Photographer's Note

Fujisan

Mount Fuji is an active volcano on the border between Yamanashi and Shizuoka Prefectures, at about 100 km from Tokyo. On my previous journey to Japan I saw this mighty mountain from in the train from Kyoto to Tokyo. The view was so impressive that on my second trip I wanted to have a closer view of what the Japanese people call Fujisan.
So I travelled to Kawaguchiko in Yamanashi Prefecture.

I knew that outside of the winter season Mount Fuji is often hidden by clouds or veiled in a haze. The memory of the view from in the train a year ago however made me decide to go to the small town at the base of the mountain.
But, bad luck when I arrived in Kawaguchiko. The weather was rainy and there was no mountain at all to see.
I asked the hotel manager which way I had to look because all I could see were clouds. He assured me that the big window in my room looked straight up Mount Fuji.
Once arrived in my room on the fourth floor, again all I could see were clouds and haze. Quite a disappointment!

The mountain remained invisible all day and it also kept on raining. The next morning I had to leave at 8 am and when going to sleep I hoped that perhaps early the next day I could catch a glimpse of the mountain.
The next morning I woke up at 6 am and of course the first thing I did was looking out the window. Still haze and clouds but I thought I saw something more, a small darker part, probably a lower part of the slope. Highly fascinated I continued to watch and indeed very slowly the mountain emerged from the fog.

So hereby the view I had from in my room.
Technically the picture isnt good at all. And in no way is it looks like the photographs we find in travel magazines. I didnt see the sunlit snowcap striking strongly with a splendid blue sky. There was no branch with blooming cherry flowers to frame the picture and there was no reflected image of the mountain in the nearby lake. This is how I had imagined to take my picture in advance :)
But you cant believe how glad I was with this view from in my room. Despite the rainy sky that still surrounded the mountain, there it was: Fujisan, beautiful and impressive, almost perfectly conical, with no other mountains around it and awesome rising up at the edge of town!

Information from
http://www.travel-around-japan.com :

The altitude of Mount Fuji is 3.776 meters and is the highest mountain in Japan.

For Japanese people, Fujisan has been the symbol of the scenery of the country and the object of worship since ancient times.

It is an active volcano.
In the 8-11th centuries, it had been very active and it had often erupted.
The subsequent main eruptions were in 1511 and 1707.
Especially the eruption in 1707 was very great, and a large deal of volcanic ashes fell all around Tokyo.
The eruption occured only 49 days after the greatest earthquake in Japanese history that struck the south coast of Honshu and Shikoku islands through a wide area.
It is thought that there is some sort of relationship between the eruption and the earthquake.

Since that, Mount Fuji has been tranquil.
But it is surely an active volcano. So the Japanese government and local governments have drawn up disaster prevention plans.

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