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Diamond Fuji Wows Crowds in Tokyo

Posted By on Jan 30, 2014

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Diamond Fuji, a sight which occurs only twice a year, refers to when the setting sun aligns behind Mt. Fuji, giving the summit a diamond glow. It is mesmerizing, enchanting. People congregate at high viewing spots in the city and closer to Fuji to witness the event. Some popular viewing spots are Mt. Takao, Lake Yamanaka (where “double Diamond Fuji,” the original and reflection made in the water) can be seen, and various observatories throughout Tokyo City.

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One much publicized spot this year, as featured in Time Out Tokyo, was Sunshine 60 Observatory in Ikebukuro’s Sunshine City. The 60th floor observatory on this chilly day was packed as the sun began its western descent. As we all know, the early bird catches the worm. This couldn’t have been truer for the elderly visitors who camped out at the west-facing observation windows with professional cameras to capture the event with eyes and lenses. As the crowds built in anticipation of the effect right before 5PM, the observation area grew hotter with sunlight and people. All the discomfort melted away as the sun itself melted behind Fuji, or so it appeared. Despite the clouds, the silhouette of Fuji grew to a discernible state as the sun lit it brightly from behind. Crowds crew their breath, and the sound of camera shutters perforated the air. It was absolutely beautiful.  Though many descended immediately after the sun set, many stayed to enjoy the beauty of the expansive city with its lights twinkling endlessly.

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While the next Diamond Fuji won’t occur for some time, the anticipation will only make it more exciting. Mark your calendars. November isn’t as far away as it seems.

[post by Nadia]

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