Can you believe it’s already July? Time flies, doesn’t it? The half of 2023 is now behind us, and it’s got my head spinning! I hope you’re doing well and enjoying the summer season.
July 1st marks the beginning of climbing season of Mount Fuji every year. It opens its trails to general public. In Japanese, it is known as 山開き, Yama (mountain) Biraki (open). The mountain remains open for general public until the end of August.
You’ve probably seen stunning pictures of Mount Fuji, but there’s nothing quite like experiencing its legendary allure in person. Have you ever felt that magnetic pull—an urge to embark on an extraordinary adventure? Today, I want to take you away into the mesmerizing world of Mt. Fuji as we celebrate the opening of the climbing season on this exciting day!
Climbing Mt. Fuji has always been on my bucket list, and one day, I stumbled upon Phil Knight’s captivating book, “Shoe Dog.” As the founder of Nike, Knight shares his life-defining experience climbing this magnificent mountain. Let me tell you, his words sparked a fire within me that couldn't be extinguished! I knew I had to turn my own dreams into reality!
I wholeheartedly recommend "Shoe Dog" by Phil Knight. This captivating memoir takes you on an extraordinary journey, unveiling the inspiring story behind the birth of Nike. As Knight's narrative unfolds, you'll witness how his personal journey intertwines with the history of Japan and the creation of Nike. "Shoe Dog" is a captivating read that provides fascinating insights into the cultural backdrop of Japan during that era.
The book came out in 2016, and in 2017, I convinced my initially skeptical family to join me on this grand adventure. Little did we know that our climb would become an epic tale etched in our memories forever. Now, let me be honest with you—during the climbing season, the weather is supposed to be pretty good. But, of course, luck wasn’t on our side. The days we booked the mountain huts at the top, a typhoon decided to make its presence known nearby!
Undeterred by rain-soaked clothes and bone-chilling cold, we pressed on with unwavering determination. Okay, let’s be real—I'll admit there were moments when I was half-crying and cursing under my breath for a good portion of the climb! But those challenging conditions, though tough, became the catalyst for unforgettable family bonding and a newfound sense of resilience.
Now, here’s what makes Mt. Fuji truly extraordinary: It attracts a colorful mix of climbers from all corners of the globe. As we ascended the trail, we met kindred spirits with a shared love for exploration. Conversations flowed effortlessly, laughter filled the air, and stories were shared, forming connections that transcended borders.
This majestic peak holds a special place in Japanese culture, and it beckons everyone fascinated by the beauty of Japan to experience its grandeur. It doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned outdoor enthusiast or simply captivated by the customs and traditions that make Japan so captivating—climbing Mt. Fuji offers a chance to immerse yourself in the vibrant spirit of the country.
So, my fellow adventurers, I encourage you to seize this moment of opportunity and embark on an extraordinary journey of discovery. Let the sheer magnificence of Mt. Fuji inspire us to push our limits, embrace the unknown, and create memories that will warm our hearts for a lifetime. Together, let's embrace the spirit of adventure and conquer this iconic peak.
Wishing you endless inspiration and boundless possibilities!