Mt. Kampu: “Oga’s Autumn Wind,” an excerpt from The Road of Masumi Sugae August 21, 1804

After sailing across the Ogata lagoon from Tenno to Funakoshi, I reached and climbed Mt. Kampu. In the old days, Mt. Kampu was also called Mt. Tsumakoi or Mt. Hafukaze. Finally clambering up, I found a stone pagoda, about two meters high, with nine layers. So many years seemed to have passed that mosses are spread on it. On a collapsed stone monument of modern times fallen near the pagoda, writings in Sanskrit are barely distinguishable.
In the valley on the right side, there is a rocky hill. Next to the hilly part of the valley, there is a lower part which is called the “Lake of Furutama,” in which lies a large rock on which a legend tells a huge snake slithered.
Mt. Kampu is surrounded by lakes and the sea. It offers a gorgeous view as if we are seeing the entire world. If we could only have a view of such beautiful mountains as Mt. Kenashi, Mt. Kaizu, and Mt. Yamamoto from the summit of Mt. Ibuki in Omi Province, we would enjoy a great landscape as great as we can enjoy from the summit of Mt. Kampu.

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