~~ Fujiyama ~~
by Frederick Starr
Frederick Starr, a professor of anthropology at the University of Chicago, made several trips to Japan and three ascents of Mt Fuji (1913, 1919 and 1923). In this book he presents an exceptionally detailed and illustrated discussion of Mount Fuji and the physical and social aspects of the mountain. Starr covers the physiography, vegetation, and geology of Mount Fuji. He also delves into the its' relation to Japanese religion, shrines associated with it, art reflecting Mount Fuji and important figures associated with the Mountain. Numerous woodblock prints by Hokusai relating to the Mountain are reproduced in the plates.
Starr was a collector of the ofuda (talisman/good luck charms) which were available in shrines in Japan. Because of this he was known by the Japanese as Dr. Ofuda and he often used that name himself, as in this book. The caption under his name on the title page reads "Ofuda Hakushi." The ofuda are traditional Shinto religions items (parchments and other items) used for protection from evil spirits.
Contents Chapter Page Preface v I The Sacred Mountain 1 II Detailed Description: Physiology - Geography - Geology - Meteorology 10 III Vegetation 23 IV History - Eruptions 30 V The Ascent of Mount Fuji: 1917 38 VI The Ascent of Mount Fuji: 1919 50 VII Ascents 71 VIII Mount Fuji in Art 89 IX Mount Fuji in Poetry 101 X Religion 111 XL Shrines 123 XII Folk-Lore - Popular Fancies and Sayings 131 XIII Yoritomo's Hunt 137 XIV Names Associated with Mount Fuji 141 XV Miscellany Odds and Ends 149 Epilogue 156 Glossary 157
Examples of Plates (black and white halftone):