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Christmas Day Sunset

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Sunset on a Christmas Day as seen from Namsan, Seoul

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Mount Fuji Toilet Signs

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The phone can wait

A toilet in the mountain is like a bottomless hole, that deep I presume. What goes in is impossible to retrieve. You’ve been warned by means of a sign. Almost all toilets have no sink in order to conserve water. One needs to use the hand sanitizer (if provided by your hut) instead. No faucet showering, and no tooth brushing, even if you’ve booked a hut. Awareness have been made possible through these toilets signs, including their hope that you’ll safely climb Mount Fuji.

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Conserve water in the mountain

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Have a safe climb, says the toilet

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Unexpected freebie since everything is costly up there

Toilet Coin Bottle

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Toilets are available at the huts along the Yoshida trail of Mount Fuji where each usage is understandably expensive at 200 yen. The higher you go, the higher the ‘donation’, and so it’s 300 yen at the summit. Some toilets have high tech vending machine like repository for coins, but a couple, or three of them use repurposed plastic bottle as receptacle for dropping in at least two 100 yen coins.

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Picture Trail Sign

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Though I couldn’t read the written characters, it is very clear from the picture sign that one should not enter this particular trail in Mount Fuji. Pictures signs are universal, and in Japan they are widely use.

Arakurayama Jaunt

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Ascending and the trail is still a bit wide from here

I was thinking that if my legs were mildly sore from the Mount Fuji trek, then perhaps a short hike to the top of Mount Arakura (Arakurayama) the following day might be soothing, plus I get to see Fujiyoshida City from above.

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At the goten, I was on a supposed to be a good spot to have a pleasurable view of Mount Fuji from afar. But since it’s summer, Fujisan is hardly visible due to the haze, but since it’s summer then it’s a good time to climb Mount Fuji instead, which I did.

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The top of Mount Arakura

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Hanging gong

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Hammer to strike the suspended gong

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Sign at the goten (viewing spot)

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Fujiyoshida City on a plateau as seen from the goten

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Another view from the goten

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Almost at the end of the descent

Pulag Episode

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Hiker moment above the clouds

Hiking up the long but easy trail from the ranger station to one of the peaks of Mount Pulag three hours before sunrise was pleasant, notwithstanding it was still dark. Upon reaching Peak 2, we waited for few minutes just in time for the sun to come out behind the clouds. It was amazing looking down at the clouds while still on land, albeit on top of the mountain.

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Pre-sunrise view

When the sun was already way too high, as indicated by the transition of golden light to white light, it was time to ascent to the summit, still fairly easy. Up there, shadow casts on the summit marker and it was tempting to pee in the middle of the thick dwarf bamboo bushes (but of course I didn’t).

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Sunrise

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Blinding light

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The marker on the summit

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The bushes on the summit

Eats with Love

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Food signs with love at Mount Pulag ranger station, one of the starting point for hiking to Mount Pulag’s summit.

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The Ainokura Way of Grilling

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Grilling in an Ainokura way

Trout from the mountain streams are grilled with salt in skewers over live charcoals in an almost standing position. It’s a local fare in Ainokura, a remote but very lovely mountain village in Gokayama region.

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Tastes really smoky good when cooked that I consumed two sticks

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Fish almost fully-cooked

Population Explosion

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Mountain covered with houses at maximum capacity, as seen inside a moving vehicle on the road between La Trinidad city proper and Baguio City.

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Kulambo Nights

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Sleeping with kulambo (mosquito net) is a must for nights in the bukid, or mountain, or in any place surrounded by nature. More so if the dwelling is not screened.

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No mosquitos in this mountain inn but moths, beetles, and other flying night critters that may bother one’s sleep

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