Friday, 9 November 2012

Mount Fuji and Fujigoko

October 29, 2012 after a night at the "minshuku" like university farm sleeping quarters we were served a breakfast rivaling that of many an "onsen" or spa hotel in Japan. After a last admiring look at Fuji-san from this vantage point we left the farm and began a day of tourism.
We stopped at Narusawa where some of us examined the icy entrails of one of many caves surrounding Fuji-san. Yayoi was thrilled to have a Japanese chickadee land on her hand.
After Naoki drove us up a long drive to the fifth station on Fuji-san or as high as cars are permitted. The station reminded us not of Banff, not of Jasper, but possibly a bit like Whistler, British Columbia. We admired the views and then drove back down to the Fujigoko area to see the colours and more of Fuji-san. But first we stopped at one of the many places in Japan that serve a variety of breads and had a delicious late lunch. You can never have too many photographs of Fuji-san or fall colours. It was extremely difficult paring down the photos for publication.
Tsutomu-san is very interested in animals so when we spotted a man and a performing Japanese monkey we had to watch. I estimate that if we were as athletic we could jump four meters from a standing start.
We ambled back to the beach to view Fuji-san as the sun set to the right.
What a magnificent day and on the drive back to Ome we were fortunate to just miss a traffic jam up ahead and drove until we spotted a restaurant serving pasta where we had spaghetti served with all the attention to detail that would embarrass North American 'eating places'.

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