November 12, 2013

NAGANO : Lake Suwa - Suwa


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Lake Suwa


Lake Suwa (諏訪湖 Suwa-ko) is a lake in the Kiso Mountains, in the central region of Nagano Prefecture, Japan.

Geography
The lake is the source of the Tenryū River. It ranks 24th in lake water surface area in Japan.

The cities of Suwa and Okaya, and town of Shimosuwa, are located on the shores of Lake Suwa.

Features
Lake Suwa is the site of an interesting natural phenomenon, The God's Crossing (御神渡り o-miwatari). The lake has a natural hot spring under its surface. When the lake's surface freezes in the winter, its lower waters are still circulating. This results in ice pressure ridges forming in the surface ice, reaching heights of 30 centimetres (0.98 ft) or more.

Local tradition holds that the ridges are formed by the gods crossing the lake, when travelling between the various buildings of the Shinto shrine Suwa Taisha. Folklore says it is the guardian god of Suwa, Takeminakata-no-kami, leaving his sanctuary to meet with his wife, the goddess Yasakatome, joining the opposite bank by walking on frozen water.
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A View of Lake Suwa from Taka・Bocchi, Nagano, Japan


This is a story at the Lake Suwa, Nagano.

A guy I met was a president of university.

He loved taking photos with his big camera and

traveling many places.

He left here 15 years ago and never returned to us.

But I believe he still enjoys traveling in the other world by himself.

God Bless Him.


Lake Suwa

Suwa, Nagano, Japan


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