Mount Fuji
The Japanese language is rich in words and expressions influenced by nature, history and culture. This episode introduces words related to Mount Fuji. A UNESCO World Heritage site, this iconic symbol of the beauty and culture of Japan has inspired a number of memorable words and expressions. Join poet, literary translator and long-time Japan resident Peter MacMillan and explore unique words and the culture behind them.
"Diamond Fuji": moments at sunrise or sunset when the sun appears to sit atop Mt. Fuji
"Shugendo": a syncretic religion where worshippers walk for long distances in the mountains
"Ichi Fuji ni Taka san Nasubi": first, Fuji; second, hawks; third, eggplants (Dream omens ranked by luck)
Poet, literary translator and long-time Japan resident Peter MacMillan guides us through unique words from his home in Kyoto Prefecture