Why had ancient Japanese people praised Amano-kaguyama?

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A month ago, I went to Amano-kaguyama and the surrounding area in Nara Prefecture to do some sightseeing.

Amano-kaguyama is an unpopular sightseeing spot, but I was very interested in that place.

Amano-kaguyama is the name of a mountain, and I knew it through the “Waka”, which is a classic Japanese poem.

According to legend, that mountain fell down from heaven.

So it made me imagine a divine and solemn mountain.

However, that was actually different than what I was expecting.

Amano-kaguyama was a small mountain that had no particularly outstanding features.

I strolled on the deserted mountain.

Fresh green leaves covered the mountain brightly.

There were only some unmanned small shrines. 

I wonder why ancient Japanese people had praised this small mountain.

Amano-kaguyama was not so much a mountain as a hill.

I thought that I would see this small mountain from some distance.

I left there, and I headed to the ruins of Fujiwara-kyo, which was one mile away.

Fujiwara-kyo was the capital of ancient Japan. Today, that place is open ground.

I stood on the place where there was an imperial palace over 1,300 years ago, and I gazed at Amano-kaguyama from there.

Amano-kaguydma looked like a low hill from far away. I thought that it was hardly noticeable.

Why did ancient Waka poets write beautiful poems that were based on Amano-kaguyama?

I think that they must have seriously believed a legend. For them, Amano-kaguyama was a gift from heaven.

The legend must have stimulated their sense of beauty.

Amano-kaguyama must have appeared solemn or spectacular to them.

On the other hand, we modern people cannot believe a legend or superstition.

We cannot believe something that cannot be scientifically explained.

So Amano-kaguyama just looked like a low hill to me. It may be unfortunate for me.

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