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This page continues December 19th, at 4:12:00, just as the sun creates the "Diamond" on "Diamond Fuji" Day 2015. Of course this is not a one day only phenomenon, it can happen for 3 or 4 days around the Winter Solstice, but one needs clear weather AND the opportunity to make it to the summit of Mt. Takao. This page also shows one "Diamond Fuji" photo from each of the years that I have witnessed it. In addition, You can also find a list of mountains which we climbed during 2015 on this page.  Click on any thumbnail to begin.

December 19th Continues (at 4:12:00 PM)
  The first shot in this row was taken at 4:12:00 and a lot of people are "ohhhh-ing" and "ahhhhh-ing" about now. The second shot was taken at 4:12:06 and this is pretty much the best Diamond Effect from this particular sunset. The third shot is the same photo as the second one, cropped and adjusted to accentuate the Diamond.
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  Now, at 4:12:10, the sun is gone! The second shot was taken at 4:12:24 and the third shot at 4:12:56. In all three of these shots you can see the powder snow blowing around at the Mt. Fuji summit.
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  The first shot was taken at 4:13:20. The second and third shots were taken looking more to the right of Mt. Fuji and show the sun rays over in that direction.
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  As I looked up through this heavily galled Oak Tree I noticed the moon sitting there saying "I too am photogenic" so I took some shots of it, as well as pointing it out to some other folks who seemed not to notice it. One guy asked me if I could please move it so that it would be directly over Mt. Fuji, but I told him that I could not except with Photoshop.
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  Here is a final shot, zoomed in, of that moon. It was shot at 4:29:48. The second image is a 2-shot panorama of Mt. Fuji shot at 4:34 PM. The third image is the final shot for this year and was taken at 4:43 PM.
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End December 19th, Begin Past Year's Diamond Fuji's
  The first shot in this row was taken on December 27, 2008 at 4:18:55 PM, a good year. The second shot was taken on December 19, 2009 at 4:12:56 PM, also a pretty good year. The third shot was taken on December 23, 2010 at 4:14:02 PM, and also a pretty good year.
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  The first shot in this row was taken on December 26, 2011 at 4:14:02 PM, a pretty good year. The second shot was taken on December 24, 2012 at 4:16:50 PM, a very poor year.
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  The first shot was taken on December 21, 2013 at 4:12:50 PM, a poor year for Diamond Fuji viewing. The second shot was taken on December 19, 2014 at 4:17:52 PM, a decent year.
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End Past Year's Diamond Fuji's, Begin Mountains Climbed During 2015

  Here you can find a list of all the mountains which we, or I alone, climbed during Calendar Year 2015. Note that only 22 mountains were climbed during 2015 - although certainly not 22 different ones. Numbers in parenthesis (e.g. #108) indicate the number of times I have climbed that mountain since I've been in Japan. You might notice that we only climbed 6 new mountains during 2015.

Mountains Climbed During 2015
No. Date Mountain Name Elev., Ft. Elev., M. Location

1

Mar-22-2015 Mt. Takao (#108) 1,965 599 Tokyo, Takao Area

2

Mar-22-2015 Mt. Kobotoke-Shiro-yama (#53) 2,199 670 Tokyo, Takao Area

3

Apr-12-2015 Mt. Kobotoke-Shiro-yama (#54) 2,199 670 Tokyo, Takao Area

4

Apr-12-2015 Mt. Kagenobu-yama (#12) 2,385 727 Tokyo, Takao Area

5

May-02-2015 Mt. Kurotake (#6) 5,882 1,793 Kawaguchi Lake Area

6

May-03-2015 Mt. Kiritou-yama (#2) 4,283 1,305 Nagano Prefecture

7

May-23-2015 Mt. Takao (#109) 1,965 599 Tokyo, Takao Area

8

May-23-2015 Mt. Kobotoke-Shiro-yama (#55) 2,199 670 Tokyo, Takao Area

9

May-30-2015 Mt. Kobotoke-Shiro-yama (#56) 2,199 670 Tokyo, Takao Area

10

May-30-2015 Mt. Takao (#110) 1,965 599 Tokyo, Takao Area

11

Aug-08-2015 Pilot Rock 5,909 1,801 Jackson County, Oregon, U.S.A.

12

Sep-20-2015 Mt. Katakurdake (#2) 4,724 1,440 Akita Prefecture, Japan

13

Sep-20-2015 Amida-Ike (#2) 5,036 1,535 Akita Prefecture

14

Sep-20-2015 Mt. Odake 5,325 1,623 Akita Prefecture

15

Sep-20-2015 Mt. Yokodake (#3) 5,194 1,583 Akita Prefecture

16

Sep-20-2015 Mt. Yakemori (#2) 5,089 1,551 Akita Prefecture

17

Sep-21-2015 Mt. Sasamori 4,639 1,414 Akita Prefecture

18

Sep-21-2015 Mt. Yumori 4,828 ,472 Akita Prefecture

19

Sep-21-2015 Mt. Zarumori 5,056 1,541 Akita Prefecture

20

Sep-21-2015 Mt. Nyutou 4,847 1,478 Akita Prefecture

21

Oct-26-2015 Mt. Fuji Fifth Station (Subashiri) (#3) 7,562 2,305 Yamanashi Prefecture

22

Dec-20-2015 Mt. Takao (#111) 1,965 599 Tokyo, Takao Area

Mountains Climbed During 2015

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