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This blog is an amateur photographer's attempt to show how beautiful the world really is. He is drawn to the colors of nature like a moth to a candle light. What are showcased here are nature's grand display of colors at sunrise and sunset, beautiful beaches and off-the-beaten track locations in his beloved Philippines, waterfalls and some of nature's great sculptures, architectural gems, and other views from around SE Asia that he was fortunate to see at one point.

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February 12, 2008

fujigoko (five fuji lakes)

Mt. Fuji is the most dominant landmark in Japan. Its majestic peak is visible even from central Tokyo on a clear day. Its also the most photographed mountain in the world. However few foreigners probably know that there is more to Fujisan than just the mountain. The area around the base of the mountain (called Fujigoko, in the Yamanashi prefecture) is home to five scenic lakes.

(along the west bank of Lake Yamanakako)
We set out one winter morning to visit the Fujigoko area.
Even from a distance, Mt Fuji made us feel its majestic presence. Our first stop was Lake Yamanakako (or Lake Yamanaka).

(Mt Fuji as seen from Chuo Expressway)
A scenic country road winds along the west bank of the lake. Rustic restaurants and inns dot the area.

The lake was frozen that time as one would expect it to be during winter =D. The air was freezing but it did not stop folks from fishing on the lake. It certaintly did not stop us from taking a couple of shots. Ok maybe not just a couple of shots :D

(this boat is going nowhere)
Lake Yamanaka is the biggest of the five lakes. It is also the third highest lake in Japan (at 980 meters above sea).

(boating season closed!)
One of my friends could not resist walking on the frozen lake. Its not everyday that a guy from a tropical country gets to step on ice on a frozen lake. He was amusingly watching another guy skating near him. The ice was thick enough to support a man's weight but I didn't dare, not the gear I have :). Or maybe I saw too many movies that I was afraid my first few seconds on ice would be followed with the sounds "craaaakkk, splashhhh!, aahhhhh, helpppp!". :D
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lagal[og] said...

nice takes bai! brrr, lamig nga siguro dyan ngayon. mt. fuji is really a thing of beauty. a friend who's based in japan told me ganda niya nga.

Lantaw said...

very cold bai! not very good for a tropical guy like me hahaha. Fuji and the area around it is really picturesque. lahat yata ng scenery dun pwde pang postcard

demeter said...

your pictures of mt.Fuji from the west bank of lake yamanakako and the chuo expressway are amazing. Very good shots considering how cloudy it was that day! more power!

Anonymous said...

shots mo lahat yan? ang galing-galing! i really enjoy reading your blog. nakakatanggal ng stress especially because of the pictures. keep it up!

Lantaw said...

@anonymous, yes they are my shots. thanks for visiting.

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