Taken a few years ago now but happy to have made this finally.
I am not a big fan of HDR panos but thought i would give it a go in this case.
Went for a slight HDR feel going for a surreal style....had some problems with the zenith but all in all reasonably happy with this.
I have heard this year the hut pictured here will be closed to hikers as the local government will be doing renovations - not a bad idea as any one who has experienced the horror that is going to the toilet in the hut on a summer's day will know what i mean ! Also you can see the interior of the hut in one of my other panos and it is bent out of shape - the floor rolls and the walls are warped pretty badly.
The bad news is there will be no where to stay near the peak so if you want to watch the sunrise from the crater it is going to mean hiking up during the night to make it up in time for the sunrise. Keen ? Appartently it's fun ; )
The eight islands of Japan sprang into existence through Divine Intervention.The first two gods who came into existence were Izanagi no Mikoto and Izanami no Mikoto, the Exalted Male and Exalted Female. It was their job to make the land for people to live on.They went to the bridge between heaven and earth and, using a jewel-encrusted halberd, Izanagi and Izanami churned up the sea into a frothy foam. As salty drips of water fell from the tip of the halberd the first island was formed. Its name was Onogoro.So far, so good. But when Izanagi and Izanami first met on their island, Izanami spoke to Isanagi without being spoken to first. Since she was the female, and this was improper, their first union created badly-formed offspring who were sent off into the sea in boats.The next time they met, Izanagi was sure to speak first, ensuring the proper rules were followed, and this time they produced eight children, which became the islands of Japan.I'm sure you did not fail to miss the significance of this myth for the establishment of Japanese formal society.At present, Japan is the financial capital of Asia. It has the second largest economy in the world and the largest metropolitan area (Tokyo.)Technically there are three thousand islands making up the Japanese archipelago. Izanagi and Izanami must have been busy little devils with their jewelled halberd...Japan's culture is highly technical and organized. Everything sparkles and swooshes on silent, miniaturized mechanisms.They're a world leader in robotics, and the Japanese have the longest life-expectancy on earth.Text by Steve Smith.