It’s been amazing to be back in Japan. To see the cherry blossoms has been a dream come true for me. Other than that, we have found a Japan that we didn’t know yet: one where eight people out of ten says our daughter is kawaii (cute), actively saying it out loud and even stopping to talk to her. However, we were also politely invited out of a restaurant when we walked in with her in the stroller – it remains to be discovered if because of the stroller or the baby in it…
We took the train to get to lake Kawaguchiko, one very near Mount Fuji. Seeing Mt. Fuji for the first time was absolutely incredible. Everybody knows mountains are big, but I had never seen something this big. Fuji-san is massive. Incredibly powerful looking, and it’s no wonder the Japanese consider it sacred – I think it has to do with the eruptions that occurred before and people thought it was a god’s doing (Asama, I think? – too lazy to check now).
There are a lot of tourists around here now, something else we hadn’t really experienced before, and there were a lot of them in one of the last trains we took. It was a bad experience, that one. Too hot, too crowded, too long. So we ended up staying at one of the ryokans next to the lake for the night. The next day we explored around and climbed up to Chureito pagoda, to have a full view of Fuji-san. With the cherry trees and the mountains views…it was mesmerizing.
Today we went back to Asakusa and Kappabashi dori. We walked a whole lot, but we saw many things we missed the other times and we walked the old streets of Tokyo around these neighborhoods that are just so heart filling.