February 23rd is a pun on "Mt. Fuji Day."

At the foot of the mountain, 3,776 rice balls were served in honor of Mt. Fuji's altitude.

Rice balls were distributed at a total of 33 locations in Yamanashi Prefecture and Shizuoka Prefecture, of which approximately 100 salt balls were prepared at the Fuji Prefectural World Heritage Center in Fujikawaguchiko Town, Yamanashi Prefecture.

Although it was snowing on the 23rd and Mt. Fuji could not be seen, the people who visited the facility received the rice balls one after another and ate them deliciously.

Also, at a roadside station in Fujiyoshida City, people gathered at 2:23 p.m. and ate rice balls all at once, facing the direction of Mt. Fuji.

A man from the city said, ``I participated because I wanted to celebrate Mt. Fuji Day. Mt. Fuji is beautiful in the winter, but it's also beautiful in the summer, so I never get tired of it.''

Kota Kuwabara, a member of the executive committee made up of companies in Yamanashi Prefecture, said, ``I want everyone to eat their rice balls while thinking about Mt. Fuji.I think a lot of people enjoyed it.''