Start 2015 Beautifully with Fuji-san Items
Fuji-san, known outside Japan as Mt. Fuji or Fujiyama, is the highest mountain in Japan. It is a stratovolcano (a volcano composed of many layers) that stands 12,389 feet above sea level. Japanese people, whose spiritual culture is deeply rooted in nature, view Fuji-san as sacred and have worshipped this beautiful, cone-shaped mountain for centuries. In Japanese culture, it’s said that what you see in your hatsuyume, the first dream of the year, tells your fortune for the year, and the dream that brings you the most luck is one featuring Mt. Fuji.
Since it is a volcano, Fuji-san has a crater on its summit, with its top perpetually covered in snow. This elegant view has inspired many artists both inside and outside the country. Renowned ukiyo-e (woodblock print) artists, Hokusai Katsushika (well known for his series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji) and Hiroshige Utagawa (famous for The Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido) often used Fuji-san as a motif.
Fuji-san was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2013, and since then Japan has experienced a Fuji-san boom, attracting more and more visitors and releasing more Fuji-san-inspired items. Although it’s not easy for those of us living in the U.S. to visit Fuji-san, we can enjoy Fuji-san-related goods. Here,Chopsticks NY introduces some Fuji-san products available in America.
This cleverly designed Fuji-san umbrella will brighten your mood, even on a rainy, gloomy day. Small triangles representing Fuji-san are geometrically arranged to create a huge Fuji-san when the umbrella is opened. The red, round tag attached to the handle symbolizes the Sun.
You can create your own Fuji-san while enjoying beer. The tapered shape of this glass echoes the elegant slope of Fuji-san, and it is carefully designed to create the perfect amount of foam. The result is a beautiful view of snow-capped, golden Fuji-san reflecting the sunlight. The glass holds 9.5 ounces of beer.
Edo Kiriko Glassware
These kiriko (Japanese cut glass) glasses have a Fuji-san pattern replicating Hokusai’s Red Fuji (seeing Fuji-san with a red hue is considered a good omen). The glassware is engraved by hand, and the cuts create a shimmering effect, making them perfect for drinking shochu on celebratory occasions. The glasses come in two colors, red and lapis lazuli.
Fuji on the Rock Ice Maker
Enjoy your own miniature Fuji-san in a glass! This mold creates a Fuji-san-shaped, clear ice cube with opaque, snow-like frosty air bubbles on top. Just fill the mold with water and freeze for 8 to 10 hours, and you’ll have a Fuji-san ice cube.
Tin Sake Cup
A sake cup has the ideal silhouette for replicating Fuji-san’s beautiful cone shape. This tin sake cup is created by Nousaku, a long-established metalwork company of master craftsmen in Toyama Prefecture, and it meticulously reproduces the form of Fuji-san. Flip the cup upside down, and you can appreciate Mt. Fuji.
Uniquely designed, this porcelain grater is not only practical but also cute. You can grate ginger or garlic on the snow-covered mountain top, and the final product naturally falls to the foot of the mountain. With its beautiful sky-blue color, it spices up your table as well.
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DIY Fuji-san Onigiri
1. Cut a piece of nori* into a 3″ x 5″ rectangle and make the edges wavy or jagged on the shorter sides. (If you make a natural wavy edge, the final product will have a cute look, while a sharp, jagged edge will create a more realistic effect.)
2.Make a triangular onigiri rice ball. The length of each side of the triangle should match the narrow width of the nori.
3.Place the onigiri in the middle of the nori as indicated in the picture.
4.Wrap the onigiri with the nori. Voilà, Fuji-san!
*You can use soy paper instead of nori.
Japanese traditional wrapping cloth, Furoshiki, comes in various sizes and materials. This 100% cotton furoshiki’s design is a typical view of Fuji-san with clouds and waves in a modern style. You can use it in a conventional way as well as hang it on the wall.
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Fuji-san on this handkerchief has a cute tweak. Graphically designed, slightly different Fuji-san motifs appear recurrently. It’s practical yet fun to watch the “kawaii” mountains.
Cleverly designed in Japanese kamon (family crest) style by maromon (www.maromon.jp), this notebook represents the essence of Japanese traditions in graphics; chic, simple and impressive.
Since Fuji-san is viewed as a good-luck charm in Japan, why not use this auspicious motif on a New Year’s card? This Fuji-san-patterned stamp helps you create your own cards easily. You can even paint, draw, and write on the stamped design.
You will never forget anything if Fuji-san is sticking out of books and notebooks. Perfect marks for your to-do list.