Abukyu Railway tour, March 19, 2021. (阿武急線ツアー 2021年3月19日。)

P3192565 (2)_570
(#Abukyu Line, AB900, Date, Mar. 19, 2021. #阿武急 AB900伊達 3/19/2021)
Today, I traveled by Abukuma-Kyuko Line or Abukyu Railway from Fukushima Station up north to Marumori Station in Miyagi Prefecture stopping at some places. The railway, going mostly along the Abukuma River, suffered severe flooding damage in fall of the year before last and suspended its operation for the section including Marumori Station. But finally, it resumed full regular operation on this March for the first time in a year and 5 months. A photo above shows a new train introduced a year ago running through the restored section near Kabuto Station.

P3192590 (2)_570
I found the same type of train stopping at Marumori Station as shown above.


The railway connects Fukushima and Miyagi Prefectures running mostly along the Abukuma River. A photo above shows northernmost point of the river. The location is 10-minute walk from Kabuto Station, also shown above, which is the northernmost Station of the line within Fukushima Prefecture.

(#Abukyu Line, Masamune, Date, Mar. 19, 2021. #阿武急 正宗 伊達 3/19/2021)
The railway introduced special wrapped car, as shown above, featuring war time general Date Masamune and his family. A photo above shows part of the exterior of the train at Yanagawa Station.

Even the interior is decorated with similar manga illustration as shown above.

P3192602 (2)_570

P3192596 (2)_570
Abukyu Railway issued special station stamps free of charge as shown above. These are the expression of gratitude from the company for the support of the recovery. Each stamp is issued at Yanagawa or Marumori Station only.

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

Lecture on volcano at Koriyama, Mar. 14, 2021. (火山のお話 2021年3月14日。)

P3142508 (2)_570
Today, I attended a lecture by a volcano expert, a director of Mt. Bandai Eruption Memorial Museum. This was held at Koriyama Central Community Hall as a monthly study event of Omotenashi_guide_Fukushima interpreter guide group. The lecture covered wide range of volcano related subjects worldwide including disaster preparedness. It also focused on volcanos in Fukushima. Japan has fourth largest number of volcanos in the world. Fukushima has five of them: Mt Azuma, Mt. Bandai, Mt. Adatara, Mt. Hiuchi, and Numazawa. The first three are the major ones with high activity. Photo above was a 3D landscape model of Mt. Bandai and the surroundings which the lecturer showed us today.

Mt. Bandai had a massive eruption 50,000 years ago creating Lake Inawashiro and Okina Island in the lake. The mountain suffered another major eruption in 1888 creating hundreds of lakes and ponds such as Lake Hibara and Goshikinuma ponds in northern Urabandai area. It also caused 477 deaths.

The lecture also showed us how the eruption debris flows into the surrounding area by experiment. A short video below shows a fraction of the experiment.

Why Japan has so many volcanos and earthquakes? Because Japan sits on borders of four major plates: Okhotsk, Pacific, Philippine, and Eurasian Plates. The plates move slowly causing friction along the border. Volcanos and earthquakes occur along these borders.
Welcome! 福が満開、福のしま。
Omotenashi_Fukushima YouTube 
Calendar (カレンダー)

02 | 2021/03 | 04
- 1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31 - - -
Search (検索フォーム)
Locations (会津/中通り/浜通り 市町村別)
Keywords (キーワード別)


Dates (月別)
Latest articles (最新記事)
Profile (プロフィール)

A man who loves Fukushima (福島大好きおじさん)

Author:A man who loves Fukushima (福島大好きおじさん)
Local guide for Fukushima (English)(福島地域通訳案内士(英語))
Member of Omotenashi Guide Fukushima

Omotenashi_Fukushima YouTubeNEW!

Access counter (カウンター)
Latest comments (最新コメント)
Latest trackbacks (最新トラックバック)