Alpine flowers at Mini-Oze Park, Hinoemata, May 13, 2016 (檜枝岐村 ミニ尾瀬公園 の植物 2016年5月13日)

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Photo above shows elegant light purple flowers of Glaucidium palmatum or Shiraneaoi in Japanese. The flowers were in full bloom at Mini-Oze Park, Hinoemata Village.

Today, many alpine flowers were blooming at Mini-Oze Park where many flowers bloom a little earlier than Oze National Park itself due to altitude difference of about 600m. Visitors can enjoy watching them without climbing to the actual mountains. Some of the flowers today are shown below.

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Photo shows yellow flowers of marsh marigold along wetland.

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Photo shows Pteridophyllum racemosum or osabagusa in Japanese name. The main habitat of the plant is on Mt. Taishaku which is one of Mountains belong to Oze National Park.

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Photo shows Epimedium grandiflorum or Ikariso in Japanese.

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Photo shows Showy Orchis or Hakusanchidori in Japanese.

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Photo shows Paris japonica or Kinugasaso in Japanese. The plant has just started to bloom and I could only find a few of them.

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The last one shows Menyanthes trifoliata or Mitsugashiwa in Japanese. This plant also likes wetland.

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Mt. Hiuchigatake (2356m) which is the highest mountain north of Tohoku Region can be seen close from Mini-Oze Park as shown above.

The location is shown in the map below. There is a bus stop in front of the park and the bus service is available either from Aizutajima or Aizukogen-Ozeguchi Station. I failed to record GPS trace today so there is none.
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Hinoemata Kabuki play: an amazing local tradition, May 12, 2016 (桧枝岐歌舞伎 2016年5月12日)

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(Hinoemata Kabuki play, Hinoemata Stage, May 12, 2016. 檜枝岐歌舞伎 檜枝岐の舞台 2016/5/12)
This is a scene from Hinoemata Kabuki play on May 12, 2016 at a traditional Hinoemata Stage. Hinoemata Kabuki play started some 270 years ago in Edo Period. The play has been performed at Hinoemata Stage which is as old as the play. The stage had been burnt down at a big fire in the village and was rebuilt more than 100 years ago and now it is designated as a National Important Cultural Asset.

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Photos above show Hinoemata Stage as of today just before the opening of the play, and a board describing its history.

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Photo above shows a schedule of Hinoemata Kabuki play of this year. It says two other plays are scheduled in August 18th and September 3rd. Most of the plays including today's are admitted free. All the actors are non-professional, which means they all have their own works other than a kabuki actor. But the play was attractive and satisfactory enough for visitors from across Japan.

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Some other scenes of today's play are shown above. The story is about a sad story of a samurai family about 400 years ago.

You can get a short sound and footage of the play on YouTube above.

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Photo above shows all the actors appeared on the play.

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Hinoemata Village and all the residents support the traditional kabuki play. Photo shows Hinoemata Village Mayor Hoshi makes a speech in a break.

The exact route from Aizutajima Station and location are shown in the map below. The map can be scaled up and down with a click and scroll.
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【2014年7月14日】 会津駒ヶ岳 と 湿原 の 花 (July 14, 2014: Flowers in the marsh at the top of Mt. Aizu-komagatake, Fukushima Pref.)

本日は、会津駒ヶ岳 の頂上付近に広がる 湿原 を訪ねました。昨夜の宿の近くの、滝沢登山口から登りました。
Today I visited the marsh near the top of Mt. Aizu-komagatake. I started to climb from Takizawa Gate which was close to the inn last night.

The location and the actual route of walk were shown in the map below. (The route data were from GPS log data. The details of the map and the altitude data can be seen by clicking the map.)
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会津駒ヶ岳 は、日本百名山 の1つで、地図で示した頂上付近に 湿原 や 池塘 が広がり、花や昆虫などが豊富です。桧枝岐村 の、写真の 滝沢登山口 (会津バスのバス停があります)から、片道約9kmの徒歩で頂上付近に到着します。
Mt. Aizu-komagatake is one of the best 100 selected mountains in Japan. Near the top of the mountain as shown in the map marsh and ponds extended in large area and there were many flowers and insects around there.

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Above photo shows a view of the marsh and ponds. Since it was cloudy and foggy today visibility was not good as shown in the picture. I found many flowers there and I listed some of them below.

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まず、写真の イワイチョウ (岩銀杏)です。 ( 会津駒ヶ岳 イワイチョウ 2014/7/14)
First, above photo shows white flowers of Nephrophyllidium.

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次に、紫色の花が咲く、ハクサンコザクラ (白山小桜)がたくさんありました。 ( 会津駒ヶ岳 ハクサンコザクラ 2014/7/14)
Next I found many small purple flowers of Primula cuneifolia.

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また、6月までがピークの、サンカヨウ (山荷葉)が林の中に残っていました。花びらが、透き通っていました。
I also found flowers of umbrella leaf which was supposed to end by June in wood area. The flowers looked transparent.

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他の 湿原 では、5月に咲き終わっている、ショウジョウバカマ (猩猩袴)の花もまだ健在でした。雪解けが遅いためです。 ( 会津駒ヶ岳 ショウジョウバカマ 2014/7/14)
I also found pink pretty flowers of Heloniopsis orientalis. These flowers had already been ended during May in most marshes. Here they bloom late due to late thaw.

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イワカガミ (岩鏡)もたくさんありました。 ( 会津駒ヶ岳 イワカガミ 2014/7/14)
I also found many pink flowers of Iwakagami.

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木道を歩いていると、目の前に クジャクチョウ がとまりました。羽を広げると、大変きれいです。 ( 会津駒ヶ岳 クジャクチョウ 2014/7/14)
When I was walking on the wooden path a peacock butterfly stopped on the path in front of me. The peacock butterfly was beautiful when it fully opened both wings.

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また、池塘 の周辺では、モリアオガエル が盛んに鳴いています(鳴き声)。池塘 のへりには、卵塊 も見られました。良く見ると、写真のように、残雪の下のぬれた枯草の上に一匹いました。色は、保護色で、緑ではなく、茶色です。 ( 会津駒ヶ岳 モリアオガエル 2014/7/14)
I heard many sounds from forest tree green frogs near the ponds. I also found some clusters of their eggs at the edge of the ponds. I listened carefully and found one of them under the remaining snow on the wet dead grasses. The color was brown instead of green this time because of protective coloration.

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最後に、会津駒ヶ岳 (高さ2132m)の 頂上 の写真です。登山で、往復18kmは、かなり疲れました。
At last above photo shows the top of Mt. Aizu-komagatake which was 2132m high. This time 18km round trip up and down the mountain exhausted me much.
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