1970s Gallery
Walking on Mount Hieizan, Japan, 1975

Hovhaness was an avid walker and hill climber during childhood, often accompanying his father on such excursions, and it remained a lifelong pleasure and inspiration for him to walk amongst nature wherever he was in the world. This photograph, taken in the spring of 1975, shows the composer walking on Mt. Hieizan, to the northeast of the Japanese city of Kyoto, overlooking Lake Biwa.

Image by kind permission of the photographer, Mrs. Hinako Hovhaness