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Friday, July 19, 2024

Tourists in Japan poke holes in newly erected barrier blocking Mount Fuji view

The installation of the black screen at Fujikawaguchiko, a popular spot for capturing photos of the iconic mountain, was completed last week. However, the next day, officials found a hole in it.

In Short

  • Fujikawaguchiko erected a huge black screen to deter tourists from overcrowding the area
  • Soon after installation, officials found around 10 holes in the screen
  • The town spent $8,285 to install the 8.2-feet-high black mesh net that stretches 66 feet

Eager to witness Japan’s Mount Fiji, tourists have started pricking holes in a huge black screen erected last week to prevent overcrowding at a popular panoramic spot.

Soon after discovering the holes, officials on Tuesday stated that they had started to repair them, news agency Associated Press (AP) reported.

The installation of the black screen at Fujikawaguchiko, a popular spot for capturing photos of the iconic mountain, was completed last week. However, the next day, officials found a hole in it, and by Tuesday they discovered around 10 similar holes, the size of which was apt for a camera lens to see through.

The black mesh screen was put up as locals complained about visitors who were trespassing and breaking the traffic rules in an attempt to shot perfect photos of the mountain for their social media posts.

A highly popular spot for capturing photos is situated outside a Lawson convenience store, offering a view where photographs taken from a particular angle create the illusion of Mt. Fuji resting atop the store roof.

The security guard stationed at the store, where, after the locals complained, the viewing spot was blocked off, stated that small holes began appearing in the morning and evening while no one was watching.

Speaking with AFP, the security guard stated: “It’s about manners. It’s a shame.”

After inspecting the holes, a town official stated that he attempted to put a camera against the hole but was not able to capture a perfect shot. “Did I take a good picture? In fact, I think the net came into the frame,” the official was quoted as saying by The Independent in its report.

The town spent 1.3 million yen ($8,285) to set up an 8.2-foot-high black mesh net extending 20 meters (66 feet), along with extra fences along the sidewalk.

Officials noted that the installation of the screen has aided in easing congestion in the vicinity.

Over-tourism has emerged as a pressing concern in various other renowned tourist spots like Kyoto and Kamakura.

(With inputs from Agencies)

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