Thursday, 16 June 2011

Aka Fuji (Translation of the post on 14th June 2011)


'Aka Fuji Tsushin' (literally means 'red Mt. Fuji News or Report) is well known among Fujifabric fans in Japan as the free booklets were given away to fans at a concert hall or a CD shop, when a new single or an album was released.
Please refer to the website of Fujifabric in Toshiba EMI for more details. There are many interesting articles about band members doing funny activities (go-carting, etc). Fujifabric in Toshiba EMI
Sorry, only Japanese language is available...

By the way, have you ever seen Aka Fuji before?
Quite a few people, including Japanese, believe that Mt. Fuji appearing red reflecting the sunlight at dawn  or at dusk, but in fact, Aka Fuji is a superb view of Mt. Fuji in summer.

Please look at the photo above.
Can you tell the colour of the surface of the mountain turns to be extremely red, when compared to the photo below?
This is so-called 'Aka Fuji' (Red Fuji).


Aka Fuji can be seen only when three types of atmospheric phenomena happen one after another in a short period of time at the time of dawn or dusk. It is such a rare phenomenon.

  1. rain increases redness of the surface of the mountain
  2. rain clouds cleared up on the top of the mountain
  3. the sun shines on the mountain at dawn or dusk

The soil of Mt. Fuji is a plateau of lava, so when it absorbs water, the colour turns more red.
The clouds which made rain on the top of the mountain must be cleared quickly while the surface of the mountain is red, which means the wind has to blow relatively strong.
At Mt. Fuji, clouds appear often as moisture-laden air from the sea hits the mountain forming many types of clouds.  

Rain, wind, sunshine...
Not until then, appears Aka Fuji in front of us.

Even we are lucky enough to be able to see it, it can last only for a short time - it can be less than 5 minutes.
Aka Fuji is believed to bring you a good luck because it is such a rare phenomenon. You are already lucky to see such a beautiful site of Mt. Fuji!

Some of you might know Katsushika Hokusai's famous Ukiyoe print, 'Gai Fuu Kaisei', the print of Red Fuji from his series, Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji.
Katsushika Hokusai

When you come to Yamanashi Prefecture, please visit Yamanashi Prefectural Museum, too. It is only 20 minutes by car from Kawaguchi Lake. There are many beautiful Ukiyoe prints of Mount Fuji by Katsushika Hokusai and Utagawa Hiroshige.

Today's song is 'Akane Iro No Yuhi' (The Madder Red Setting Sun).
Now we all know that the madder red setting sun is an essential element to make Aka Fuji!

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