fuji san

glimpse of white

shedding winter snow

fuji san

                                                                                                                                                  Mount Fuji seen from across Lake Hakone. At the top of that wooded mountain in the middle foreground one looks down across a valley to the city of Gotemba nestled at the base of Fuji and then your eyes are drawn upwards to the majesty of that Japanese icon. More images of that view at sunset will come.

crowded pond

food frenzy

pampered sacred carp

eat float swim

At shrines and historic places in Japan a strategically placed pond of carp are often a a highlight for visitors.

Coloured Carp have a cultural significance, especially golden ones, signifying regal importance as seen in

the first image, and white with large  red dots signifying the national flag. This pond of feeding carp was at

the Glover Museum in Nagasaki that we visited in 1990. I have been scanning my way through our slide

collection and will share more Haibun across the year.