Mount Fuji dons its first snow cap on record-tying late date
KOFU--Mount Fuji kept the nation waiting longer than usual to show off its white cap for this season, the most anticipated sight in Japan each year.
The first snow-capping of Japan’s tallest peak was officially observed in the morning of Oct. 26, the Kofu Local Meteorological Office here, west of Tokyo, announced.
It was the joint latest appearance for the mountain’s seasonal hat since record-keeping began in 1894, tying the record set in 1956.
Sunflowers are in bloom near Lake Yamanakako, Yamanashi Prefecture, at the foot of snow-capped Mount Fuji on Oct. 26. (Hiroshi Kawai)
Although the peak was slightly covered by snow on Sept. 25, it was not visible from the meteorological office, which is about 40 kilometers away, so officials decided not to declare it the season's first snow.
The Mount Fuji area experienced rain on the night on Oct. 25, which turned to snow around the mountaintop due to the cold air, according to officials.
At 6 a.m. on Oct. 26, the temperature at the summit was minus 7.2 degrees.
It warmed up after sunrise, and the snow was already starting to melt.