Friday, July 9, 2010

Aiming High


On a rare clear day, this is what I could see from my front balcony. The clay tile roof is the local branch of a bank. As Mr. Eguchi said (ch. 37): "Feet on the ground, head in the clouds. That is the way to be."

I vowed to climb to the summit of Mt. Fuji (12,388 ft.) before I left Japan. Thus begins the saga of my ascent.

3 comments:

Reckless said...

That is such an accurate photo of Japan. It includes all that some might edit out to preserve the persistent myth: the power lines, the rooftops, the clutter of crowding, and behind it all the enduring presence of the world and its ability to center us with its spectacular geographic features.

Sara Backer said...

Well put! The postcards of Mt. Fuji always show you the best views, rare sightings taken from remote or difficult-to-access spots, instead of the actual view in daily life. Come to think of it, that applies to AMERICAN FUJI, too. The novel may not present the Japan people want to see, but it shows both the greed of power lines and the grace of the mountain.

SapphireSavvy said...

I agree with Reckless; what a great, real photo!