The Beauty of Road Trips, Part 2: Fuji Times Five
As a follow up to my last post, I wanted to put up the rest of the pictures from my one-week Golden Week vacation. From May 3rd-5th Kanako and I drove out to see Mt. Fuji – climbing will wait until it’s warmer, probably early July! Still, Mt. Fuji is definitely worth seeing up close. This was my second trip (I took one with Steve last year in March), and as always I was reminded why the Japanese believe that dieties (Shinto) reside inside natural formations like mountains and rivers.
If you’ve never seen Mt. Fuji up close, it’s pretty staggering. It’s not a particularly tall mountain when compared with the world’s tallest, but its beauty lies in its almost perfect symmetry, no matter what angle you view it from. There are times when you round a bend or it is hidden by a small hill and then…BAM it comes slamming into your view, dominating the horizon. This year it was still very snow-capped, even for early May. A nice touch in the photos.
I didn’t take any photos on the first day as we spent most of the day driving out to Fuji, and stuck in traffic along the way. The second day I only took 9 pictures altogether (!) but the five I do have of Fuji form a good variety of angles and colors, themes and compositions. We went to a number of different spots from all angles (except south), including Motosuko, Kawaguchiko, Yamanako, and the Shibazakura Matsuri Park by Motosuko (it may have acutally been in Yamanashi prefecture, the border is close to that area). Here are my “Five from Fuji”:
Taken on the road to the Shibazakura park, at a spot where you could see Fuji fronted by poles and poles of Koi-Nobori (鯉のぼり、Carp flags for Chilrden’s Day). The slight breeze made for a nice photo, though I wish I’d had a longer lens!
Ah yes, the glamour shot of the trip 🙂 Sunset on Lake Yamanako (山名湖). Having the sun not in the picture actually made the colors stand out more and probably saved me from flaring. Sometimes you have to take what you’re given and work with it!
The rest of the pics that I took on the second and third day.
From the Shibazakura park on Day 2:
On the third day we stopped for lunch with Kanako’s friend Hiromi (and her adorable baby Miki) in Hamamatsu and hit up the Hamamatsu bontanical garden in the afternoon. Took some pics at a festival going on before lunch.
At lunch (Indian restaurant):
Miki eating nan.
Mom and daughter
Group shot at the apartment
Miki with “Nyanpaia” (ニャンパイア)
That’s it! Next posts will be coming as I’ve been planting rice and climbing mountains in the last week, but for now, hope you enjoyed all the pictures and stories!