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August 19th 2018
Published: September 12th 2018
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Hello my fellow travellers! This morning I left before Ichiro woke up and made my way over to the train station to go to Fujinomiya, a city located at the foot of Mount Fuji on the Shizuoka side. I was greeted by a lovely morning with perfect weather and I felt good about the prospect of climbing Mount Fuji under such conditions. The train ride to Fujinomiya went well and as I exited the station ... Read Full Entry



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Takae on the Kamiji BridgeTakae on the Kamiji Bridge
Takae on the Kamiji Bridge

Fujisan Hongū Sengen Taisha, Fujinomiya
Koi Swimming in the Wakutama PondKoi Swimming in the Wakutama Pond
Koi Swimming in the Wakutama Pond

Fujisan Hongū Sengen Taisha, Fujinomiya
Wakutama PondWakutama Pond
Wakutama Pond

Fujisan Hongū Sengen Taisha, Fujinomiya
Takae on the Kamiji BridgeTakae on the Kamiji Bridge
Takae on the Kamiji Bridge

Fujisan Hongū Sengen Taisha, Fujinomiya
Me on the Kamiji BridgeMe on the Kamiji Bridge
Me on the Kamiji Bridge

Fujisan Hongū Sengen Taisha, Fujinomiya
Wakutama PondWakutama Pond
Wakutama Pond

Fujisan Hongū Sengen Taisha, Fujinomiya
Ducks at the Wakutama PondDucks at the Wakutama Pond
Ducks at the Wakutama Pond

Fujisan Hongū Sengen Taisha, Fujinomiya
MemorialMemorial
Memorial

Fujisan Hongū Sengen Taisha, Fujinomiya
Performing a Temizu (Ablution)Performing a Temizu (Ablution)
Performing a Temizu (Ablution)

Fujisan Hongū Sengen Taisha, Fujinomiya
Honden (Main Hall)Honden (Main Hall)
Honden (Main Hall)

Fujisan Hongū Sengen Taisha, Fujinomiya
Takae in front of the Honden (Main Hall)Takae in front of the Honden (Main Hall)
Takae in front of the Honden (Main Hall)

Fujisan Hongū Sengen Taisha, Fujinomiya
Haiden (Hall of Worship)Haiden (Hall of Worship)
Haiden (Hall of Worship)

Fujisan Hongū Sengen Taisha, Fujinomiya
Haiden (Hall of Worship)Haiden (Hall of Worship)
Haiden (Hall of Worship)

Fujisan Hongū Sengen Taisha, Fujinomiya
Barrels of SakeBarrels of Sake
Barrels of Sake

Fujisan Hongū Sengen Taisha, Fujinomiya
Honden (Main Hall)Honden (Main Hall)
Honden (Main Hall)

Fujisan Hongū Sengen Taisha, Fujinomiya
Cleansing at Wakutama PondCleansing at Wakutama Pond
Cleansing at Wakutama Pond

Fujisan Hongū Sengen Taisha, Fujinomiya
Takae and MeTakae and Me
Takae and Me

Fujisan Hongū Sengen Taisha, Fujinomiya
Statue of Minamoto no YoritomoStatue of Minamoto no Yoritomo
Statue of Minamoto no Yoritomo

Fujisan Hongū Sengen Taisha, Fujinomiya
Mount FujiMount Fuji
Mount Fuji

Fujinomiya



13th September 2018

Wow!
Per-Olof I'm extremely impressed. And how lovely that you got to do this with Takae for most of the way :)
17th September 2018

Wow!
Thank you very much! It was really good to get to spend some quality time together, I just wish that we would have had more time!
14th September 2018
Friendly Guys at the Old 7th Station

Climbing Mt Fuji
It is often the people one meets that define an adventure. To present this blog with your usual detail provides an insight into yourself that is not lost on this dancer Per-Olof. Many lovely pics of you with Takae. Then this one with your benefactors that helped your spirit soar as dark set in and ensured you were not left and lonesome as you continued your climb in darkness. I can picture you and others melding into cracks on the side of Fuji to hide from the cold...determination to continue your quest for sunrise providing your focus to endure. Great stuff Per-Olof...may your dreams come true.
17th September 2018
Friendly Guys at the Old 7th Station

Climbing Mt Fuji
Thank you my dancing friend! Indeed, the kindness and aid of those around me whose paths I would sometimes cross really helped me continue towards the top and my goal of goraiko!
14th September 2018
Takae at the Wakutama Pond

Wakatama Pond
Special place to cleanse the body and spirit to prepare for the climb. Very special.
17th September 2018
Takae at the Wakutama Pond

Wakatama Pond
It was a good feeling to clean both my body and my mind here before the climb. You are right that it's very special.
14th September 2018

Climbing Mt Fuji
Follow that Road...just like a yak...one step after another.
17th September 2018

Climbing Mt Fuji
Thank you my dancing friend, I will continue, one step at the time!
16th September 2018
Fujinomiya Trail

Tough climb
Sounds like it was a tough climb. I'd like to do it myself one day. /Ake
17th September 2018
Fujinomiya Trail

Tough climb
It really was, I can recommend it though, it's a very spiritual affair!
16th September 2018

Cliff Hanger!
My goodness, what a cliff-hanger you have left the reader with - will he, won't he make it...?! I'm sure you did, but I look forward to reading about it in your next anyway. Lovely to read about the purchase of your goshuincho, and well done on making the climb so far on such little rest and with a heavy backpack! I remember seeing lights at night going up the summit of Mt Fuji from Kawaguchiko - I thought initially that the trail may be lit by lamps, but then I realised it was the headlamps of the climbers! What an experience, and I understand it must indeed be a spiritual journey for those undertaking it.
17th September 2018

Cliff Hanger!
Thank you my friend, I'm glad that you like it! It was a very special feeling, quite unlike anything I've ever done or experienced before. Highly recommended!
16th September 2018
Manhole Cover

Manhole Cover
Yay! I took many photos of these throughout my travels in Japan :D
17th September 2018
Manhole Cover

Manhole Cover
Aye, they are generally very amazing! Far above our boring ones in Sweden. :D
1st October 2018

Bullet Climb
I, too, did a bullet climb back in 2010. Unfortunately, I wasn’t rewarded with a good sunrise as there were too many clouds; I hope you had better luck. I’m impressed you bagged two peaks in one go.
2nd October 2018

Bullet Climb
Thank you. =) I need to go back and read about your climb and see what your experience was like. =)

Tot: 2.198s; Tpl: 0.067s; cc: 20; qc: 31; dbt: 0.0757s; 2; m:saturn w:www (104.131.125.221); sld: 2; ; mem: 1.4mb