanano-sakuyahime hit the head of Mt. Yatsugatake with its fullest power.
And then Mt. Yatsugatake was split into 8 peaks (see a photo below).

Mt. Yatsugatake taken from the 5th station’s observatory of Mt. Fuji./富士山5合目展望台からの八ヶ岳

Since then, Mt. Fuji has become the highest mountain in Japan.
Its height is 3,776 meters.
On the other hand, Mt. Yatsugatake has ranked the 33rd highest in Japan.
The highest peak of Mt. Yatsugatake is Mt. Aka which is 2,899 meters high.

It’s scary to offend a woman, isn’t it?
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【Translation for language learners of either English or Japanese】/英語・日本語学習者向け翻訳 えいご ・  にほんごがくしゅうしゃむ  ほんやく








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  1. AvatarStella says:

    Wow, a very interesting story. And, I agree, it’s scary to offend women.