by Julia Hart Most people don’t begin a mountain climbing experience late in the evening. However, if like Sunnyside’s Hank Tramel, your goal is to watch the morning sun rise over the peak of Mt. Fuji in Japan, a hike beginning at 9 p.m. in the evening is the only way to accomplish that goal. Unfortunately for Tramel, a monsoon-like storm kept him and his party of friends from seeing the sunrise. Still, Tramel said the climb up the iconic 12,389-foot peak was both awesome and amazing. “It also was a pretty wet trip,” Tramel said. “It took two days for my backpack to dry out.” While climbing Mt. Fuji was a highlight of Tramel’s recent six-month stay in Japan, attending Kyoto University of Foreign Studies was amazing as well. Among his classes were explorations of Japanese cultural and history, including a number of field trips to historic temples and to a stretch of Japanese desert, which runs along the Sea of Japan coastline. Tramel said he loved living in the city of Kyoto. “I’d been there before on short vacations, but this time I got to live there,” he said. Tramel said the city is the country’s oldest and is its center of cultural history. The Japanese emperor once kept one of his many castle homes in Kyoto. “It is a beautiful city and the people are very friendly,” Tramel said. Tramel, who is double majoring in cultural anthropology and Japanese studies, attended the Japanese university as a part of a Central Washington University foreign studies exchange program this past year. Tramel, a 2010 Sunnyside High School graduate, only returned home from Japan as of last week, and is already looking forward to attending CWU in Ellensburg in two weeks time. “But I do hope to return to Japan to live and teach one day,” he added.