Our village is usually covered in dense fog in the mornings through Autumn to Spring here in Yakuno, Hyogo.
Morning fog is a sign for a sunny day
On clear nights with no clouds to block the heat from leaving the earth, the ground cools rapidly due to radiate cooling.
And when the temperature reaches its dew point, with relatively little wind present, radiation fog may develop.
As the sun rises and the temperature increases, radiation fog eventually burns off, leaving a clear sunny day.
Yakuno is surrounded by mountains, so there are less wind and morning fog remains like a white blanket covering all over the village until the sun comes up.
Sometimes it is so dense and looks like it’s gonna rain but every time it will magically blown away.
Japanese words relating to fog
“蒙霧升降,” pronaunced as “Fukaki Kiri Matou (Dense fog veils)”
In ancient Japan and China, there were 72 seasons and late summer was called “Fukaki Kiri Matou,” when the air started to cool and dense fog started to foam.
Fog, Mist and Haze are different in density and so are the Japanese fog(Kiri) and mist/haze(Moya), but we call Spring fog differently as “Kasumi.” In 72 seasons, early spring is called “霞始靆,” “Kasumi Hajimete Tanabiku,” meaning Spring mist starts to trail.
Other than the seasonal words, we have a saying “縁の目には霧が降る,“ pronounced as “En no Me niha Kiri ga furu.”
“En” is fate, “Me” is eye, “Kiri” is fog and “Furu” is a verb meaning “Falling”
It means fateful lovers see no blemish as if fog covering their eyes, in other words, Love is blind.
Sometimes, the clearing fog adds artistic touch to the photo.
It almost looks like Renaissance Religious painting.