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Edmond Dantès 10-09-2009 05:10 AM

Mt. Fuji Climb On A Varadero
In 1823,176 years before the first Honda XL1000V Varadero rolled off the production lines in the Hamamatsu Plant, Shizuoka Prefecture, the ekiyo-e woodblock painter, Katsushika Hokusai's famous series known as, The 36 Views Of Mt. Fuji was first published.

The most famous view being: The Great Wave off Kanagawa

and Red Fuji
Red Fuji has to be the best known of Hokusai's works. Hokusai used only four colors in this picture yet manages to express the height and strong presence of the peek. I have actually seen the mountain looking just as Hokusai has painted it here.

One of my favorite pictures. View from Surugacho in Edo
Hokusai did not paint in any facial features with his people, yet they seem to express so much.
A short skip north of Nihonbashi in Tokyo, one finds the Mistukoshi Department Store on the left side of the street. Mitsui Hachiemon built a clothing store on this spot around 1655. The signs in the lower part of the picture announce,"No credit. Fixed prices. Fine clothing" "Cash payment only. Materials and thread."

I thought I'd have a ride out to Fuji and see if I could take my own 36 views of the mountain. I am sure Hokusai would not disapprove too much.
While I was at it, I thought I'd see how far up the mountain I could ride my bike!

GB 10-09-2009 05:13 AM

Thanks for the historical intro and pics :thumb

Let's see your 36 views of Mt. Fuji :lurk

samuraider 10-09-2009 06:37 AM


Edmond Dantès 10-09-2009 07:24 AM

Here's my Top Ten Tarantino Characters:

1.Jack Scagnetti
2.Seth Gecko
3.Sex Machine
4.Jules Winnfield
6.Mr. Pink
7.Red Apple Cigarettes
9.O-Ren Ishii
10.Hattori Hanzo
11.Mr. Blonde
12.Johnny Mo

I was mulling the list over while on the ride.

Edmond Dantès 10-09-2009 04:44 PM

Route 413
Getting there
There are two expressways that run out to the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park
from Tokyo. The Chuo Expressway and the Tomei Expressway. Both are fast and convenient. But if you have enough time I recommend Route 413. 413 can be found by riding the 412 out of Atsugi towards Sagami Lake. It’s a peach of a road. About 40 odd clicks from Sagami to Lake Yamanaka, the first of the Fuji Five Lakes. Most of the traffic is on the expressways which leaves this road empty for motorbikes. The huge bonus is there are hardly any traffic lights. If you have ridden a bike in a Japanese city you will be well aware that you can’t go 500 meters without a traffic effing light! I hate traffic lights.
No Autumn colors yet.

Once a proud army
Route 413 will plop you out near Lake Yamanaka, or if you don't pay attention, in lake Yamanaka.
Yamanaka is the first of the Five Fuji Lakes.
It is my least favorite lake. It is the most commercialized of the five. Shops, tacky souvenirs, tourist boats.

I decide to post up near the vending machine and get a buzz on.

Oh Georgia. I love you!

What's in that coffee? I am seeing things. Feels like I am in some weird Tchaikovsky ballet.

I am seeing pink swan boats. Leave the lake now!

Edmond Dantès 10-09-2009 05:31 PM

Vincent Vega Varadero
Vincent Vega needs to be on that list. How can I compile a top ten tarantino without V V ?

Follow the road to the next lake, Kawaguchi Lake.

View No.1 Varadero by Lake Kawaguchi

View No. 2 Fuji from Lake Kawaguchi Shoreline

View No. 3 12:05

View No. 4 Garden Party

View No.5 Rock The Boat

View No.6 Mirror Mirror

View No.7 The Far Rim Of Lake Kawaguchi

Fustercluck 10-09-2009 06:07 PM

Awesome pics, I really want to ride there someday.

Edmond Dantès 10-09-2009 08:30 PM

Following the road along lakeside drive leads one to Lake Saiko (pronounced Psycho) This lake is eerie especially in the winter when all is still and no one is around. The water is deep, dark and quiet. There is a large pine forest along the side of the lake that is a favorite spot for Japanese to go and commit suicide. Apparently compasses do not work in the wood due to iron in the soil. A few years ago I was riding through the wood on my KDX when the bike just cut out. It wouldn’t start for the longest time.


grizzzly 10-09-2009 10:02 PM

:clap :ear

Perp 10-09-2009 10:54 PM

Wow, very nice. Great ride report!

Edmond Dantès 10-10-2009 12:25 AM

View No. 8 The Ice Garden
On the grounds of this hotel during the winter months they have some pretty cool ice art. Still a tad warm for that. No snow on top of Fuji yet this autumn.

View No. 9 In A Grove

Following the road around brings you to the fourth Fuji Lake. Lake Shoji. This is the smallest of the five lakes.

View No. 10 Fuji At Shoji Lake

View No. 11 精進湖

View No. 12 3,778 Meters

Edmond Dantès 10-10-2009 05:52 AM

The roads around the lakes are great fun to ride.
Arrive at the last of the Five Lakes. Motosu Lake.
This is the deepest lake. I love the blue water color of this lake on a sunny day.

View No. 13 Fuji Through Motosu Lake Reeds

View No. 14 Varadero At Motosu Lake

View No. 15 The Lake Motosu Shoreline
(To make records with a mobile we didn't have much time)

View No.16 The Errant Bungy Cord

View No. 17. The Five Thousand Yen Bill
I am standing on the spot where the picture was painted for the old five thousand yen bill.
The note was suspended on April 2nd 2007 when a new design was introduced. Shame, I liked this bank note.
The obverse showed a picture of Nitobe Inazo a politician during the Meiji Period.

View No.18 Space Trucking

View No. 19 Layer Cake

Right, that's a wrap with the Five Lakes. The Five Lakes is a really good ride. Easy to do day trip from Tokyo. if you ever find yourself in the Tokyo area with a free day, rent a bike and ride the Five Lakes.

Now let's head a little closer to the mountain.

View No. 23. Somewhere North of Motosu

View No. 24 Same As View No.23 (but different)

View No. 25 High Plains Drifter

View No. 26 Aye Aye

View No. 28 Skate Punx
Ah, dude. I am totally bringing my board for this road.
Someone gotta hit this road up on a skateboard, might as well be me:wink: .

Lo-IQ 10-10-2009 06:07 AM

Nice I'm hoping to take my bike for a looky looky to Japan next spring as long as I've got the time and money spare.


This was my trip to japan

strawbobrob 10-10-2009 06:51 AM

Ichi Ban
Right bike, right mountain, write more!:D Liking this.

Edmond Dantès 10-10-2009 04:07 PM


Nice I'm hoping to take my bike for a looky looky to Japan next spring as long as I've got the time and money spare.
Lo-IQ, if you make it over and need any help, let me know.


Right bike, right mountain, write more!:D Liking this.
Thanks man.

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