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Today Is Mountain Day in Japan

Today Is Mountain Day in Japan

Japan decided to create a new public holiday in order to remind Japanese citizens not to work themselves to exhaustion. They came up with Mountain Day. Everyone is supposed to head to the hills and enjoy nature. Today, August 11, 2017 is just the second time Japanese Mountain Day has been celebrated.

In honor of the occasion, I offer a sample gallery of the great artistic nature renderings by Japanese printmaker Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) — who was, by the way, obsessed with Mount Fuji.

All images are courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Enjoy Nature Today



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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She writes fiction about an alpha Bichon named Chester, and his friends–with a dash of humor and a dab of poli-sci. JoAnn worked professionally in the Psychology and Information Science fields. Retired now, she enjoys the creative life.


  1. Allyson

    Mountain Day sounds like a great idea. And I love Hokusai 🙂

    • JoAnn Chateau

      It’s all beautiful, Allyson. Have a great weekend!

    • JoAnn Chateau

      They are beautiful!

  2. Animalista Untamed

    Thank you. Love Japanese art in all its forms, and Hokusai’s pictures truly deserve their fame. Mountain Day is a wonderful idea. We could do with something on these lines here in the UK to help people reconnect with nature.

    • JoAnn Chateau

      Yes, connecting with nature is a top-line life enhancer. Glad you enjoyed the post.

  3. Robert A. Vella

    I attended a Japanese Buddhist festival in Portland, Oregon last weekend. It was wonderful. The traditional kimono and hakama (?) attire were beautiful, and the circular line-dancing was quite enjoyable (everyone could join in). The mood was happy and very peaceful. Aside from the excellent yakisoba noodles, the food – however – was a little disappointing for me. I was hoping for great sushi, sashimi, udon, teriyaki, etc., but they only had spam sushi and improperly cooked squid instead. The spam made me realize that their cultural background was actually Japanese-Hawaiian.

    • JoAnn Chateau

      I’m also attracted to most things Japanese, particularly gardens. The festival sounds like it was great fun.

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