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I was not sure if I had slept well. I woke up anyway by the sound of other members packing their stuff and changing clothes. I opened my eyes. Not a bad morning. Sitting up, I looked around. Babble of voices from everywhere. Maybe, everyone in the hut was awake to prepare their stuff, I had presumed. And that was correct.
When we went out of the hut, I found a line of light along the pathway of Mt. Fuji. Still dark, of course. We put on the head-lights and at 2:40, we began to walk finally to the summit to catch the sunrise.
As you know, we stayed at the Ninth. 9.5th station comes next walking for about 30 minutes which I took 40. And finally the top station, after 4:00, 40 minutes from 9.5th ! How could I believe in myself being at the summit of Mt. Fuji ? Climbers came in a line one after another with one same purpose “Sunrise”.
Not finished yet. We knew the morning was coming up and we needed to move to the best place where we could see the sunrise. 10 minutes more to walk along the crater. Other people also moved in the same direction just as the migration for an Oasis.
And around 4:40, it began to appear.
Voices of excitement and jubilation. I was so impressed by the charm and grace of its emergence. I’m so sorry that I can’t make the beauty well understood with only pictures. Seeing Mt. Fuji from various points is surely one of the pleasures but I’m sure now that seeing various points from Mt. Fuji is another pleasure for all of us.
By the way, we were not meant at the highest point of Mt. Fuji yet. To conquer this mountain, we need to walk further to “Kengamine Peak”. Of course we did.
On its way, we dropped at Sengentaisha-Okumiya Shrine.
Oh, I regret I’ve been forgetting to inform you that, at every station, they brand a proof of climbing on the alpenstock for ¥200. Would be a good memory for you !＾＾ See mine in the picture. Cool, isn’t it ?
There is a post office next to the shrine, that stands, needless to say, on the highest point in Japan. You can stamp or buy the Certificate there and mail it practially.
Anyway, we headed for the “Kengamine Peak”. The mountain slope was fairly steep. I walked for ten seconds, stopped for a rest for a minute, again began to walk, and stopped, finally got to the monument which definitely proved that we were at the highest spot in Japan. Was I profoundly moved to tears ? No, I just felt I was extremely activated or energized, or invigorated, or even refreshed ! Why ? Because……I can go home ! ミ(ﾉ´∀｀)ﾉ♪
Next time, I’ll report the way back to the Fifth !＾＾
Have a good day !
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