On December 31, 2018, I climbed Mt. Tsukuba – at 871 and 877 meters, its peaks are among the smallest of the Nihon Hyakumeizan (100 famous mountains of Japan) but the peak itself has important links to the Japanese creation myths, as well as a “rivalry” against Mt. Fuji (which Fujisan may or may not be aware of).
Blogging more frequently, and not letting the climbs get in the way of updates, are among my New Year’s resolutions, so please do check back frequently for updates – you can expect to see a lot of adventures in the coming year!
I originally planned to leave Mount Tsukuba for my final climb, both because of the mountains’ historical significance and because it gets no snow, and its cable car and gondola make it easily accessible year round. However, I wanted to end 2018 at the halfway point of 100 climbs, and the same accessibility that made it a good mountain to end on also made it an attractive climb for New Year’s Eve–especially since I wanted to be home with my family that night.
I hope you and your family and friends had a wonderful New Year, and that your 2019 is filled with joy, peace, and success in all your endeavors.
Make this the year you get closer to your dreams!