After the previous day of thick clouds and intermittent rain, I dragged myself out of warm blankets in the middle of the night in the hopes of catching the magical moment of Mt. Fuji at sunrise (4:31 am). Hardly any other humans were up and about, yet swans were exercising full monopoly over the lake, hawks and egrets flew overhead and carp swished around in the shallower areas of the lake. Water on the lake is calmest before the sun rises and the wind picks up. With the wind and water so still, it was the perfect environment to get in tune with the world of nature. While clouds unfortunately obscured the mighty mountain at the last minute, seeing a different side of beautiful Lake Yamanaka on this May morning made it worth the early start.
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