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12 January 2009 @ 21:30
40 Non-famous Views of Mt Fuji  
I went to Shizuoka over the weekend, partly to see Tenimyu. Unfortunately, I didn't check the internet on Friday night and never saw any of the posts that said about half my flist were going too. I remember seeing some people in the train station on Saturday evening and thinking that if they were there for Tenimyu, then I either knew them or we had some mutual friends.

kuroe and I made the journey using entirely local trains, which cut the cost of travel in half. It also confused both the machines and the station staff, but we managed to sort it out. We ended up going later than we originally thought, which meant we saw the Shizuoka coastline and Mt Fuji at sunset.

It was dark when we got there, so we checked into our hotel and headed for the ruins of Sunpu-jou. We thought that we'd just look at the outside, but it turns out that it's fine to wander through the grounds at night. In the photo, you can see the restored gatehouse reflected in the moat. If you look closely, you might also be able to see the tons of koi carp that gather around the water-level lamps.

Inner gate // Ieyasu Tokugawa statue

Inside, there's a large park and a number of statues, including Ieyasu Tokugawa and a large white ball dedicated to Shizuoka's first honorary citizen. The photo of Ieyasu was difficult to get because it was so dark I couldn't see anything through the viewfinder. All I could do was point and guess, hoping the flash would do all the work.

Light display // Swan

These are a few shots of the city of Shizuoka. The last one has a swan in it, which we saw as we emerged from the ruins of Sunpu-jou.

The next morning, we got up early. Tenimyu was at midday and we hoped we could see Mt Fuji from Miho no Matsubara beforehand. Miho no Matsubara is famous for having one of the three scenic views of Fuji. For some reason though, the entire area seems near-inaccessible by public transport. We decided to go to the nearest station and just keep walking, which could have taken as little as an hour... or it could have taken much longer. I took these next pictures (and the second photo) just outside Shimizu station, next to the docks.

Ship // Docks

I really love all three of these pictures, since they capture the feeling of bright, early morning sunlight and a clear sky beautifully. It was like the harbour used a completely different colour scheme from real life. We kept walking and saw beautiful views of Fuji, but we also realised we weren't going to see the famous one and get to Tenimyu on time. We wandered around the marine park, which had a raised brick walkway that seemed straight out of Final Fantasy.

We hopped on a boat and went back to Shimizu Station, getting some of the best photos of Fuji on the way.

Mt Fuji // Mt Fuji // Mt Fuji // Tug boat // Mt Fuji // Mt Fuji // Mt Fuji

The last one and the third photo in this post are my favourite. They were taken on the boat, so you can really see the dark, clear water of the harbour.

Next, Tenimyu! It opened with a song I'm calling "One More Step", which was the theme for this musical. Shitenhouji's theme was something like "Shitenhou-houji" and both were pretty singable with breaks for quickly-spoken lines of dialogue. Both themes mixed well for the climax. We'll have fun with that when it comes out in karaoke format.

They had Sakuno in this one! Oh, and I really liked Konjiki and Hitouji doubles, but it's difficult to know how to respond properly to TnO's only canon gay pairing. Doesn't it play into homophobia, considering the target audience? The other character's reactions are key and they aren't positive in the slightest. I don't know... they're too much fun for me not to love. I'll try not to think too hard on this one.

Loved Tooyama, since his actor had so much energy. I definitely noticed him, plus Konjiki and Hitouji, dancing and wiggling whenever a Shitenhouji player was singing. And his wuxia battle with Ryouma and the end was... funny? Epic? Both?

I had an aisle seat, so there were a bunch of Tenimyu boys close to me. Akutsu strode past near the start of the second half and Tezuka and Shiraishi appeared for FGKS. I skipped over a lot of reviews of it earlier... would anyone like to link me to theirs now?

Afterwards, we headed to the Toro Ruins and saw Mt Fuji in sunset-pink in the distance. It was getting quite late by then, so I thought that we wouldn't be able to see much. However, there's no entrance charge and we were able to look around a site that was so important it spurred the creation of the Japanese Archaeology Association. I took a number of photos, but didn't like many of them as modern houses or blue tarpaulins were too easily seen in the background. The next photo, through careful use of angles, has the least evidence of modern life.

Reconstructed Yayoi-era house

After that, we boarded a local train and came back to Tokyo.

















 
 
 
Linstarrbeam on 12th January 2009 16:13 (UTC)
ehhh!!!?
I just got back from shizuoka
went to senshuraku :D
oh it was good XD
Williamgenkischuldich on 12th January 2009 16:16 (UTC)
Yeah... it's only now I'm back and reading my flist that I realise almost EVERYBODY did! XD
Linstarrbeam on 12th January 2009 16:19 (UTC)
lol that's crazy.
yea i didn't post it on lj, but I will tomorrow lol
at least you got time to travel
i went watched tenimyu then ran home ^^
Williamgenkischuldich on 12th January 2009 16:23 (UTC)
Yeah, I'm doing this for sightseeing reasons, so I give myself plenty of time. Tenimyu is a great excuse to get out of Tokyo.
Linstarrbeam on 12th January 2009 16:33 (UTC)
yea it is a really good reason
i want to go to fukokuka just go have a reason to go down and visit lol
Thomas Vye: Shigurui Gatesthomasvye on 12th January 2009 18:49 (UTC)
Hell yeah Sunpo jou! It is where Fujiki and Irako fight their last battle in Shigurui. (At least I think it will be their final battle - I will fume if anyone makes it out alive! >)

