Japan Protests Indonesian Graffiti on Mount Fuji
Graffiti was found on a big boulder on Mount Fuji. This finding has generated complaints from many Japanese who have reported the incident to the Japan Agency for Cultural Affairs. This even prompted Shizouka Shimbun to write an article on Thursday (7/8/2014) titled “Holy Mountain Attacked.”
This active volcano, standing at 3776.24 meters altitude, was designated a UNESCO Cultural Heritage (World Heritage) site back in 22 June 2013. Now, capitalized and orange-colored graffiti can be found in three places on the Fujinomiya trail.
The Fujinomiya trail opening is part of a world heritage asset configuration. This incident was reported immediately to the Japan Agency for Cultural Affairs. Efforts to remove the graffiti are expected to take place on 8 August.
The graffiti was found on the mountain’s 9th trail and 5th Shaku. The graffiti reads “INDONESIA” written on a boulder (large stone) with a length of about 80 centimeters. Then, on top of the existing Indonesian graffiti, white arrows point to the direction of travel for the climbers. Over the past few years, there has not been graffiti discovered on Mount Fuji.
“This attack on Mount Fuji’s sanctity, which is a world heritage and an object of faith, causes unfortunate discomfort for climbers.” the paper reported.
The person in charge of Fuji provincial civil engineering office that manages chemicals will attempt to remove the graffiti before the summer holiday period in Japan where the number of mountaineers will rise.
Indonesian tourists at Mt. Fuji, not related to the above incident:
Comments from Kaskus:
This act embarrasses Indonesia as a nation. Who would do something stupid like this?
Sanctity? The excuse would make more sense if they want to protect nature instead of holiness..
What did the mountain do to deserve this graffiti? Geez.
The culprit may not even be Indonesian.
Indonesians can’t even watch their own behavior in their own nation, let alone overseas.
Typical Indonesians. I often go hiking and have seen many mountains in Indonesia littered with rubbish.
Japan is unreasonable. They start pushing blame just for graffiti.
Finally, Indonesian culture has became an international sensation.
Just because of one dumb person, the entire nation is being shamed.
They shouldn’t bring their own bad habits overseas.
Japan used to invade Indonesia, so maybe someone is trying to return the favor.
Obviously, the culprit is not a nature lover. Take nothing but photographs, leave nothing but footprints
What do you think?