Stunning Photo Captures “Miracle” Fog Rolling Over Sacred Mountain City in Japan

Mount Tate with Fog in the City Below

Japan is filled with natural wonders, but there is one in particular that is the muse of photographer Yasuto Inagaki. Mount Tate, or Tateyama, stands tall above Toyama Prefecture. Along with Mount Fuji and Mount Haku, it is considered one of the country's Three Sacred Mountains. It's a favorite spot for Inagaki to photograph, and recently he was rewarded with a special view.

One evening in mid-January, he noticed a rolling fog coming over the city of Imizu. He immediately spotted a creative opportunity and climbed to his usual spot to see what he could photograph. From his perch, he clearly saw the city lights causing a colorful glow under the fog. Then, he just needed to wait for an opportunity when Mount Tate would be lit perfectly. Just as the moonlight illuminated the mountain, he was able to get the photograph that he was after.

All told, he took about 20 images that evening. He selected his best five for processing with Lightroom in order to create the final photo. The result is a breathtaking image that combines human invention with the power of nature. Titled The Miracle of Toyama, Inagaki considers it one of the top photographs that he's ever taken.

Inagaki hopes that the image gives others the same sense of wonder that he felt that evening. And he also hopes that his work inspires locals to rediscover the landscape and gain a new appreciation for the beauty that surrounds them.

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My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Yasuto Inagaki.

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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