labor and transcendence
a Japanese sacred mountain
University Press (2003)
overview of the mountain, see Immortal Wishes, pp. 32-36
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mountain is the name given to the north-east face of Mt. Iwaki,
a quiescent volcanic cone that dominates the southern Tsgaru
plain. The better known Iwaki mountain has three peak;
Iwaki san shrine is located at its base, below a relatively
smooth slope. Akakura mountain, in turn, also has three peaks,
but is noted for its rough, volcanic surface and is dominated
by a great gorge.
For an overview discussion of the mountain, see Immortal
Wishes, pp. 32-36
Akakura Mountain during winter, seen from a road below.