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Japan's tallest peak, Mount Fuji (3,776 m altitude), is located right about in the middle of Japan, straddling Shizuoka and Yamanashi prefectures.
It's said that this active volcano repeatedly erupted and accumulated lava to arrive at this current shape approximately 10,000 years ago. This composite volcano is beautiful from every angle, and has had emotional significance to the Japanese throughout centuries. In the Middle Ages, it served as a place for monks to undergo training; in the Edo period (1603-1867), it bustled as a mountain where the common people made pilgrimages. Today, it's a popular mountain visited by approximately 300,000 climbers yearly.
Shapes with a broad base like Mount Fuji are called "suehirogari," literally meaning, "broadened at the edges." This is considered an auspicious shape to indicate that good fortune will continue to the future. For this reason, Mount Fuji is an icon of prosperity.