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This page continues April 28th at 2:40 PM near Asagiri Kogen. We are still near Kawaguchi Lake. This page will take you through the end of this adventure - on April 29th - and those are the final photos of the month. Click on any thumbnail to begin.

April 28th Continues From Page 3
  We are still hiking in the Asagiri Kogen Area and here are some more specimens of Viola orientalis in first position. That photo is followed by 2 nice shots of Mt. Fuji.
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Apr28_118_NearAsagiri
Kogen_Viola_orientalis_RC
Apr28_125_NearAsagiriKogen_MtFuji_RC
Apr28_125_Near
AsagiriKogen_MtFuji_RC
Apr28_127_128_Stitch_NearAsagiriKogen_MtFuji_RC
Apr28_127_128_Stitch_
NearAsagiriKogen_MtFuji_RC

  Here is a shot of me with Mt. Fuji in the background and also a shot of Kazuya with Mt. Fuji in the background. The 3rd shot was taken at Asagiri Kogen Roadhouse with a considerable degree of zoom and it shows the backside of some Viola orientalis.
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April28th_204_
AsagiriKougen_RC
Apr28_130_NearAsagiriKogen_Kazuya_RC
Apr28_130_NearAsagiri
Kogen_Kazuya_RC
Apr28_134_AsagiriKogenRoadHouse_Viola_orientalis_RC
Apr28_134_AsagiriKogen
RoadHouse_Viola_orientalis_RC

  Both shots in this row were taken at Asagiri Kogen Roadhouse. To get the first shot I again used a considerable degree of zoom, but for the 2nd one I snuck up on the plant and shot it. These photos both show the backside of Viola orientalis.
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Apr28_144_AsagiriKogen
RoadHouse_Viola_orientalis_RC
Apr28_147_AsagiriKogenRoadHouse_Viola_orientalis_RC
Apr28_147_AsagiriKogen
RoadHouse_Viola_orientalis_RC

  Here is a great shot of Mt. Fuji from the bus stop at Asagiri Kogen Roadhouse. The final shot shows the Fried Shrimp dinner we had. We always go to the same restaurant for dinner when we visit Kawaguchi Lake and we always get the Fried Shrimp. It's not especially fancy, but it's certainly delicious - and the shrimp are huge!
Apr28_154_AsagiriKogenRoadHouse_MtFuji_RC
Apr28_154_Asagiri
KogenRoadHouse_MtFuji_RC
Apr28_157_Kawaguchi_Lake_FriedShrimpSupper_RC
Apr28_157_Kawaguchi_
Lake_FriedShrimpSupper_RC
End April 28th, Begin April 29th
  Now we begin April 29th - and we will be back at home this evening. We got up early to catch the first bus to where we wanted to go - the closest bus stop to Hahanoshira Waterfall. We are hiking up towards the waterfall now and we have found our first Viola mirabilis var. subglabra. This is the violet which we specifically came here to find! We are already happy. The 3rd shot is a really nice example of Trillium tschonoskii. Do not confuse this with the Trillium smallii shown on Page 3 in Row 24.
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_mirabilis_var_subglabra_RC
Apr29_02_KawaguchiLake_Viola_mirabilis_var_subglabra_RC
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_mirabilis_var_subglabra_RC
Apr29_06_KawaguchiLake_Trillium_tschonoskii_RC
Apr29_06_KawaguchiLake
_Trillium_tschonoskii_RC

  Here are 3 more shots of Trillium tschonoskii. It's easy to see why the other species is named Trillium smallii when one compares the size of these 2 Trilliums.
Apr29_08_KawaguchiLake_Trillium_tschonoskii_RC
Apr29_08_KawaguchiLake
_Trillium_tschonoskii_RC
Apr29_15_KawaguchiLake_Trillium_tschonoskii_RC
Apr29_15_KawaguchiLake
_Trillium_tschonoskii_RC
April29th_04_Hahanoshira_KachiKachi_RC
April29th_04_Hahano
shira_KachiKachi_RC

