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Fujikawaguchiko & Tokyo Day 9: Mount Fuji Views, Kawaguchiko Natural Living Center & Oishi Park

My 2016 Japan travelogue so far:
Osaka Day 1: Ana Crowne Plaza & Sennichimae Doguyasuji
Osaka Day 2: Osaka Station, Kuromon Market & Dotonbori
Nara Day 3: Todai-ji, Cheeky Deer & Fall Foliage
Osaka + Kyoto Day 4: Nishiki Market & Len Kyoto Kawaramachi
Kyoto Day 5: Kiyomizu-dera, Sannen-zaka & Ninen-zaka (Part 1)
Kyoto Day 5: Kōdai-ji (Part 2)
Kyoto Day 6: Autumn At Beautiful Arashiyama & Kyoto Station
Kyoto Day 7: Fushimi Inari Taisha & Yasaka Shrine
Kyoto & Mishima Day 8: Shinkansen & Beautiful Mishima (Part 1)
Fujikawaguchiko Day 8: Kagelow & Kawaguchiko (Part 2)

What’s the most perfect thing to wake up to when one is staying at Fujikawaguchiko? If you’re lucky like us, that means you get to admire Mount Fuji at dawn and sunrise. My initial plan was to go to Chureito Pagoda at Arakura Sengen Shrine before dawn and wait for the sunrise and view Mount Fuji. However, I cancelled it the last moment since it’ll be quite a hassle using public transport because the timing won’t match with our next agenda. Besides, our rooms at Kagelow Mt Fuji Hostel has Mount Fuji view. So, it’s a win-win situation no matter what.

When I woke up around 5.45am, the sky was still dark. So, I went back to bed (slept on tatami), which is actually just beside the window. Then at 6am, Mount Fuji finally appeared! I quickly woke my sis and together we sat there, admiring this beautiful gigantic beast and of course busy clicking away. “Wahhh”, “Wowww”, “So prettyyyy”, “Oh my GOD”, “So so BEAUTIFULLLLLL” are some of the words that came out from my mouth. My heart was full looking at Fujisan. It was our lucky day.

Mount Fuji At Dawn & Sunrise @ Kagelow Mt Fuji Hostel, Fujikawaguchiko
Mount Fuji view at different times (between dawn and after sunrise) taken from our room.
💗❤️💝💘 Ahh, the beginning of a PERFECT day!
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Of all the flowers in the world, chrysanthemum is the only flower that is widely available in any florists in Malaysia. Don’t you agree, fellow Malaysians?

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Chinese New Year Chrysanthemums

A visit to plant nursery is necessary whenever Chinese New Year is coming. We buy potted plants and flowers to beautify our home. With only a week left to CNY, all I saw mostly at my regular plant nursery is chrysanthemum. I didn’t buy the mums though instead I bought 2 other flowering plants which I’ve no idea of their names and a lime plant. Haha

To me, chrysanthemum has always been a regular flower. A flower that’s too normal to my liking. However I’m starting to appreciate its beauty more in recent years. I searched the web for the reason why chrysanthemum is a favorite choice during CNY and come to a zero conclusion. LOL There are various reason stated such as nobility, longevity, perfection, joy… Mmmm thinking hard, I guess chrysanthemum symbolizes all the above. 😉

Let’s appreciate the beauty of chrysanthemums…

Sea Of Chrysanthemums

Sea of chrysanthemums.

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Flowers & Weeds

Right after a brief visit to the bamboo trees, I walked to the next neighbor’s yard. Pretty red and white flowers are what attracts me to her mini garden.

This ain’t a good composition.
Anyway just wanna show you the flowers.
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Bougainvilleas & Blue Pots!

Remember the lovely daisy and chrysanthemum flowers which I posted for Chinese New Year 2010? Yeah we went back to that nursery again. This time my mom wanted to get a new palm tree to add extra umph to our home and replace a recently ‘cha to mou tak cheng’ herbal plant. Haha

Bougainvillea Leaves

That was a Sunday. I remembered the morning of that day. It was the prettiest Sunday morning in 2010 (so far). It was also the day I tagged along with my parents to the cool rattan shop before stopping at the plant nursery.

Unfortunately it was noon when we reached the nursery. The pretty day had turned into a hot and windy afternoon. I stayed close by the car. The last 2 shots below were taken from inside the car actually. LOL.

Come feast your eyes on these pretty bougainvilleas (leaves only actually haha) and my current obsession: BLUE POTS!!! They’re so pretty oi.

Bougainvilleas & Pots
Sparkling pots. Love the bokeh.

Wooden planks found ‘stranded’ under a shade.

Bonsai Bougainvillea
Bonsai bougainvillea.
Pretty but not grand enough. Need to back off a little since 50mm is tight.

More Blue Pots
Ahh yeah blue pots!

Blue Pots
My obsession!!! I LOVE BLUE.

Sprouting Leaves
The lazy shot which I took from inside the car. Kekeke. Turned out not bad la ya?

Reach For The Sky!
Reach for the sky!
Another lazy shot. I like this picture a lot.

That’s all. 🙂

p/s: Took quite a few purple/red bougainvillea pictures but they turned out bad. The color bleeds hell! I read that’s a problem with all Nikon cameras even the ‘keng chow’ D3X also have this problem.