Getting back to where we left last time,
Tamaki san was heading to a place called “nijuu magari”
as the old lady in the guest house recommended.
As he arrives at the top of the hill,
Fuji san appears in front of his eyes.
Looking from this angle,
the beautiful Fuji san is showing a new face again!
Tamaki san says that we can see Fuji san even in the city,
if the weather is clean and clear of course…
But it won’t have the strong impact it has when you look at it from this distance.
Says that he can understand the reason why people come here many times.
It’s a place you can feel the change of the 4 seasons as well.
Now it’s decided!
Fuji san’s view from nijuumagari is chosen as the
“Kokoro no hikyo #7”
By Tamaki Hiroshi ^^
Getting back to the road again,
Tamaki san says that the sun is almost about to set…
But the journey has not ended yet!
The next place he is visiting is called “Narusawa Village”.
Looking at Fuji san from this area,
Tamaki san says that the face of Fuji san has changed again,
as the angle he is looking at has changed a little bit.
Then he encounters a man working on his farm.
After greetings and asking him for a little chat,
he asks the man what he is doing.
He answers that he is harvesting Nappa (vegetable leaves)
which are known as the famous vegetables
being produced around this area.
Then hands it to Tamaki san
and asks him to take a closer look.
鳴沢菜 (Narusawa na)
Tamaki san is surprised that the vegetables can be produced like this
despite the height of this area and the cold weather.
The man (Kobayashi san) explains that they are very tough against the cold
and has been produced in Narusawa village since the Edo era in Japan.
Then after Tamaki san asks him about how they should be eaten,
Kobayashi san says that they can be eaten raw… just as they are!
So he tries one right there…
And says that it’s really juicy.
After having a short talk about the qualities of the ground here,
and how it has been effecting the farming and the products around this area,
Kobayashi san tells him about Fuji san’s view
from the village.
It is said that the Fuji san you can see from here (Yamanashi),
has a feminine appearance…
while it looks more manly and masculine when you look at it
in Shizuoka prefecture.
And he believes that the view you can have from Narusawa village
is especially beautiful ^^
Tamaki san asks him if he likes it here…
and he replies with yes of course,
being it the place where he was born in.
Leaving Kobayashi san…
Tamaki san reaches the Shoji lakeside,
Another Fuji san with a little bit of difference…
Tamaki san says that the view from here is kinda magical again.
The light of the sunshine is only shining into Fuji san and
and the area covered with the tree leaves nearby.
Exploring the landscape and the light with such details…
as expected from Tamaki san and his way of looking at nature ♡
The view of Fuji san we see from here is called
kodaki fuji (子抱富士) which literally mans Fuji san holding a baby.
It’s because of the other mountain rising in front of it.
The next stop is “Aokigahara jukai” which is also famous as
the Suicide Forest XD
As for Tamaki san,
this is not his frist time here!
He’s been here for the shooting of the movie
Ghost System (2002)!
Walking in the forest,
Tamaki san says that you cannot even hear the birds singing here!
It really is a freaky but mysterious place XD
“The vital force of this tree is amazing!”
He reaches an area where he feels like he knows the place
and has been here before…
but after a short pause he says that
he wonders if there might be other places
looking exactly like this here!
He can’t make his mind after all XD
“If you are not careful here,
you can really lose sight of the directions
and easily get lost here!”
This is onee scary place I don’t wanna get lost in!! (m´・ω・｀)m
But no one can deny the beauties of the nature here!
An even more amazing place was waiting for Tamaki san!!
The next place he is about to visit is
Narusawa hyouketsu (鳴沢氷穴)
An ice cave which was created
by the eruptions of Fuji san many years ago.
Tamaki san enters the cave…
at first he’s just walking with his back bending a little bit…
but as he goes deeper…
it becomes narrow and he has to sit..
it becomes even worse and it’s too hard to move forward.
“The ceiling is too low!!” he says ^^
But he manages to cross the narrow way and reaches the steps,
but even going down the steps is not easy (^_^;
It would have been a piece of cake
for a chibi person like me XD
but not for him!!
Walking down the stairs,
Tamaki san says that they really built these stairs here by force…
Finally he can stand up again,
The walls of the cave are covered with ice.
Once again it gets narrow…
And the temperature suddenly drops down as Tamaki san says.
The water coming down from Fuji san and other mountains,
will lead to these cave and make this natural ice statues.
“It really is the mountain holding an immeasurable power inside.
You can feel the great scale of it!
It must have taken a long time for something like this to be created…
Not only the things on the ground which are visible to the eyes ,
there are things all being connected to each other
laying under the ground, with no doubt.
This dripping water here…
thinking about how it’s connected to everything I encountered today…
makes you think deeply about it all!”
Fuji san and everything around it,
was as lovely as I had expected ^^
And as I promised last week,
I will also share the photo he
chose for this journey’s post card…
A view of Fuji san from nijuumagari!
Taken by Tamaki Hiroshi of course ^^
His next trip is to
Gokanosho in Kumamoto prefecture.
Meeting people for the first time…
eating some delicious food…
and discovering the unexplored
but extraordinary landscapes again!!
Thank you for reading until the end,
Please stay tuned!!