Swans at Seishohama, Lake Inawashiro, Koriyama, December 22, 2020. (猪苗代湖青松浜(郡山)の白鳥は元気でした 2020年12月22日。)

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(#Swans at Lake Inawashiro, Seishohama, Koriyama, Dec. 22, 2020. #白鳥 猪苗代湖 青松浜 郡山12/22/2020)
Today I visited Seishohama Beach of Lake Inawashiro in the outskirts of Koriyama. This has been one of the major flocking locations of migratory swans from Siberia every year. It was cloudy today but the swans were swimming or playing on the beach as shown in the picture above. In this picture alone swan count is about 40. There were some other groups nearby making the total count more than 100.

Here is a very short video where you can find the atmosphere and the familiar cries of swans.

On the way back I noticed near the beach a stone monument with a couple of lanterns for Mount Iide as shown above, which is located far away in Kitakata region. This may be because the mountain can be seen from here on a clear day.

(#Swans at Lake Inawashiro, Seishohama, Koriyama, Mar. 4, 2014. #白鳥 猪苗代湖 青松浜 3/4/2014)
If it were a clear day, I could have seen beautiful contrast of surrounding mountains and a blue sky as an example picture shown above which I took in March 2014. .

The location of Seishohama beach is at the southern edge of Lake Inawashiro. It is within Konanmachi district of Koriyama City. The public transportation to get there is to use a local Aizu Bus from JR Joko Station. From “Fukurafurumachi” bus stop you need 3km walk to the beach.

The exact route and locations are shown in a map below. The map can be scaled up and down with a click and scroll.

Autumn scenery in Koriyama, November 5, 2020. (郡山市街の秋 2020年11月5日)

(#Hayama Falls, Koriyama, Nov. 5, 2020. #麓山の飛瀑 郡山 11/5/2020)
Today I walked around the city of Koriyama stopping at some of the parks. Photo above was Hayama Falls at Hayama Park where I started walking. This is an artificial waterfall which was originally built in 1882 by the developers of Asaka Canal. Maple trees were planted nearby making autumn scenery more beautiful.

The second stop was 21st Century Park just across a road from Hayama Park. Photo above was a garden right next to a tea house called Hayamaso, where people enjoy maccha green tea and Japanese sweets.

(# Bungaku-no-mori garden, Koriyama, Nov. 5, 2020. #文学の森 郡山 11/5/2020)
The third stop was Koriyama Bungaku-no-mori Museum garden as shown above. A building on the right is the museum and beautiful garden with a walkway surrounds it.

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The last stop was Kaiseizan Park as shown above. Cherry trees with red leaves and gingko trees with yellow decorate the park.

The exact route and locations are shown in the map below. The map can be scaled up and down with a click and scroll.

Autumn rose garden at Kaiseizan Park, October 9, 2020. (開成山公園の秋のバラ園、2020年10月9日。)

Today, I visited Koriyama City Hall in order to take a glance at Tokyo 2020 Olympics torch temporarily being displayed during this week. But before that, I stopped at a rose garden of Kaisezan Park located just across the road from the hall. A picture above was a view of autumn roses blooming now. The rose garden has two seasons, spring flower and autumn flower seasons. Autumn season usually peaks in early to mid-october. The blooming scale of autumn roses is smaller than that of spring season.


Some other views in the garden are shown above.

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2020 Olympics torch relay is now hopefully expected to take place starting from J-Village in Fukushima Prefecture on March 25th, 2021. The torch is relayed by thousands of torch bearers until it finally reached to Tokyo on July 23rd. Before the start, the torch is circulated among municipalities in Fukushima Prefecture starting from Koriyama for display to the public. Photo above was the torch on display at the hall today. Although 2020 Olympics is still up in the air due to the pandemic, the torch is a symbol of the reconstruction of the region from the Great East Japan Earthquake disaster.

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