Photo/IllutrationThe first rays of the rising sun light up the fog-filled Chichibu basin on Nov. 15. (Kenji Takayama)

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CHICHIBU, Saitama Prefecture--They say every cloud has a silver lining, and that adage certainly applied Nov. 15 at Chichibu Muse Park here, where early morning visitors were handsomely rewarded for their efforts.

The Chichibu basin was covered by what appeared to be a sea of clouds which shimmered and glowed as the rays of sunrise cut through it in captivating style.

The heavy fog was created by the cooling of humidity left behind by the previous day's rain.

The observation deck at the park, which straddles Chichibu city and Ogano town in Saitama Prefecture, has long been a popular destination for those wanting to view the sea of clouds because it is considered the closest location to the Tokyo metropolitan area where the phenomenon can be observed.