A Case of Mistaken Identity

Previously, I reported that a new photo book of the Japan Hyakumeizan – One Hundred (Famous) Mountains of Japan – had been published and one of my photographs appears in the book. Very excited about the book’s release, I hurried to purchase a copy only days after it went on sale. Then the story became more interesting.

My stock agency contacted me with questions about a mountain in the Kita Alps known as Kasagatake. As with the photo in the book, they asked me to identify the summit and confirm that the mountain in the photo was Kasagatake of Hyakumeizan fame. I asked what was going on, somehow imagining that perhaps some new interest had come to my photographs or the Hyakumeizan mountains. The story was as follows:

The photo of Kasagatake in the book was provided by another stock agency and it was the wrong mountain. Kasagatake is in Gifu Prefecture but the photo in the book was of a Sanbyakumeizan (300 Famous Mountains – there’s a 101 to 200 list and a 201 to 300 list) that also goes by Kasagatake. The location on the map, the elevation, and the brief summary of the mountain were all correct for the intended mountain but the photo was of a different peak.


Kasagatake of Nagano, mistaken for Kasagatake the Hyakumeizan of Gifu

So the publisher was looking for a photo of the correct mountain and as it turned out, I had three with the agency. As I had it explained to me, the book is going to be reprinted with the correct photo. It still won’t be for some months but when the reprint comes out, I will have two photos in the book!


2 responses to “A Case of Mistaken Identity

  1. Well, congratulations – this was a most fortunate mistake from your point of view. By the way, our favourite author went some way to anticipating this sort of confusion in his relevant chapter: “Be it a crown (kanmuri), a priest’s hat (eboshi), or a straw rainhat (kasa), headgear seems to inspire quite a few of our mountain names. There are several variations on the rainhat theme – Amigasa, Togasa, Kinugasa – but plain Kasa-ga-dake is the most common form. Naturally, the name comes from the shape, but the name can be deceptive… “

    • PH, yes, thank you. And so I will wind up having two photos in the book.

      As always, your extensive knowledge of Mr. Fukada and his 100 provides tasty tidbits of trivia. Thank you for the snapshot of background information!

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