Brocken Spectre Atop Mount Fuji

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Mount Fuji (Fujisan) at 3776 meters is Japan

Mount Fuji (Fujisan) at 3776 meters is Japan

At sunrise we push onward above the ninth station toward the summit as layers of cloud fill the tea-leaved valley floor while a ball of sun slowly peeks over the Pacific rim illuminating bright red Buddhist torii until we reach the very top of volcanic Fuji-san and listen to chanting monks all the while staring intently at our mountain's pyramidic shadow moving quickly across wooden-templed Honshu Island.