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No obvious damage to the cover, with the dust jacket if applicable included for hard covers. Even in the far-off Tokyo the rain of ashes covered roofs to a depth of sixteen centimetres. There are no farms in this region, because there is little true soil; and there is no water.

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But volcanic destruction is not eternal destruction; eruptions at last prove fertilizing; and the divine "Princess-who-causes-the-flowers-to-blossom-brightly" will make this waste to smile again in future hundreds of years. The black openings in the green surface become more numerous and larger.

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A few dwarf-shrubs still mingle with the coarse grass. The vapors are lifting; and Fuji is changing color. It is no longer a glowing blue, but a dead sombre blue. Irregularities previously hidden by rising ground appear in the lower part of the grand curves. One of these to the left--shaped like a camel's hump--represents the focus of the last great eruption.

The land is not now green with black patches, but black with green patches; and the green patches dwindle visibly in the direction of the peak. The shrubby growths have disappeared. The wheels of the kuruma, and the feet of the runners sink deeper into the volcanic sand. The horse is now attached to the kuruma with ropes, and I am able to advance more rapidly. Still the mountain seems far away; but we are really running up its flank at a height of more than five thousand feet.

Fuji has ceased to be blue of any shade. It is black--charcoal-black--a frightful extinct heap of visible ashes and cinders and slaggy lava. Most of the green has disappeared.

Likewise all of the illusion. The tremendous naked black reality--always becoming more sharply, more grimly, more atrociously defined--is a stupefaction, a nightmare. Above--miles above--the snow patches glare and gleam against that blackness--hideously. I think of a gleam of white teeth I once saw in a skull--a woman's skull--otherwise burnt to a sooty crisp.

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So one of the fairest, if not the fairest of earthly visions, resolves itself lnto a spectacle of horror and death. But have not all human ideals of beauty, like the beauty of Fuji seen from afar, been created by forces of death and pain? But there is a track--a yellowish track made by thousands and thousands of cast-off sandals of straw waraji , flung aside by pilgrims. Straw sandals quickly wear out upon this black grit; and every pilgrim carries several pairs for the journey. Had I to make the ascent alone, I could find the path by following that wake of broken sandals--a yellow streak zigzagging up out of sight across the blackness.

The station is a large wooden house, of which two rooms have been fitted up as a shop for the sale of staves, hats, raincoats, sandals--everything pilgrims need. I find there a peripatetic photographer offering for sale photographs of the mountain which are really very good as well as very cheap. Here the goriki take their first meal; and I rest. Start for No. Slope now becomes steep as a stairway, and further riding would be dangerous.