"Mount Fuji on Verge of World Heritage Listing"
"An important UNESCO panel has recommended that World Heritage status be granted to Mount Fuji, putting the iconic peak on a direct path to registration.
Japan's tallest mountain is expected to be formally listed in June when the World Heritage Committee meets in Cambodia."
-The Japan Times News, May 01, 2013
Mount Fuji has always been close to my heart. Long time ago, when I was a little girl with pigtails and dusty feet, I would often stare at the vast universe and wonder where in the world exactly Japan and Mount Fuji were. My hometown is scorching in summer, and summer was the time when I would sit under one of our mango trees munching a green mango and daydream of taking a nap on the snow-capped summit of the grand mountain. Whew.
How did I know about Mount Fuji at such a young age? Well, learning about all Asian countries and their cultures was and still is an important part of the Philippine curriculum for primary schools. From our Asian History books, we learned the cultural symbols of Japan such as ikebana, kimono, haiku, sakura, geisha, samurai, cranes, temples, shrines, and of course, the majestic and beautiful Mount Fuji, among other things.
Our Asian history books would often compare Mount Fuji with the Philippines' pride, ***Mount Mayon, because of its beautiful symmetrical cone, similar to Mount Fuji's. This made my young, wild and weird imagination conclude that Fuji and Mayon were actually twin sisters who had an argument and decided to live apart. (My older sisters and I would often fight, and this somehow affected the way I imagined things, but hey...my personal life is a different story. ha ha ha.)
The inclusion of Mount Fuji on the list of World Heritage Sites will be a giant leap for Japan. This will make people from all over the world get interested in Mount Fuji, which means further growth of tourism in this beautiful country.
Indeed, when Mount Fuji is formally approved as a World Heritage Site in June, I will be one of the first people to rejoice.
More information about Mayon Volcano
***Mayon Volcano is the landmark of Albay, a beautiful province in the southeastern part of Luzon Island. Albay province is 12 hours away by bus from Manila.
Like Mount Fuji, Mayon Volcano is a stratovolcano and it is known for its almost perfect cone. It is the most active volcano in the Philippines, and it has erupted 48 times in the past 400 years, according to Wikipedia. Its most destructive eruption occurred on February 1, 1814. It buried Cagsawa, a thriving town where a big church once stood. After the said eruption, only the tower of the church was not buried. The tower is still there today, and it is now called Cagsawa Ruins.
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