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初日の出 (First Sunrise)

Posted by
GJC (Kyoto, Japan) on 4 January 2011 in Landscape & Rural.

I have a little extra time during the holidays so I thought I would show a few Japanese New Year's traditions and give some context for those of you who are interested.

On the first sunrise of the New Year, it is a custom to get up in time to bow and give thanks to the sun for the previous year's warmth and life, and to ask for another year of its daily visits. Here we see the sun rising over a snowy Mt. Hiei (比叡山), one of the largest mountains in Kyoto Prefecture. I am very fortunate to be able to look out my window and see this mountain every day. In fact, I took this photo, with the help of a tripod and zoom lens, from the front window of our apartment.

NIKON D300 1/100 second F/9.0 ISO 200 142 mm (35mm equiv.)

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan


4 Jan 2011 7:01am

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Interesting explanation. Thank you very much ... and beautiful view of the sun colors used to paint the sky! Beautiful composition with the foreground of the powerful blue mountains... best regards, Adela

4 Jan 2011 7:56am

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

Excellent contrast of warmth and cold colours.

4 Jan 2011 9:56am

guillaume from Paris, France

Lovely composed and great light !

4 Jan 2011 1:10pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Beautifully captured GJC! The colours are delicious! ;-)

4 Jan 2011 1:12pm

Daniel from Kenmare, United States

always nice to have a room with a view...

4 Jan 2011 1:14pm

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

That seems to me a very understandable tradition . . I had occasion, recently, to check the time it takes for sunlight to reach us and found it to be 8 minutes 19 seconds.

4 Jan 2011 3:15pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Feel so happy for you... and so fortunate are we to be able to view this through your beautiful lens!:-) Wonderful interplay of the mountain and the sky, cold and warm, substance and softness... soul-stirring and inspiring!

4 Jan 2011 3:24pm

Nicolas from Sion, Switzerland


Sueprbe cile et image, de la douceur, ce couleur, avec la belemontagne, grandisoe.

Bravo et amitié


4 Jan 2011 4:50pm

Larry Lefever from Lititz, United States

What a wonderful tradition and great way to bring in the year. I hope it's good to you and your family.

4 Jan 2011 6:50pm

JCJ from Troyes, France

very nice tones

4 Jan 2011 8:48pm

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

What a gorgeous view. You are fortunate!

5 Jan 2011 1:59am

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

Lucky you to live at such a location! Wish I were closer to Fuji-san and have that beautiful shape under my eyes whenever possible. Is there any tradition to get on Mt Hiei and wait for the first light to be born on NY's day? Because they do it here on Fuji-san!

5 Jan 2011 3:55am

MEC from Setúbal, Portugal

Beautiful colors. Wishing you a colorful year

5 Jan 2011 6:31pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Awesome! This seems a great way to greet the new year.

6 Jan 2011 9:44pm

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

Oh what a way to welcome the day, and the year! Just stunning!

7 Jan 2011 12:38am

rA from 沈阳(Shenyang), China


9 Jan 2011 11:22am

Vaido from Võrumaa, Estonia

Great light, indeed...

13 Jan 2011 7:55am

1/100 second
ISO 200
142 mm (35mm equiv.)