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Asia » Japan » Shizuoka » Mt Fuji October 28th 2006

Impresionante montana con una forma perfectamente conica cubierta de nieve en el nivel superior. Simbolo nacional y lugar de peregrinacion desde antano (como el camino de Santiago pero a lo japones). English Great mountain with a perfect cone shape and covered with snow on it's peak. National symbol and place where a lot of japanese pilgrims come from all over Japan.... read more

Asia » Japan » Shizuoka » Mt Fuji September 26th 2006

I am so behind in my blogging that I was going to abridge all the events from the last couple of weeks so you wouldn’t have to spend an hour reading this entry. But how can you abridge a Fuji story?! Plus, there’s not much more to add except that I spent $1000.00 on new furniture last weekend after feeling a bit of disgust and depression at the oldness (and consequent bugginess, mousiness, moldiness, style-less-ness, etc.) of my house. I’ll post pictures as soon as my stuff is delivered/assembled. So here’s the real story: Two weeks ago, after a week of confinement with my fellow foreigners at KAPIC (the Kagoshima Asia-Pacific Intercultural Centre) for a week-long Japanese course, I felt like I needed a break. Although the course was supposed to be an opportunity to relax, ... read more
Station Marker
At the 5th Station
Passing through the gateway to the 7th Station

Asia » Japan » Shizuoka » Mt Fuji September 2nd 2006

Last Saturday night I did something that is considered unwise: I climbed Mt. Fuji for the second time. There is a Japanese saying which states, "A wise person will climb Mt. Fuji once, but only a fool will climb it twice." Well, I guess I am a fool because at 7am on Saturday morning I boarded a bus with 42 other Hiroshima prefecture English teachers and embarked on the 11-hour bus ride to Station 5 of Mt. Fuji. I think it is important here to clarify that it was not entirely my decision to climb the mountain for a second time. Actually, I didn't really have a choice, and neither did Casey. Within the JET Programme community in Japan there is a national organization called AJET, which then branches out into prefectural groups. This year, ... read more
Fuji Group 2006
Casey and I before the big climb
Group Shot at Station 5

Asia » Japan » Shizuoka » Mt Fuji August 27th 2006

NOTE: if you want to receive automatic notifications everytime I update this blog, either send me your email address (either by directly emailing me or by sending me a message on this blog) or you can do it yourself by clicking the subscribe button when you enter the blogs main page. Also, i miss you all and ive loved your comments and messages so keep sending them if you can!! Last weeked Rich, Junco, and I climbed Mt. Fuji. Junco says they have a saying here that if you climb mt fuji twice, you are a fool. i think that i might agree, although it was definitely something im very glad i experienced. So, for anyone considering the climb to mt fuji, let me describe the process: 1) you will leave your place in tsukuba ... read more
vital supplies
stamping the walking stick
a typical view on the trail

Asia » Japan » Shizuoka » Mt Fuji July 8th 2006

I dont know where to start- the clouds, the sunrise, the height, the pain, the cold, the wind or the stick, but I do want to say- I CLIMBED MT FUJI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hang on, lets put that in bold writing I CLIMBED MT FUJI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This was one of the things that was on my 'What I want to do in Japan' list before I even arrived and while I was not sure I could do it I knew that I would always feel like I should have if I didnt. It took some convincing Marissa that it was something we could do, but once her brother was on board, plus a new found Japanese friend, Hide (Hee-de) it was all systems go. There is a Japanese proverb that says 'He who climbs Mount Fuji once is a ... read more
If you only knew...
From a distance the world looks blue and green and the snow capped mountains white
I took a sticky icky icky icky ick...

Asia » Japan » Shizuoka » Mt Fuji July 25th 2003

Now for the main event: my ascent up Mt. Fuji. After enduring a day in which my nerves prevented me from eating much of anything, at 6:00 in the evening, my friend Lou and I climbed into the bus that would take us to our destiny. This was not a normal bus ride, but one that would take us half way up Fuji, before depositing us at the Fifth Station some 6,000 feet from the base. The wind was whipping around quite a bit, and we were grateful for the coats and gloves that we had the foresight to bring. There were several dozen people milling around, chatting, drinking beer, and generally waiting for the night to get a bit closer before beginning the climb. In the distance, I heard a man shouting that all climbers ... read more

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