I loved Shizuoka, thought it was a very nice city. :)
Williamgenkischuldich on 13th January 2009 09:25 (UTC)
Shigurui was important enough to be listed on the Wikipedia page many times over, and I did think of you when I read it. :)

I preferred Niigata slightly, almost entirely due to being able to paddle in the sea with tiny fish.
Thomas Vye: Irako Katanathomasvye on 13th January 2009 10:28 (UTC)
Shigurui is really superb - I wanted to visit Sunpu Jo because of it really, but when I got there and went into their little museum, I was so reminded of work (I work in a museum too) that I just loved it and it's staff in it's own right. They built the reconstruction with traditional methods; they had a big photographic exhibition about the project. I even talked to the staff about it. ^-^
Williamgenkischuldich on 13th January 2009 10:42 (UTC)
Sounds like I missed a nice exhibit by doing everything out of hours, but I think it's great to be able to wander around so freely at night. :)
くらやみひみつkurayamihimitsu on 12th January 2009 23:31 (UTC)
XDDD Omg you went too? I went to the evening show on Sunday! Though me, Adele, and my friend Erynn spent our time in Atami the first night. <333
Williamgenkischuldich on 13th January 2009 09:27 (UTC)
Yeah... me and my whole flist, it seems, with no one telling anyone else. We changed at Atami though...
くらやみひみつkurayamihimitsu on 13th January 2009 10:11 (UTC)
which showing did you go to see?

XD I think if you're taking the regular train, you have no choice but to change at Atami.
Williamgenkischuldich on 13th January 2009 10:14 (UTC)
Midday, Sunday.
Rae: Misc// I'm going placesguiltyschu on 13th January 2009 00:59 (UTC)
Shizuoka looks so pretty! And such great views of Mt. Fuji as well. I'll have to add it to my 'places to visit one day' list. :D
Williamgenkischuldich on 13th January 2009 09:28 (UTC)
It was nice, but you should also try Niigata City, which has a lovely ocean with tiny fish. I guess it's kind of telling that that is unusual around here.
Jess: Avatar - Aang Flying Smilehideincarnate on 13th January 2009 09:04 (UTC)
Mt. Fujiiiiiiiiiiii
Williamgenkischuldich on 13th January 2009 09:46 (UTC)
Yeah, I want to finally climb it this year. :)
Floor No Battleblodeuedd on 13th January 2009 16:50 (UTC)
I want to climb it too!

And yeah, I was in Shizuoka as well (with Jill and Erynn), Sunday evening show.

I know what you mean about the "canon gay pairing". It bugged me more in the OVA (haven't read the manga, but I'm assuming it's the same?), what with all the other characters' reactions. I couldn't decide how to feel about it: sure, it's aimed at young boys, so it's only to be expected, but... >_<

With the musical, though, they're just so much fun that I don't care. ^_^
Williamgenkischuldich on 15th January 2009 13:01 (UTC)
Shame we couldn't meet up. Mind you, we had to leave early Sunday to get the local trains all the way back.

I'm glad someone else knows what I'm talking about with those two. :)
Floor No Battleblodeuedd on 15th January 2009 13:30 (UTC)
We left Shizuoka at 9 and I didn't get home until nearly 1 a.m. -_-;

I don't expect much from canon gay characters in shounen series, but I'm usually a little disappointed all the same. At least Yuu Yuu Hakusho did it right -- Sensui and Itsuki were bad guys, sure, but their gayness was not played for laughs (maybe Kuwabara went bug-eyed at it, but that's it), and their love was quite touching (and sad).

Still... Synchro with noseplugs! XD
キモさ満々♡ 미친 외국인dilettantka on 13th January 2009 13:50 (UTC)
Your pictures are so pretty! D:

Here's my write-up on it
and a little addition here.
Williamgenkischuldich on 15th January 2009 13:01 (UTC)
Thanks for the links. It was a great read. You really have an amazing memory.
Kat Mastersevil_kat on 15th January 2009 11:55 (UTC)
You should come to Okinawa!
Williamgenkischuldich on 15th January 2009 13:02 (UTC)
It's one of the places I've been considering this year, actually. Any particular recommendations?
Kat Mastersevil_kat on 15th January 2009 21:21 (UTC)
Come in the summer or spring, at least. Right now it's fairly chilly, and since the ocean here is money, it'd be sad if you came and couldn't even go in the water!


There are beautiful beaches and islands here, lots of outdoors things (kayaking, snorkeling, diving, hiking, etc.) and it's a cool amagalation of Japanese, Chinese, and the original RYu Kyu kingdom culture.
Williamgenkischuldich on 16th January 2009 10:17 (UTC)
Thanks for the tips. I have lots of time off in the summer, but I wasn't sure about heading south when Tokyo is already unbearably hot. I guess you've got a sea breeze which takes the edge off.