Amazing cloudless view of Mount Bandai, Jan. 13, 2018 (雲一つ無い 白銀の 磐梯山 2018年1月13日)

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It was a rare clear morning in Aizu today with winter high pressure system extending from the west of Fukushima. I dared to go out early in the morning to the east coast of Lake Inawashiro. I took JR Ban-etsu West Line to Joko Station and then had a short ride to Machigagoya bus stop along the east coast of the lake, arriving shortly before 8 o’clock in the morning. I could see beautiful scenery of Mount Bandai in the north shining white with the morning sunlight in a perfect cloudless sky.

When winter temperature gets colder and strong frigid westerly wind blows against trees on the shore, then fantastic arts of ice called “Shibukigori” will appear at this site. It seemed to take some more weeks to see one.

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Autumn scenery in Koriyama (Hayama Falls and Kinto Memorial Hall), Nov. 5, 2017 (紅葉の郡山(麓山の飛瀑、金透記念館)2017年11月5日

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Today, I walked around the vicinity of JR Koriyama Station and found some of the best autumn scenery in the city center: Hayama Falls and Kinto Memorial Hall. Both of these are part of Japan Heritage “Asaka Development” and are located within 15-minute walk from the station.
Photo shows Kinto Memorial Hall which was once a part of elementary school more than 100 years ago. Kinto elementary school was founded in 1873, the oldest in Koriyama. The building was used as a rest house for Meiji Emperor when he traveled across Tohoku region. It was designated recently as a part of Japan Heritage “Asaka Development.”

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Photo above shows autumn Hayama Falls which was built in 1882 by Asaka Development pioneers. It has long been a commemorative monument for Asaka Canal completion. The water is divided from the main channel of Asaka Canal.

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A plate above which you can see at the site briefly explains the history.

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Spring flowers at Goreibitsu Pass, May 30, 2017 (御霊櫃峠 の春の花 2017年5月30日)

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Today, I visited Goreibitsu Pass (876m) and nearby Mount Taisho-hatayama (1056m) in the western part of Koriyama. It’s already the end of spring and I enjoyed some of the late spring mountain flowers. Goreibitsu Pass was 25km apart from the central part of Koriyama and I went there pedaling my bike. Mount Taisho-hatayama was about 1.5hr hike from there. Photo above shows Goreibitsu Pass trail toward the mountain where wild azalea flowers were in their last bloom.

Some of the flowers I met today are shown below.

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On the way to Goreibitsu Pass, I found some wild iris flowers on the roadside as shown above.

There was a wild flower garden along the trail path just before reaching Mount Taisho-hatayama. Some flowers I found there are shown below.

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Tiny flowers of gentian family called Harurindo or Gentiana thunbergii which bloom in spring are shown above.

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The area was a habitat of Azumagiku or Erigeron thnbergii which was a kind of wild chrysanthemum as shown above.

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Alpine flowers of Maizuruso or Maianthemum dilatatum were also seen as shown above.

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Of course, late bloom of wild azalea was also found as above.

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Photo above was the summit of Mount Taisho-hatayama which was the goal today.

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