Friday, December 12, 2014

A Crisp Autumn Day

Nothing suits me better than a nice long walk on a crisp Autumn day. So, a couple weeks ago that's just what we did. It was the peak of the changing of the Fall leaves and Emi and I decided to enjoy it before it was gone.

We started out in Yokohama Park.

Many people were out with their cameras taking pictures.

It's only a short walk from the park to Nihon Odori and the Ginkgo nut trees are simply brilliant.  

This is it! The atmosphere is almost indescribable.People walk up and down the avenue with smiles on their face while marveling at the beauty that only Mother Nature can create.



A nice carpet of yellow leaves to soften the sound of our foot steps.


Reluctantly we leave the wonder world of this golden promenade to have a picnic lunch out on Osan Bashi (Yokohama International Passenger Terminal).

The view of the city from Osan Bashi is never disappointing.

After lunch we strolled along  Yamashita Dori,

This is the street that runs parallel to Yamashita Park.


I take your picture...

And, you take mine! Yes, it's us.

Back to more interesting things, like, the sky is falling!

Yamashita Dori leads right into the Motomachi shopping street.

A brand name shoppers paradise.

Every picture tells a story.

Happiness is in the air.

Taxis are for the weak, we press on with our walk.

I always find the back streets far more interesting than the main streets.  

And, this back street is leading us into the Yokohama Bashi covered shopping arcade.

You want it, they got it! We bought some baked sweet potatoes from this fellow.

Hot lunch box meals ready to go.

A butcher shop with beautiful cut flowers adorning his counter.

Grilled chicken - already cooked and ready to eat.

Like most of our walks we circle back to Hinodecho. The warmth of the afternoon is easing off and is being replaced with a bit of a chill.

Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to the train station of course!

Thanks for stopping by!
Mike

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Mt Fuji in all its glory, November 2014

We spent last Thursday traveling around the Mt Fuji 5 lakes area. We were pretty lucky, the sky was clear and Mt Fuji had a healthy dose of snow on top.

We just arrived at Lake Yamanakako and I stopped the car and took the first picture of the day.

Encouraged by the clarity of the sky we quickly drove to the secret view point up above the far end of the lake for this picture.

Ok, maybe it's not a secret view point, let's just say it's a lesser known view point.

Dropping back down to the lake shore we were blessed with this view.

Zooming in on the mountain just to the right of center one can see the climbing trail outlined in the snow.

Need a closer look to see it?

And, now one should be able to see it quite clearly. The climb is so steep that a switchback trail is necessary.

Back down on the ground for a last shot from the lake shore.

A view from the farm land in Oshino. I wonder what the farmers think when they're out working the land with such a majestic view in the background.

On the way to Lake Kawaguchiko we stopped by Sengen shrine where I took these pictures of some stone lanters lining the path to the main shrine.




On the upper right side of the tree steam is rising off the bark as the strong morning sun cooks off the moisture of the morning dew.

We have arrived at Lake Kawaguchiko

The Autumn leaves are brilliant!

Such a peaceful scene,

We are surrounded by gorgeous leaves in every shade of red and yellow imaginable.


Our luck continues to hold as we arrive at lake Saiko.

Lake Saiko is probably the least visited of the Mt Fuji 5 lakes.

The quite lake side is perfect for reflecting on the how fortunate we are and not to dwell on the troubles of the world.  

The last lake of the day, Shojiko!

Small in size but extremely picturesque.

This lake is very popular in the summer time with the kayakers.

The day has progressed and there is a bit of a chill creeping into the air (it's getting cold out here!).

So, it's time for the last shot of the day and then it's off to our hot spring Inn and a nice soak in the hot bath before dinner.

Camera - Sigma SD1 Merrill, Lenses - various Sigma lenses.

Thanks for stopping by!
Mike