Kisarazu at sunset

15 01 2010

Mt Fuji at sunset. That day we even experienced some rare snow flurries falling at around 3.30pm. The large flakes were gone as soon as they came.

I was researching about Japan’s energy sources today for class. 30% of its energy comes from its 55 nuclear reactions scattered around the country. 60% of its energy comes from imported natural gas (from Australia) and other fuels. Fuutsu, a couple towns south of here, has (the world’s?) largest gas power plant.

One thing I miss is the feeling of being environmental. It’s really hard to feel like you’re being eco – everything is covered in plastic, electricity (heating and cooling) usage is huge due to lack of insulation, most food (apart from rice) is imported (giant food miles), organics are hard to find…

Fuji-san at 6.45 in the morning

19 12 2009

Today was the last day of term 2 exams and the last day of school for students. As I was eating breakfast I saw Fuji-san from the dining room window and so walked up to the carpark below the buddhist temple near us and took some photos. The sun was just rising in the east and the sky still had a pink tinge to it. Mt Fuji was very clear and it was very cold that early in the morning! Since the forecast for today was 7 degrees, I’m guessing it was something like 4 degrees when I took these photos.

By lunchtime he had disappeared under cloud and the sky was no longer crisp and clear. But after lunch was also the start of yuki-yasumi so it’s a happy day!

Mt Fuji from Kisarazu.

Mt Fuji in the dusty pink skies of sunrise.

Fuji-san shows his face

21 11 2009

While Fuji-san was well and truly hidden while we were on his doorstep in Hakone, on mum and dad’s last morning in Kisarazu he popped up above the clouds and we were able to see his snow covered peak. We were able to see him as we walked to the school bus stop on Tuesday morning.

Across the port of Kisarazu, over Tokyo Bay and about 150km away sits Mt Fuji.

Hakone…but no Fuji-san

16 11 2009

We visited Hakone, to the west of Tokyo from where Mt Fuji can be seen (if you’re lucky enough to visit on a clear, cloudless day).
The romance car took us from Shinjuku to Odawara, then we met up with mum and dad who were on the JR line and took the switch-back train to Hakone-Yumoto.
We took a local bus to Tenzan onsen, an upmarket onsen. It had lovely hot spring pools – a choice of about five including rock pools, an inside bath, a cold bath and a steamy grotto all with views of the forest and mountains.
From there we caught another local bus to our accommodation which was equipped with 3 hot spring baths of its own. We used the onsen 2 times a day while we stayed there. It was so relaxing and warm in the cold, rainy weather.
The next day was overcast and rained throughout the day so Mt Fuji was not to be seen. But we still managed to ride through the multiple forms of transport – the bus to Gora, the Hakone Tozan cablecar to Sounzan followed by the ropeway to Togendai, the Hakone sightseeing pirate ship cruise across Lake Ashi to Hakone Machi, a walk through the Ancient Cedar lined path alongside the old highway (some trees are up to 360 years old) and bus back to Gora.
In the afternoon the wet weather held off so we walked through Gora Park past the colourful autumn foliage and through the warm glasshouses of bougainvilleas.
We took the bus back to our accommodation, warmed ourselves with another onsen bath in the slightly sulfurous waters and had a huge stirfry for dinner.

Mt Fuji by sunset

8 10 2009

For the first time since we’ve been here we saw Mt Fuji across the bay. A typhoon had just passed so the sky was clear.

Mt Fuji in the distance.

Mt Fuji in the distance.

Mt Fuji at sunset.

Mt Fuji at sunset.