labor and transcendence
a Japanese sacred mountain
University Press (2003)
For an overview of the mountain, see Immortal Wishes, pp.
Click on the thumbnails for larger images.
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
Temple painting (Kitanakano in Namioka) of Iwaki/Akakura mountain,
partially covered in snow melts. The Akakura gorge is
visible to the right of the main peak of Iwaki.