the town hall of a Japanese town has installed a net hiding a view of Mount Fuji

the town hall of a Japanese town has installed a net hiding a view of Mount Fuji
the town hall of a Japanese town has installed a net hiding a view of Mount Fuji

By Le Figaro with AFP

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Photos of the barrier in front of Mount Fuji

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Construction of this barrier, 2.5 meters high and 20 meters long, began at the beginning of May, but the project took longer than expected due to problems with the supply of materials.

A tall, dark net to hide a view of Mount Fuji popular with hordes of tourists, whose bad manners overwhelm the residents and authorities of a Japanese town, began to be installed on Tuesday May 21. The announcement of this radical measure last month by the town hall of Fujikawaguchiko, in central Japan, caused a lot of noise, both in the country and internationally, becoming a new example of the consequences of overtourism.

The local authorities had justified it by the incivility of numerous foreign tourists on site, throwing waste on the ground, smoking outside authorized areas, crossing the road at a red light or parking indiscriminately. Some even climbed onto the roof of a nearby dental clinic, completely illegally, so they could take better photos.

“It’s clearly an iconic photo”

Construction of this barrier, 2.5 meters high and 20 meters long, began at the beginning of May, but the project took longer than expected due to problems with the supply of materials. The photographs taken from a narrow sidewalk, behind a busy road, had become extremely popular on social networks like Instagram, because they combined a view of the majestic volcano with a Lawson convenience store in the foreground, a form of symbol of contemporary Japan.

“It’s a shame” that a net be installed “because it’s clearly an iconic photo”regrets Christina Roys, a 36-year-old New Zealand tourist interviewed on Tuesday by AFP on site. “But it’s totally understandable.” because this place attracted so many people and it was “quite dangerous” with road traffic right next door, she adds. However, she thinks that this will not prevent tourists from continuing to come in large numbers to the surrounding area. Because Mount Fuji, the highest peak in Japan (3,776 m), can obviously be photographed from many other places, including Fujikawaguchiko.


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