Continuing the Kobe weekend special (the post on Kobe beef is the first) is Mount Maya! What is special about Mount Maya is that the night scenery is one of the Three Great Night Views (三大夜景 Sandaiyakei) in Japan.
We drove and arrived at the top of Mount Maya just as the last light was fading. That’s the whole point, right? So that we won’t have to wait too long till nightfall to enjoy the night view. But that means photos won’t turn out well. What a conundrum!
BUT! Lucky my camera is quite a capable little fellow! There were a few photographers with all their gear set up – tripods, DSLRs, the works – and I asked one of them to helped us take a photo of us and the view. He took my camera and shook his head. “Nah, I don’t think anything will turn up. It’s too dark.” but he patronized us and took one anyway.
Then he reviewed the photo and there was genuine surprise in his voice as he said “Oh, wow. This is a pretty good camera!”
I guess the fact that something more than two black figures turned up from my camera is amazing haha.
He then directed us to the other side for a different view. We somehow always manage to meet assertive photographers, and always old men lol.
Selfies, because we can:
And then the light finally gave out and we had the full glory of one of the famed Three Great Night Views before us.
Mount Maya overlooks both Kobe and Osaka Bay:
We’ve seen two of the three great views (Hakodate is the other one) and we’re just left with Nagasaki. To be honest, the views don’t vary a lot to me. They’re all just very dark with a great concentration of twinkling lights in the distance hahaha. They do have distinct shapes though, so maybe that’s what makes the beauty?
I generally like nature more than man-made things, but night views have a romantic vibe to them ;) In any case, I will someday visit Nagasaki’s Mount Inasa too so as to complete the collection! :D
edit: Visited Mount Inasa!
p.s.: None of the photos in this post had the lighting or color adjusted! All as-is from the camera. Feels like this post is more about the camera than the night view, eh? Hahaha.