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100 famous japanese mountains nihon hyaku meizan is a book written in 1964 by mountaineer and author kyya fukada the list became famous when crown prince naruhito now emperor took note of it citation neededthe list has been the topic of nhk documentaries and other hiking books an english edition one hundred mountains of japan translated by martin hood was . One hundred mountains is that kind of book nowhere in the world do people hold mountains in so much regard as in japan observed the author kyya fukada in the afterword to his most famous work mountains have played a part in japanese history since the countrys beginnings and they manifest themselves in every form of art. In one hundred mountains fukada pays tribute to his favorite summits published in 1964 the book became an instant classic consisting of one hundred short essays each celebrating one notable mountain and its place in japans traditions the book is an elegantly written eulogy to the landscape literature and history that define a people. For mountains have always formed the bedrock of the japanese soul in one hundred mountains of japan fukada pays tribute to his favorite summits published in 1964 the book became an instant classic more recently japans national broadcasting company has turned it into a memorable tv series