Yellow sails grow small around the curves of the Mogami River, leading the eye to the tallest peak in Dewa Province. It’s base enshrouded in heavy clouds, Mount Gassan looms tall on the horizon. Measuring over 1980 meters high, Mount Dewa was one stop along the popular pilgrimage route of Dewa sanzan or (The Three Sacred Mountains). On this route Mount Haguro represented the world of the present, Mount Gassan the world of the afterlife, and Mount Yudono the world of the future or rebirth. Today, the former Dewa Province is part of Yamagata Prefecture and Akita Prefecture.