Saturday, June 17, 2006

Blessing of Hokkaido's Nature⑤

My friend and I were actually heading for Lake Mashu. However, I had another purpose to achieve during this drive, that was to see an image of Kussie!! It is a kind of Loch Monstars that is believed to live in Lake Kussharo, which is derived from the name "Nessie" of Lock Ness in Scotland.

My family used to go for a drive to the Akan National Park where the Lake belongs to, when I was child. I had a strong and vivid impression of Kussie when I saw it for the first time in my life, hahaha. So, for the first time in about 20 years, I could see it again! I was happy!! I don't believe that it exists in the lake for real, though.

Lake Mashu (摩周湖, Mashū-ko) is a lake formed in the caldera of a dormant volcano. It is located in Akan National Park. Mashu is famous for the clarity of its water, and the fog that envelops its surface. There is a saying that you might not get married if you see the lake clearly without the fog.

It is too late,,,,, everytime I see the lake, it is clear(--;

From the other angle, you can see snow upon the peak. It was really really cold, freezing! on that day.