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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Capturing The Elusive Mt. Fuji



After two failed opportunities to set foot on Mt. Fuji, I finally had another chance last Sunday. A group of Filipinos organized a bus tour, the first stop of which would be Mt. Fuji’s 5th Station, perched 2,305 meters above sea level.


But sadly, rain fell hard (remnants perhaps of the typhoon that just passed by the Philippines). Early on, even while we were still assembling in Tokyo, we recognized that it will be difficult for us to get spectacular views while we’re up there. But the incurable optimists that Pinoys are, we still crossed our fingers that the skies will clear out when we arrive.


It didn’t. In fact, it rained much harder, reducing visibility by just about a few meters.


Hundreds of would-be trekkers to the summit were stranded.


For me, the biggest frustration was not finding anything special to shoot.


The 5th station is home to many souvenir shops so it was where most people waited for the rain to stop. The others queued by the Mt. Fuji postal office, and just contented themselves with sending souvenir postcards to loved ones all over the world.

Resigned to not having a view of the surroundings, our group decided to go down to Kawaguchi Lake, which in better days would have had a very romantic view of Fuji-San.


But instead of getting this …… (pic lifted from the net)

....this was what I got.

Well, maybe next time. One day, I will still get my most-coveted awesome shot of the very elusive Mr. Fuji.


29 comments:

Dakilang Islander said...

ang dami mo ng mga photo ops ahh...it happened to me as well...i was on top of empire state bldng at bigla nlang umulat kaya badtrip

pepe M. said...

awww, thats sucks! but thats ok! its the journey that counts *yeah right* hehehe...

BlogusVox said...

Hmm... siguro maigi bumalik ka nalang around summer. I bet you'll have great pics by then.

Lawstude said...

hahaha. napatawa naman ako sa comparison ng pics panyero. pero in fairness, ayos naman kuha mo ah.

tsk.tsk.tsk. pwede ka rin pala comedian.

R-yo said...

dakila: he he. pag minamalas nga naman e no?

R-yo said...

pepe: yeah right talaga! he he

R-yo said...

blogusvox: funny thing is, it's still summer here. binagyo lang talaga.

R-yo said...

lawstude: Nyero, seryoso ako dyan. :-)

The Gasoline Dude said...

Ang kyut naman ng barko sa huling pic. Hugis pating. *LOLz*

carlotta1924 said...

aww shucks! hamo, darating din ang chance mo na makakuha ng super-duper gandang pic ng mt. fuji. ^___^

aajao said...

ay sayang naman. foggy :(

Keitaro Hanazawa said...

Sayang naman! Pero maganda naman mga kuha mo ha? Interesting yung ibang pictures para sa akin lalo na yung pictures ng mga stranded vacationists. Gusto ko yung raincoat nila.:)

the donG said...

as much as i wanted to climb mt mayon, this mt fuji is also a dream for me.

i like the boat in the last photo. funny shape.

i really like foggy places.

dazedblu* said...

Hehe, nice shots.. sana may mga photos ka ng mismong Mt. Fuji XD

Have a nice day :)

reanaclaire said...

hi..are u staying in Japan or touring there? nice pictures.. going touring in Japan is very expensive now.. hope can get more $$ first from opps..haha..

Carver said...

I'm sorry your weren't able to climb Mt. Fugi but you got some great shots. I appreciated your visit to my blog and thought I'd let you know that it's not fall here yet. The shot I posted for the bridge post was from a prior fall.

coldman said...

hahaha!

mukhang malamig dyan ngayon ah?

Gypsy said...

ay, sayang...hopefully you can go again some other time? I used to love the rain..until I came to the UK where I got overdosed! It can really be a killjoy sometimes...:-)

Rochelle said...

Well, you took some awesome pics anyway!! And it sounds like you enjoyed the journey anyway!!!

R-yo said...

gasdude: artistic nga ang gumawa nung barko. cute e.

carlotta: sya nawa. :-)

R-yo said...

aajao: ok lang. pinilit na lang namin magsaya kaya nagwala na lang sa bus. :-)

R-yo said...

keitaro: napaka colorful nga ng mga raincoats. pang porma baga.

R-yo said...

dong: why not sked a fuji climb? sama ako, he he.

R-yo said...

dazedblu: he he. darating tayo dyan. what happened to your site? :-)

R-yo said...

reina: working here. til december i guess.

coldman: summer pa rin dito kahit me paminsang ulan. bed weather lang kumbaga. :-)

R-yo said...

gypsy: yup, rain can really kill the the fun! kainis, heh he.

Rochelle: we tried to drown our frustrations by just enjoying karaoke at the bus. you know Pinoys - always knows how to have fun.

Abaniko said...

At least you still see someone fishing. Just cut the Mt. Fuji in the first pic and paste it in your second pic. Hehe.

The Islander said...

not bad... photos are great.
the shark-inspired boat looks amazing.

maki said...

attorney, mailap talaga si Fuji san kapag summer :-p

Sama ka na lang sa akin paragliding come Nov.23, hoping to get a "good" aerial shot of Mt. Fuji.

Paki gawa na rin ako ng disclaimer..haha