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There will come a time when you feel super lousy about yourself... like you know you have the shot in your head but why it did not materialise after you shot it and try as you might, you just can't frame it or have it the way you saw it in your mind's eye...

For the past 2 days we have travelled down to Izu Peninsular (Atami) and Hakone for ryokan stays and thus no new pictures as they don't have in-room internet connection.

Atami was alright, quiet seaside resort town which I think is more popular in summer than in Autumn... best if we have arranged for self-drive coz the places that we wanted to go are better accessible by car than taking trains and local buses.

Hakone was a whole different story. We had very fond memories of Hakone the last time and we stayed in Hakone-Yumoto... this time, we decided to venture deeper into Hakone and we was very glad we did coz we discovered a lot of new stuff about the area. The only nagging pain that's bugging me to write this entry is my inadequacy of conveying what I actually saw into pictures that will give the same feeling.

1st off, we visited the crater top from Sozan (早山), accessible via a ropeway cable car from Soenzan (早云山)which gave the most magnificent view of Mt Fuji at all times of the days from dusk till dawn to night even but becoz we were rather ill-prepped for the sudden onset of cold front that decented on Japan island on the 19th, we totally froze ourselves out at near 1 degree coldness with the super chilled wind @ nearly 900m above sea level. It's almost like being in a freezer with the fan blasting in your face and body the whole time...

It makes shooting extremely difficult and the powerful gusts of cold wind didn't make it easier either. It's like I tell my finger mentally to press down on the shutter button and a minute later, the finger move slowly to depress and execute the command. The mind's a blank and on 1 hand, you want to stay and shoot more but on the other, your body is giving up on you. Tough choices.

The view is sooooooooooo (x 1 trillion times) awesome, I can't even begin describing the entire beautiful landscape that laid out from the view in Sozan except praising God for such natural beauty in the world!

We had to escape frequently into the heated marts that sell the famous black onsen eggs (they say, if you eat 1 of such egg, you gain 7 years of longevity each time... crappy advertising but the eggs are delicious btw!)

The light is so fantabulously amazing that no matter how I shoot it, I just can't capture that aura of beauty... Ms Clover was so right to say that sometimes you just have to come and see it for yourself to have your breath taken away by the sheer beauty of Mt Fuji... sigh.... so here's 2 very humble shots of the many many many shots I have taken in order to capture that special aura of Mt. Fuji:

(click for larger image) - taken at Otome-toge

(click for larger image) - taken at Sozan @ 5pm

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You have just given us a very different beauty of Fujiyama. Arigoto!!!!

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