Friday, September 28, 2012

Japan / part one



Japan was full of surprises. It is an incredible combination of tradition and contemporary, calm and hyper-active, soft ambient and neon lighting, consumerism and natural beauty.

Hama Rikyu Gardens - Wild flowers and Skyscrapers
Tsukiji Fish Market - Sushi before 8am

Ginza area - blocks and blocks of high-end shops lined with Christmas trees... 


From the busy and vibrant Tokyo streets, we traveled to Mt. Fuji 5th Station by bus. Upon arrival, we departed by foot to summit this 12,338 ft snowless, red-gravel mountain. We slept in a mountain hut, about 3/4 of the way up, and woke around 2:30am to summit in time for sunrise. It was absolutely awesome!! (and very cold!)

2pm - beginning the hike

5pm -  encountering our first mountain hut embedded into the slope

8pm - cramped but cozy sleeping quarters, after a hearty meal of curry and rice 

3am - ready to go summit!!

6am - beautiful sunrise atop Fujisan
7:30am - the hike down with fellow pilgrams

8am - so happy!
More to come!

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