“Powerful Cloud over Mount Fuji.”

Image Credit: Photograph by Takashi
Mount Fuji is a treasure trove of mysterious shaped clouds.
Various forms of clouds appear when a fast air current blows over Mount Fuji.
I stayed in the car during the night at the Inokashira forest road about 0.8 miles above sea level about 25 miles west of Mount Fuji.
The small clouds that appeared before dawn grew bigger and bigger.
Just before sunrise they had become a huge cloud covering Mount Fuji.
The shadows of them in the backlight were the most powerful masterpieces.
Source: Powerful cloud Photo by Takashi — National Geographic Your Shot

“Mount Fuji in winter.”

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A magical glimpse of Mount Fuji amid a snowy landscape, in a shot taken by artist Mary-Anne Bartlett shortly before the mountain was shrouded in mist once more.
This view of Mount Fuji, in Japan, was taken by Mary-Anne Bartlett of painting holiday firm Art Safari.
Mount Fuji is one of three sacred mountains in Japan, and at 3,776 metres it is the tallest. It is about 100km south-west of Tokyo and visible from the capital on a clear day.
“I was up before dawn, keen not to miss any magical glimpse of Fuji that I could use in my paintings,” said Mary-Anne, who was leading a painting holiday.
“Minutes after it was shrouded in mist again.”
Source: World view: Japan’s sacred Mount Fuji in winter | Travel | The Guardian

“Japan’s Glowing Sea”.

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In spring, but not every year, bioluminescent firefly squid illuminate the Toyama Bay, Japan.
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As I live in the city, you may think it is easy for me to encounter the phenomena, but it’s not.
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For once in my life I succeeded in capturing the stunning show.
Even with recent science, nobody can explain when and why the squid come together to show us the marvel.
More info: hokuriku.yukison.com
Source: I Captured The Mysterious Glowing Sea In Japan | Bored Panda

“Candy Sculptures by Tezuka”.

edible-1Ever had a hankering to taste a slippery goldfish or a wriggling tadpole?
Now you’re in luck thanks to a new candy shop in Tokyo called Ameshin that offers traditional Japanese amezaiku, a form of artisinal candy making that dates back to the 8th century when the edible objects were offered at temples or given as gifts.
edible-2The lollipops and other confectionary beasts are made by the shop’s owner, 26-year-old Shinri Tezuka, from a mixture of starch and sugary syrup (somewhat like taffy) that results in a translucent, almost glasslike candy.
Tezuka shares more of his latest creations on the Ameshin website and Facebook page. (via Spoon & Tamago)
via Realistic Animal Lollipops and Sugar Sculptures by ‘Amezaiku’ Artisan Shinri Tezuka | Colossal.

“Snow Monkeys”.

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Jigokudani is located in the valley of the Yokoyu River, in Nagano Prefecture, in Japan, at an elevation of 850 meters.
Literally “hell’s valley”, the area took its name from the steam and boiling water that bubble out of small crevices from geothermal hot springs in the ground below.
Jigokudani is surrounded by steep cliffs and formidably cold forests.
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The ground remains frozen in winter and heavy snowfalls cover the area for at least four months each year.
In this hostile environment, lives a small population of Japanese Macaques, also known as Snow Monkeys, who manage to keep themselves warm by bathing in the natural hot water pools.
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These monkeys blissfully soaking in the hot pool with their fluffy, snow-powdered heads sticking out of the water is fascinating to watch.
Despite being relatively well-known, however, few people are willing to undertake the two-kilometre trek through the frozen forest in the peak of winter to observe the monkeys.
Jigokudani Monkey Park, hence, remains largely uncrowded.
See more Images via The Snow Monkeys of Jigokudani | Amusing Planet.

“Snowfall on Empty Platform.”

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Photograph by Akinori Koseki, National Geographic Your Shot.
Your Shot member Akinori Koseki was the only one on the train platform in the wee hours of the morning during this snowstorm in Fukushima, Japan.
The photographer caught this train conductor checking his watch just moments before the 5:30 a.m. train was due to pull out of Aizu-Kawaguchi Station on the regional Tadami Line.
Despite the heavy snowfall, the train left on time—helped in part by arriving at a station with no customers.
Source: Photo of the Day: Best of February | PROOF