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Moon Over Hakone

Moon Over Hakone

There are moments in travel that transcend the mundane and capture in a split second the essence of an experience.  Such was the sight at the end of a perfect day exploring Hakone – the clackety-clack of the cable car as it ascended up to Soun-zan, the precariously swinging gondola over the billowing steam with Fuji-san looming ahead, facing into the brisk autumn wind on the pirate boat ride across Lake Ashi, a quiet walk through the cedars that formed the Tokaido road,  and a typically crowded bus ride back up the mountain to a stay at the fabulous Gora Kadan.  The weather was perfect, the food sublime and the view, from the top floor in the private bath on the balcony,  was of a brilliant moon rising over the mountains...
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Many Views of Mt. Fuji – Cellographing

Many Views of Mt. Fuji – Cellographing

Japan is a photographer’s dream destination and sometimes you’re lucky. The picture of Mt. Fuji on this blog header, taken from the shores of Lake Ashi on a perfect fall afternoon is an example of the serendipity of nature.   I always tell people to not expect to see Mt. Fuji when traveling to Japan, but, instead, to hope to be delightfully surprised if it shows up.   As a result, when I traveled to Hakone recently I had no expectations of seeing Mt. Fuji.  So it was pretty funny when it showed up outside the window on our train – I was too busy taking pictures of something else and when I turned, there is was, looming directly outside.  Wow!  It’s REALLY big from the shinkansen. Then, the next day, we did the Hakone circuit, including the cable car, ropeway, pirate ship and bus ride back up to Gora (more on THAT later).  That’s when I took the more non-traditional “view” of Mt. Fuji – a cablecar full of Japanese women on a day trip who were frantically taking pictures of the famous mountain with their cell...