One of Mother Nature’s most breathtaking works of art, Diamond Fuji, is when the sun rises and sets perfectly so that it aligns right at the top of Mt. Fuji making it look like a diamond, hence the name. It is said to take place only a few times a year particularly November through January. For Japanese people, it’s popular to hike up Mt. Takao or around the Fuji Five Lakes area during the early morning hours on New Year’s Day because one can witness Diamond Fuji. It’s a spectacular way to kick off the new year.
This was my first time seeing Diamond Fuji in person, and I took this photo around 5 P.M. from the Sunshine 60 building in Ikebukuro. There is an observatory on the 60th floor called the Sky Circus where you can see Mt. Fuji on a clear day. Other options for a Mt. Fuji sighting include the Tokyo Skytree in Asakusa and the Shinjuku Metropolitan Government building.
People cheered when the sun went behind the mountain as a gesture of gratitude for a spectacular show by Mother Nature.