I took a selfie to mark the end of 2017. I think it really captures my smile. What do you think?
Me on December 30th, 2017
We wanted to witness Diamond Fuji, a rare even where the sun sets perfectly on the crown of Mt. Fuji. Crystal clear weather gave the perfect opportunity.
December 30th, 2017 was the perfect day to witness Diamond Fuji.
Unfortunately, we misunderstood when Mt. Fuji would occur and we were at Aokigahara (Suicide Forest) during the fabled event.
Wrong place to witness Diamond Fuji.
Although we missed our chance to witness Diamond Fuji, we went to a park with a good view of Mt. Fuji to see Winter Illuminations and a gorgeous sunset.
The weather that day could not have been better, or colder.
A frigid sunset
Even though every inch of me was tightly bundled, I lost feeling in my toes and fingers. My nose went numb. Teeth chattering, I hugged myself to muscle through the biting cold. What I do for beauty.
Gorgeous, but a test of endurance.
We stopped indoors to warm up.
Finally, we had to give up and return to the car. Mr. W and I hugged each other for warmth, teeth chattering madly, as the blistering cold bit to the bone. We might as well have worn nothing at all for how easily the cold seeped in. We stopped at a campfire to regain some feeling before hurrying back to the car.
That beautiful sunset was followed by a cloudy sunrise. Our hope to see Mt. Fuji turn pink in the rays of the last sunrise of 2017 was dashed due to bad weather.
Mt. Fuji never turned pink. We could only glimpse it. The last sunrise of 2017 was a bust.
Within a short time of all this, Logan Paul filmed his infamous “Dead Body” video. Here was the Last Sunrise of 2017.