  Here are 3 shots of a colorful Viola tokubuchiana var. takedana.
Apr29_20_KawaguchiLake_Viola_tokubuchiana_var_takedana_RC
Apr29_20_KawaguchiLake_Viola
_tokubuchiana_var_takedana_RC
Apr29_24_KawaguchiLake_Viola_tokubuchiana_var_takedana_RC
Apr29_24_KawaguchiLake_Viola
_tokubuchiana_var_takedana_RC
Apr29_28_KawaguchiLake_Viola_tokubuchiana_var_takedana_RC
Apr29_28_KawaguchiLake_Viola
_tokubuchiana_var_takedana_RC

  As we hike further we come to a place where we have this nice view of Mt. Fuji and some blooming Cherry Trees. In the 1st photo note the house - nice place to live, eh! Unfortunately there is a huge highway just below the house, so the poor people there always have the sounds of traffic - 24/7/365! Sad!
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Apr29_33_Kawaguchi
Lake_Scenery_Fuji_RC
Apr29_34_35_36_Fused_KawaguchiLake_Scenery_Fuji_RC
Apr29_34_35_36_Fused_
KawaguchiLake_Scenery_Fuji_RC
Apr29_37_KawaguchiLake_Scenery_Fuji_RC
Apr29_37_Kawaguchi
Lake_Scenery_Fuji_RC

  Here is an example of Chloranthus japonicus in first position. That's followed by a beautiful shot of Viola eizanensis in 2nd position. In 3rd position is a nice example of Viola rossii - note the curly leaves.
Apr29_43_KawaguchiLake_Chloranthus_japonicus_RC
Apr29_43_KawaguchiLake
_Chloranthus_japonicus_RC
Apr29_53_KawaguchiLake_Viola_eizanensis_RC
Apr29_53_KawaguchiLake
_Viola_eizanensis_RC
Apr29_62_KawaguchiLake_Viola_rossii_RC
Apr29_62_Kawaguchi
Lake_Viola_rossii_RC

  Here is another shot of a Viola rossii - again, note the curled up leaves. This is a distinctive feature of this species in the early spring. In 2nd and 3rd position are some shots of Viola mirabilis var. subglabra - remember, this is the species which we came here specifically to find.
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Apr29_71_Kawaguchi
Lake_Viola_rossii_RC
Apr29_83_KawaguchiLake_Viola_mirabilis_var_subglabra_RC
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_mirabilis_var_subglabra_RC
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_mirabilis_var_subglabra_RC

  Here is another shot of Viola mirabilis var. subglabra, followed by an example of Viola collina. In this shot you can see a dried up flower. Unfortunately we did not find any fresh flowers on this species at all! We were disappointed in that. In 3rd position can be found Scopalia japonica - a poisonous plant, but pretty.
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Apr29_92_KawaguchiLake_Viola
_mirabilis_var_subglabra_RC
April29th_60_Hahanoshira_KachiKachi_RC
April29th_60_Hahano
shira_KachiKachi_RC
Apr29_109_KawaguchiLake_Scopalia_japonica_RC
Apr29_109_KawaguchiLake
_Scopalia_japonica_RC

  Here are 2 additional shots of Scopalia japonica and those are followed by a really nice shot of Viola rossii.
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Apr29_114_KawaguchiLake
_Scopalia_japonica_RC
Apr29_111_KawaguchiLake_Scopalia_japonica_RC
Apr29_111_KawaguchiLake
_Scopalia_japonica_RC
Apr29_123_KawaguchiLake_Viola_rossii_RC
Apr29_123_Kawaguchi
Lake_Viola_rossii_RC

  Here is another shot of Viola rossii and then we come off the trail and come to the abandoned road which looks directly upon Hahanoshira Waterfall.
Apr29_121_KawaguchiLake_Viola_rossii_RC
Apr29_121_Kawaguchi
Lake_Viola_rossii_RC
Apr29_128_KawaguchiLake_HahanoshiraWaterfall_RC
Apr29_128_Kawaguchi
Lake_HahanoshiraWaterfall_RC
Apr29_129_SIP_KawaguchiLake_HahanoshiraWaterfall_RC
Apr29_129_SIP_Kawaguchi
Lake_HahanoshiraWaterfall_RC

