Operation Yuki: 31st December 2012 and 1st Jaunary 2013
You’re probably wondering, what am I now only doing a blog entry for 31st and 1st? What happened to the other days I was here?! Well I was mostly shooting film for those days except for Comiket but I have yet to sort through those photos and I hope to have those up and blogged about end of this month but I think there has been enough coverage about Comiket 83 for me to be able to add anything additional that is worthwhile.
So now let’s move onto the night of 31st December 2012, the last day of 2012!!!!
That is ONE LONG LINE!!!!!
Though unlike other countries, there isn’t really much partying when the new year happens. Just the usual congratulatory and stuff.
Unfortunately, I don’t have any clear shots in the coin tossing area as I was literally tossed and shove by people trying to either get in the area or out of it.
But it was time to leave if I was going to make it to see the first sunrise of the year. Where to? Mount Takao. Some of you may remember that I went there back in 2009 but shot mainly on film so there weren’t any shots shown then.
Unlike other nights in Tokyo during the new year, the trains would continue to run and not stop at 1am. Though the it was at a much lower capacity then would be be at day time. Expect 1 train for every 20 minutes at average instead of the usual 1 train for every 3 minutes.
Getting Takaosanguchi wasn’t the tough part
The actual best place to go was to go up to the elevation of 839 meter at the end of trail #1 but that would have taken me at least 3 hours plus on a good day, a warm day I might add. Seeing how cold it was, I decided to opt for the 599 meter elevation instead, trouble was, so did everyone else.
I did go around searching for a good spot but due to the low height, most of the good spots were blocked by trees. There was this clear area but everyone had camped around hoping to see a clear view as well. If I ever get the chance again, I would have skipped the temple visit and started to hike up trail #1 up at 6pm with better warm clothing of course.
But anyway, after squeezing, pushing and some shoving, I managed to get a good clear shot of the sunrise at 7am (it started at 6:37am)
It was time to leave once I had my shot but just as it was tough to get here, it was doubly hard just to get back made worse by the cold temperature. By the time I got back it was 11am and I fell straight to sleep after packing away my stuff, it was the best sleep I’ve had in a long while.