Mount Fuji at sunset, from Yoyogi Park

I took this one with my cellphone camera a couple of Fridays ago (November 12). People had said that you could see Mount Fuji from the Yoyogi Park area. I had seen it from Shinjuku in 2008, so that made sense.

A couple of walkers had stopped on the first pedestrian bridge over Inokashira Street. (I call it the first pedestrian bridge, but it probably has a real name.) That tipped me off that something was going on off in the distance, to the west. Sure enough.

If you want to make it out, it’s between the two branches of that tree. Maybe this blow up helps.

I don’t want to mess up the picture with an arrow. (Yeah, I suppose I could actually just add a third one with an arrow, but I am done with transferring and editing pictures for this morning!)

It’s a shame that Tokyo wasn’t more careful about line-of-sight visibility of this magnificent mountain. An active volcano, as you know, Fuji last went off in 1707. This was the great Hoei eruption, which spread ash all over this part of the Kantou region. (I think it was the year Hoei 4 in Japan style.) Fuji has been quiet since then, but remember, 30 years ago how Mount Saint Helens in Washington State had been quiet, too . . .

The gag line I was using a while ago was that if the big earthquake happens, I’ll deal with it along with the rest of the Tokyoites, but if the volcano goes off, I’m out of here like a cat shot in the ass.

I think an eruption would totally screw Tokyo. A lot of things run like clockwork in this city, down to when the onigiri get made and where it gets placed on the convenience store shelf. Imagine the mess if the town got covered in three inches of volcanic ash.