  Here are 2 more shots of Hahanoshira Waterfall. In center position is a Viola tokubuchiana var. takedana f. variegata. The variegations are so strong in this example that they virtually make the entire leaf whitish.
Apr29_135_KawaguchiLake_HahanoshiraWaterfall_RC
Apr29_135_KawaguchiLake_
HahanoshiraWaterfall_RC
April29th_73_Hahanoshira_KachiKachi_RC
April29th_73_Hahano
shira_KachiKachi_RC
Apr29_150_KawaguchiLake_HahanoshiraWaterfall_RC
Apr29_150_KawaguchiLake
_HahanoshiraWaterfall_RC

  Here are 2 more shots of the Viola tokubuchiana var. takedana f. variegata with the really intensely variegated leaves.
Apr29_137_KawaguchiLake_Viola_tokubuchiana_var_takedana_f_variegata_RC
Apr29_137_KawaguchiLake_Viola_toku
buchiana_var_takedana_f_variegata_RC
Apr29_140_KawaguchiLake_Viola_tokubuchiana_var_takedana_f_variegata_RC
Apr29_140_KawaguchiLake_Viola_toku
buchiana_var_takedana_f_variegata_RC

  Upon finishing at the waterfall, we hiked back down to the bus stop and went to the base of the Kachi-Kachi Ropeway, which would take us to the summit of Kachi-Kachi Mountain. It's not much of a mountain, but the locals call it a mountain. These 3 shots show the scenery from the summit of Mt. Kachi-Kachi. WOW!
Apr29_163_KawaguchiLake_KachikachiRopewayTop_RC
Apr29_163_KawaguchiLake
_KachikachiRopewayTop_RC
Apr29_164_KawaguchiLake_KachikachiRopewayTop_RC
Apr29_164_KawaguchiLake
_KachikachiRopewayTop_RC
Apr29_165_Adj_KawaguchiLake_KachikachiRopewayTop_RC
Apr29_165_Adj_Kawaguchi
Lake_KachikachiRopewayTop_RC

  Three additional shots from the summit of Mt. Kachi-Kachi. We were fortunate to be here for the Cherry Blossom Season, which was long past in the Tokyo Area.
Apr29_168_KawaguchiLake_KachikachiRopewayTop_RC
Apr29_168_KawaguchiLake
_KachikachiRopewayTop_RC
April29th_99_Hahanoshira_KachiKachi_RC
April29th_99_Hahano
shira_KachiKachi_RC
Apr29_169_KawaguchiLake_KachikachiRopewayTop_RC
Apr29_169_KawaguchiLake
_KachikachiRopewayTop_RC

  Here's a shot of Kazuya with Cherry Blossoms and Mt. Fuji behind him. The 2nd shot shows the trail which we hiked out for about a mile or so - searching for some Viola collina with fresh flowers. None to be found. We found plants, but no fresh flowers. The 3rd shot is a great example of Viola eizanensis. Then we headed back down the mountain and then back to Kawaguchi Lake Station and then took a train home, arriving at our apartment a bit before 5:00 PM. We surely had great weather for both days. We got our necks and arms sunburned.
Apr29_174_KawaguchiLake_KachikachiRopewayTop_Kazuya_RC
Apr29_174_KawaguchiLake
_KachikachiRopewayTop_Kazuya_RC
April29th_118_Hahanoshira_KachiKachi_RC
April29th_118_Hahano
shira_KachiKachi_RC
Apr29_197_KawaguchiLake_KachikachiRopewayTop_Viola_eizanensis_RC
Apr29_197_KawaguchiLake_Kachikachi
RopewayTop_Viola_eizanensis_RC

  Here is a short movie of Hahanoshira Waterfall. Again, I can't tell you how large (in KB) this will be for you because this is QuickTime magic and supposedly one of the 3 different size movies will be downloaded for you, depending on your connection speed and your screen size.
End April 29th, End Page 4, End April 2012's Photos
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