8. Mt Fuji from Tagonoura

"Blue-gray Fuji, salted with snow, long angle of repose to my left . . . I never seem to look upon the same mountain twice. You change as much as I myself, yet you remain what you are."

- from 24 Views



- 山辺赤人

Tago no Ura ni
Uchi idete mireba
Shirotae no

Fuji no takane ni
Yuki wa furi tsutsu

- Yamabe no Akahito (700-736)

When I take the path
To Tago's coast, I see
Perfect whiteness laid

On Mount Fuji's lofty peak
By the drift of falling snow.

- trans. after MacCauley

The poem and translation are taken from the University of Virginia's e-text presentation of the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu.

Tago beach, along the Tokaido Road, is noted for its view of the mountain. While villagers fish in the bay, others gather salt on the beach.