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 Post subject: Happy Mountain Day!
PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 10:23 am 
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"August 11, 2017: Mountain Day 2017"

Google Doodle Celebrates Mountain Day, Japan's Newest Holiday, Ryan Kilpatrick, Aug 10, 2017

With its densely packed cities and fast-paced professional world, some in Japan may have trouble finding time to appreciate the country's boundless natural beauty. So in 2014, a new holiday was invented to remind them to pause and take a look around: Mountain Day.

This Friday, Google celebrates the new holiday — only its second year in observance — with a new doodle depicting a sunset over the iconic Mount Fuji, the tallest and most famous of Japan's mountains lying some 60 miles southwest of the capital Tokyo. While Fuji is best known among them, Japan is home to hundreds of other peaks running north to south like a spine, covering nearly 70% of the island nation.

Mountain Day falls on Aug. 11 because the Japanese kanji character for "eight" resembles a mountain, while the numeral 11 looks like adjacent trees, according to the BBC. The holiday was created to encourage people to get out of the city and go for a hike in the countryside, both to learn more about Japan's geography and cultural heritage and to alleviate the pressures of the daily grind.
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This is also now a recognized holiday in the Colorado front ranges and central mountains, because I think it deserves to be. This is close to our spiritual hearts, too.

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