2018年08月24日

'Kakitagawa' spring group features the most amount of discharge among the uncountable number of springs at the foot of Mt. Fuji.

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Japan's tallest peak Mt. Fuji is a conical volcano, so the meltwater and rainwater sinking into the mountain gush out on the surroundings after 20-30 years. Kakitagawa spring group is the largest among them, with 100 tons of discharge a day, which is on a world-wide level. The spring water through the huge natural filter boasts of outstanding transparency and is the best drinking water. The temperature of it is stable all the year, 15-18 degrees. This spring water forms Kakitagawa river 1.2 km in length, which is one of the shortest rivers in Japan and joins other river to flow into the Pacific Ocean. An esplanade over the springs is well developed.
The picture shows one of the places where the springs are gushing out. Two circles, big and small, are the traces of water intake pipes for a bygone factory.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 16:01 | Suburbs of Tokyo | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2018年08月20日

'Ainu' are the indigenous people who used to live throughout Japan Before Christ.

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Ainu are hunting people and highly depend on salmon fishery. So, they permanently resided near rivers, lakes and seaside together with 5-7 families, these small villages are called 'kotan' in Ainu. The people from China and Korean Peninsula coming to Japan in 2,500 B.C. brought rice cultivation and established central government based on the emperor system in the 5th century. This new power drove Ainu to north and south after the 8-9th century. The pure Ainu people have disappeared now, and just 23,000-24,000 Ainu-related people with Japanese names are found mainly in Hokkaido. Their cultural aspects and appearance are similar to Okinawan, the people in Okinawa Islands, which implies these two kinds of people are originally the same. The Japanese natives driven to north likely became Ainu, and to south Okinawan. The picture shows the largest Ainu kotan village on Lake Akan, which was intentionally formed by putting many kotans near Lake Akan together in 1954. This big kotan is made up of 36 families. The villagers are running souvenir shops, Ainu cuisine restaurants and the like.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 13:16 | Hokkaido | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2018年08月16日

'Marimo' round green alga that lives in Lake Akan in Hokkaido is designated as a special natural treasure of Japan.

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Marimo, a kind of freshwater alga, generally lives on rocks or pebbles as a form of filament. Marimo in Lake Akan, however, forms a beautiful spherical shape made up of many filaments. Round-shaped marimo also can be found in the several other lakes in Japan as well as some other lakes in the Northern Hemisphere though, Lake Akan's marimo is the largest with a diameter of 30 cm on average. As shown in the picture, the shape of them is very well proportioned, which is unlike any other in the world. This lake is world's largest growing area of marimo. How the filamentous alga grow into spherical shape is uncertain, but the rough waves caused by strong winds seem to rock the marimo on the lakebed gently to transform them from filament to ball. Big marimo over 35 cm in diameter finally fall apart as it is hollow. Then, the small pieces start to grow again into baby marimos.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 16:29 | Hokkaido | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする