I've lived in Japan for 2.5 years now and i've only seen Mt. Fuji twice. It's a timing thing...because usually when i'm in a spot to see Fuji, it's covered in clouds. So last weekend I really witnessed a miracle because not only did I SEE Fuji...but I saw the most miraculous perfect reflection of Fuji on lake Kawaguchiko.
It's a sight I will never forget.
My good friends, the Lims, were kind enough to drive us to Kawaguchi, about 2 hours south of Tokyo. Our main goal was to go to Fujiten, the ski resort there, but I mentioned that it would be cool to see a lake on the way. They knew a good spot to drive to and place that tourists don't often go, and we arrived around 10am.
Right when we got there, my mouth dropped. I could hardly believe what I was seeing!!! I quickly grabbed my camera and ran down to the water.
An older Japanese man with a really nice camera came to talk to me and said something along the lines of, "the reflection on the lake is perfect right down there where that man is (pointing to another photographer). The light is perfect now, go!"
This might be the most epic photo I have ever taken. Still can't believe I witnessed this with my own two eyes!! The miracle in this is that just a few minutes after I ran down to the water to get pics, the reflection on the lake went away completely! I was really lucky to see it when I did. A gift from the Lord!!
Tony and Nathalie! They're like my big bro and sis here in Japan and I am grateful for them.
Even though the reflection was gone, we we were still able to get some cute shots with Fuji in the background. After an amazing morning at lake Kawaguchiko, we headed off to our next stop.
We drove to FUJITEN, a ski resort, to play in the snow. It was a beautiful day!!
We had lunch at the cafeteria and ate Fuji shaped curry!! hahahaa gotta love it.
I'm not much of a snow girls (beach all day every day please) but it was fun to play around in the cold and bundle up with my beanie, boots and gloves (thanks mom). I didn't do any skiing this time around, just taking pics and enjoying nature.
Japanese people are legit snowboarders and skiers and I loved watching them shred down the mountain. I skied once in my life (it's hard) and so wish I could just cruise down the slopes! But I definitely need more practice.
COLD BUT HAPPY!!
Also, as most of you know, Japanese people are extremely active and I believe it's because this lifestyle is embedded in them from a young age. There were so many little kids doing ski lessons and they were so fearless and cute! Also, I saw a bunch of elderly people straight shreddddd down the mountain!! I was so impressed.
cutest little snow bunny.
There was a coffee and crepe stand right on the slopes and it made for the perfect snack.
CHOCOLATE OREO STRAWBERRY CREPE WITH ICE CREAM, YES LORD!!
Another amazing adventure with the Lims!
Wow...what a day experiencing the beauty of Mt. Fuji.
It's days like this that remind me of how incredibly blessed I am to live in Japan.
1 Chronicles 29:11
Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power
and the glory and the majesty and the splendor,
for everything in heaven and earth is yours.
Yours, Lord, is the kingdom;
you are exalted as head over all.