Daily Archives: September 15, 2012

2012 Picture of the Week (38/52) – Mt. Fuji appears peaceful

Mt. Fuji is the symbol of Japan.  It is so recognizable, and is an example of a nearly perfectly shaped stratovolcano.  At 3776 metres tall, it is the tallest mountain in Japan.  I’ve been to the top and peered down into the summit crater.  Very exhilarating!  Today, I took this picture shortly after sunset, and you can see the peaceful cone of the volcano on the left.  Or is it peaceful?  It seems that recent measurements have shown that the pressure in the magma chamber is 16 times the minimum amount for an eruption.  But it doesn’t mean that an eruption will happen soon.  Other factors are involved for an eruption.  So for now, enjoy the view!

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Mt. Fuji is always an amazing sight to see and photograph. When it’s clear, I’m lucky to be able to see it from work, on the train, and at the park near my apartment. The Tanzawa Mountains are in the foreground.

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Bright local shrine

Sometimes taking a different route home can provide a wonderful reward.  In fact, when my wife and I went home after shopping, we discovered 3 things: a cheap, but very good cake shop, a Chinese restaurant that has some very good food, and a shrine I never knew existed.  They were all within steps of the main road that we’ve often used.  This shrine surprised me because of how brightly coloured it was.  It’s very small, and it seems to be connected to a family that owns several large houses in the neighbourhood.  I previously posted a picture of the guardian fox of this shrine, which is an Inari shrine. Exploring sure does provide some wonderful surprises.

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The entrance to the shrine. Inari shrines are known for their red torii (gates).

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The name of the shrine (can anyone read this?).

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Red gate, white and red shrine with a green roof. Very bright!

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The shrine itself.

The guardian fox I previously posted.

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A close-up of the roof corner’s details.

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The main doors of the shrine.

We’ll be doing more exploring as the weather gets a bit cooler.  It’s still hot these days, but October and after should be great for taking pictures.

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