Early spring snow scenery at Tadami, Mar. 4, 2017 (早春の 只見 の 雪景色 2017年3月4日 )

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Today, I had a field class for taking photos at Tadami Town. The class was promoted by Buna (=beech) Center of the town and a photographer Ms. Kajiko Inomata gave us an outdoor lesson near the center. Tadami Town still has a substantial amount of snowfall during early spring of March. Photo above was scenery of Buna Center in the middle with the background of two major mountains nearby: Mount Gamodake (828m) on the left and Mount Shibakura on the right. The former one is called the Matterhorn in Aizu because of its towering shape. Buna Center is located about 20-minute walk from JR Tadami Sta.

Some of other views as of today are shown below. Luckily weather was fine with blue sky during the morning lesson hours.

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Photo above is a view of the Tadami River which flows through the town with the background of Mount Shibakura on the left. The whole town area is designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

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A traffic mirror reflects a clear snow-capped mountain view as shown above.

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Mount Asakusadake (1585m) stands high in the center with its bright white wall.

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Komatsu heavy machines wait for their chances to go to snow removing work as shown above.

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Sunlight makes shadows of trees on a roadside snow slope under a blue sky.

The exact route and locations are shown in the map below. The map can be scaled up and down with a click and scroll.
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Tadami Line train with closed railroad crossing, Jan. 29, 2017 (只見線 の電車(小出~只見 間)と雪閉鎖の踏切 2017年1月29日)

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This afternoon, I was released from a job at JR Tadami Station. For a couple of days, I was attending a large group tour of young foreigners as a guide touring through deep Aizu Region including a ride experience on Tadami Line train. I had a very short time before I left for return home, when I found a train approaching Tadami Station traveling all the way from Koide, Niigata Pref. A photo above shows the train passing in front of a railroad crossing buried in deep snow. This crossing which is located right next to JR Tadami Station is closed during winter season.

The exact location is shown in the map below. The map can be scaled up and down with a click and scroll.
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Insect watching event at Tadami Town, July 31, 2016 (只見町の昆虫観察会 2016年7月31日)

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A famous Japanese entomologist, Hiroshi Makihara, who is particularly known as a world specialist on longhorn beetles, instructed us watching insects in a beech wood of Yanatori District, Tadami Town. The event was promoted by Buna (=beech) Center Museum of the town. A photo above shows a scene where Mr. Makihara (a man in his white jacket) is identifying exact species of the insects observed.

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This is an entrance into a trail of Yanatori Beech Wood. The altitude was about 700m above sea level.

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Photo above shows a rare kind of longhorn beetle named Dolichopurosopus yokoyamai found today. We also found many other kinds of insects including three species of stag beetles (Dorcus).

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At Buna Center Museum, an exhibit focused on insects in Tadami Town is now being held. Photo above shows one of many displays of insect specimens. The museum is located 10-minute walk from JR Tadami Station. The exhibit continues until 10th of October.

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After the event, on my way back to Tadami Station with a rental bike, I happened to find a museum officially called Aizu Tadami Ancient History Hall. The museum mainly features remains and restored dwellings of Jomon Period, some 4000 to 2000 years ago. Photos above show description board, and recovered Jomon pit dwellings in the front yard.

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In the museum building, many artifacts found at Kubota Remains are displayed. Photo above shows collection of ancient arrowheads made of stones.

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The day before the watching event, Mr. Makihara gave us a lecture on insects found in Tadami Town, based on a field research in the town over the past two years. I stayed overnight at an inn located in the suburb of the town half way toward the watching site. The inn was called Kurataya Ryokan as shown above, which was nice with excellent meals and modern facilities for bath, toilet and others, and with very reasonable charge.

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When I travel to Tadami Town, I either take a train to JR Tadami Station or ride a bike all the way from Koriyama. This time I took Tadami Line train, which has been disrupted between Aizukawaguchi and Tadami Station since devastating flood disaster in 2011. But a back-up shuttle bus service is regularly being operated between the two stations until the train is finally resumed. So I have to leave the train at Aizukawaguchi Station and change to the bus. Photo above shows a character of Kaneyama Town, featuring a pumpkin and hot spring, welcoming us during the transfer.

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