Discovering Lake Miyagase 2021.04.29
The initial parking lot area and market areas - both indoor and outdoor, had distracted us from noticing the huge parking area that lay beyond. As we made our way down a short flight of stairs, I gasped in astonishment when I set my eyes on the pitched space that was filled with tens of motorcycles and cars. It seemed a popular and regular way of passing time on sunshiny and beautiful days like the one we were experiencing. People were casually strewn about and lounged together in groups of three and four, decked out in their motorcycling gear - heavy boots, leather jackets and pants. They smoked and just seemed to be chilling. I was surprised by the sheer number of cycling enthusiasts that were present. It dispelled the idea that I had of Japanese people being supremely cautious and heavily cultured. They just looked so western. There were family cars as well but the kids were down in the more scenic areas keeping their parents busy. As we turned away from the peculiar scene, we stood still for a moment to take in the view that lay before us. To get to the lake’s side we had to first undertake a trek down a long flight of stairs. As it is with stairs, going down is easy. Climbing up would be the challenge. We stopped to take a few photos from the vantage point and then began our descent, passing mostly old couples with their dogs along the way. It encouraged me. If they could walk up the stairs so comfortably, in the next couple of hours I could do it too. When we got to the base of the stairway, we were not sure how to proceed as the path split into three without a clear indication of where we would end up. I was sure although they were all looped and some paths disappeared out of sight that they would all connect at some point and we would not miss anything on our sightseeing adventure. We strolled along a quiet, empty ledge-like trail after we had decided to be adventurous. From that walkway there was a great opportunity to capture shots contrasting all the natural elements at the spot. The mountain glowed emerald and gold in the sunlight, the water sparkled like diamonds and sapphires while the flora glistened like rubies and topaz. Overhead the sky was a deep blue and set a backdrop for everything like yards of fine silk.
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