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Places noted in connection with Toyama literature

4. Tateyama

Jūji Tanabe, Jirō Nitta, Jun Henmi

One of Japan’s “Three Holy Mountains,” Mt. Tateyama has been important not only as an object of religious worship, but also as a source of literary inspiration. A Toyama-born expert in English literature, Jūji Tanabe recorded with exquisite feeling his climb up Mt. Tateyama in Yama to Keikoku, thus establishing himself as a leading writer of mountain-related literature in Japan. In Tsurugidake: Ten no Ki, Jirō Nitta depicted the men who set out to climb and map the unconquered peak of Mt. Tsurugi. The novel was adapted into a film (Mt. Tsurugidake) in 2009.

Spending her childhood in Toyama, the poet and writer Jun Henmi described the religious fascination of Mt. Tateyama and set down her feelings about the peak in her essay Tateyama no Shōryō-ichi.

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