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Mount Fuji (Fujisan) at 3776 meters is Japan

At sunrise we push onward above the ninth station toward the summit as layers of cloud fill the tea-leaved valley floor while a ball of sun slowly peeks over the Pacific rim illuminating bright red Buddhist torii until we reach the very top of volcanic Fuji-san and listen to chanting monks all the while staring intently at our mountain’s pyramidic shadow moving quickly across wooden-templed Honshu Island.