Monday, February 22, 2010

The first encounter

I arrived in Tokyo on an incredibly clear day. On the bus from Narita I had my first Fuji encounter. At one point the freeway went over a rise and in the far distance I saw Mt Fuji- snow covered from top to base, with no cloud on the peak.

The first photo is taken with a wide angle lens so Fuji looks further away than it appeared to me, however when I saw it, it was like it filled my field of vision. It seemed to take up the whole sky and horizon even at that distance of more than 300kms away. It completely took over my being, an emotional response I could not have predicted. I had read about the cult of looking for views of Mt Fuji in my Hiking guide book and thought it was an odd hobby.

It's a bit hard to see Fuji in that first shot- if you click here it will take you to Flickr where you can down load a larger image.

These pictures do not really capture the moment, but there are my first nori-mono (spotting Fuji from a moving vehicle) shots.


  1. Just as the Hyakumeizan author said: " “Fuji is there for everyone and yet, soaring into eternity, stands for something beyond any man's grasp..."

    I amend that to "any man or woman's grasp".