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November 14, 2015

Fujigoko (富士五湖), or Fuji Five Lakes in English, is a Japanese national treasure of exquisite and unbelievable beauty. My two favorite lakes are Motosu and Shōji. They are my favorite because the shorelines have not been overrun by hotels, shops, and parking lots like Kawaguchiko, Saiko, and Yamanakako lakes.

Five Lakes Panorama

The fall colors were in full display when I visited...and the views were stunning!

Nothing lasts forever...

From the withering grass to the fading flower

Of their glorious beauty - only a memory of the sensations remains

Yet fading each day

The trees of the forest carry on

Ceaselessly their song of commemoration and wonder

An instruction carried upon the wind for all to hear

An indefatigable reminder to seek the true purpose and love that is hidden

Hidden like a treasure within us all

Lake Motosu

The beauty and wonder of both fall and winter captured in one photograph.

stunning fall colors

While searching for a view of Mount Fuji unfettered by power lines and radio towers we came across an abandoned Shinto Shrine. The place was eerie with an eldritch vibe. We did not stick around too long.

Suski and Fuji

Pressing on we came across a vista of Lake Motosu and the Southern Japanese Alps - the right most peak (not obscured by the clouds) is Mount Kita - at 3193 meters tall she is the second tallest mountain in Japan, after Mount Fuji.

Fall colors and Mount Fuji

To see more photos, check out this Google Photos Album here.

Isaac Tait

Fallfish Tenkara is the brainchild of Isaac Tait who now lives in New England but dreams of returning, one day, to Japan. You should follow him on Twitter.