PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: THE BEAUTIFUL PARKS OF JAPAN !

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Photos of the Week: 9/20/2018:  Featuring the beautiful Parks of Japan !

 

Oh my goodness, Japan, outside the city limits, is already such a beautiful country for photographers.   And now I find out they have a wonderful collection of National Parks to keep the beauty and the customs of this beautiful country in a state of heaven!  Take a look at some of these amazing Parks of Japan:

 

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Shikotsu-Toya National Park

 

 

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Daisetsuzan National Park

 

 

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Rishiri-Rebun-Sarobetsu National Park

 

 

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I must first say that most of the photo equipment that is made today comes from Japan.  There is a lot of amazing photographers in Japan.  It would be hard to compete in a photo contest in Japan.  But check this out:      We would like to share with you a winning photo from the “Mt. Daisen Photo Contest,” a contest featuring Mt. Daisen at Daisen-Oki National Park, held in commemoration of the 3rd “Mountain Day” Memorial National Congress in Tottori Prefecture.
Third Prize Winner of the General Section Winner
“Go fishing” by Masayoshi Tanaka
We received many wonderful photos that portrayed the spirit of “Mountain Day”—to share opportunities to become familiar with mountains and appreciate blessings from mountains—such as scenic views captured while mountain-climbing and landscapes depicting living with the mountain.

 

 

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Location: Kou-shirahama, Ago, Shima, Mie/三重県志摩市阿児町国府白浜
 
During the Edo period, Ino Tadataka, who created the first highly detailed map of Japan, also visited Kou-shirahama in order to survey the land. Perhaps the coast looked different back then compared to now, but when you think that he also gazed at Mt. Fuji in the same way, you can feel the beauty of history.
 
Ise-Shima National Park

 

 

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Photo by setouchiphotography from the National Parks of Japan

 

 

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We would like to share with you a winning photo from the “Mt. Daisen Photo Contest,” a contest featuring Mt. Daisen at Daisen-Oki National Park, held in commemoration of the 3rd “Mountain Day” Memorial National Congress in Tottori Prefecture.
Third Prize Winner of the General Section Winner
“Challenger” by Hiromitsu Aoki

 

 

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We would like to share with you a winning photo from the “Mt. Daisen Photo Contest,” a contest featuring Mt. Daisen at Daisen-Oki National Park, held in commemoration of the 3rd “Mountain Day” Memorial National Congress in Tottori Prefecture.
Third Prize Winner of the General Section Winner
“Green, Blue, White” by Kota Nakamura 

 

 

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We would like to share with you a winning photo from the “Mt. Daisen Photo Contest,” a contest featuring Mt. Daisen at Daisen-Oki National Park, held in commemoration of the 3rd “Mountain Day” Memorial National Congress in Tottori Prefecture.
Third Prize Winner of the General Section Winner
“The Misen Shelter Hut above the clouds” by Jun Omura

 

 

As I was putting this blog together, never in my wildest dreams did I think I would run into National Photo Contest winning Photos.  But, these photos are absolutely amazing.  And so far, I have only seen 3rd place winners?  Wait till we get to first place!  Oh my!  Can’t wait.

 

2nd place winners:

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We would like to share with you a winning photo from the “Mt. Daisen Photo Contest,” a contest featuring Mt. Daisen at Daisen-Oki National Park, held in commemoration of the 3rd “Mountain Day” Memorial National Congress in Tottori Prefecture.
Second Prize Winner of the General Section Winner
“Hoki-Daisen in winter and Yumigahama Coast” by Hiroshi Ogawa

 

 

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We would like to share with you a winning photo from the “Mt. Daisen Photo Contest,” a contest featuring Mt. Daisen at Daisen-Oki National Park, held in commemoration of the 3rd “Mountain Day” Memorial National Congress in Tottori Prefecture.
Second Prize Winner of the General Section Winner
“Happiness at the foot” by Noriko Kubota

 

 

 

1st Prize Winners:

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We would like to share with you a winning photo from the “Mt. Daisen Photo Contest,” a contest featuring Mt. Daisen at Daisen-Oki National Park, held in commemoration of the 3rd “Mountain Day” Memorial National Congress in Tottori Prefecture.
First Prize Winner of the Instagram Section
“Milky Way Galaxy” by Yuka Hata

 

 

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We would like to share with you a winning photo from the “Mt. Daisen Photo Contest,” a contest featuring Mt. Daisen at Daisen-Oki National Park, held in commemoration of the 3rd “Mountain Day” Memorial National Congress in Tottori Prefecture.
First Prize Winner of the International Section
“The Fire Rises” by Aiman Zhafransyah

 

 

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We would like to share with you a winning photo from the “Mt. Daisen Photo Contest,” a contest featuring Mt. Daisen at Daisen-Oki National Park, held in commemoration of the 3rd “Mountain Day” Memorial National Congress in Tottori Prefecture.
First Prize Winner of the General Section
“Mt. Daisen’s blessings” by Shohei Masago

 

 

That concludes the winning photos of the National contest.  But, there are still so many wonderful photos of the parks of Japan.  Check these out:

 

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Photo by tsumizo from the National Parks of Japan 

 

 

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Location: Kitayamazaki Cliff/北山崎
 
Kitayamazaki is the most highly acclaimed of the coastal cliffs shaped by erosion, which are the reason why the Sanriku Fukko National Park was established. Its local nickname is the “Alps of the Sea.” The continuous line of enormous cliffs are an overwhelming sight either from the viewpoint on the cliffs, or from the trail below. Kitayamazaki in the glow of the morning sun is one of the best views in Japan.
 
Sanriku Fukko (reconstruction) National Park

 

 

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Photo by atsushi.k.photography from the National Parks of Japan

Note:  This photo does not show anything about a park, but this photo is just so amazing, I had to put this in.  As a macro photographer, and flower photographer, the photo is just spectacular, with the bee in the position it is, I find it just breath-taking.

 

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Location: Asari hisetunotaki/浅里 飛雪の滝
 
There are campgrounds and cottages here, and you can also enjoy various activities, such as waterfall standup paddleboarding.
 
Yoshino-Kumano National Park

 

 

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Many people find this surprising, but from Ise-Shima National Park, located in the Kii Peninsula, you can actually see Mt. Fuji. During the period around the summer solstice, you can see the sun begin to rise just next to Mt. Fuji and move up into the sky right past the mountain’s peak.
 
Ise-Shima National Park

 

 

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Mt. Kai-komagatake is lightly touched by the morning sun. The entire mountain is covered with granite, and the glittering white rock surface is a rough and inspiring sight. It is also called by the nickname “The Young Noble of the Minami Alps”.
 
Minami Alps National Park

 

 

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Every year at the beginning of spring, this beautiful mirror image can be seen reflected on Lake Shikotsu when the weather conditions are clear and windless. Among the local residents, this is known as a special feature of spring in the area.
 
Shikotsu-Toya National Park

 

 

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Dojo-pond is a wonderful view spot for skunk cabbage, bogbean, Japanese azalea, plum, and crabapple flowers, as well as Mt. Norikura. The new greenery is especially brilliant from May to June, a beautiful season when many flowers bloom one after another. 
Take a look at this cool reflection of Mt. Norikura!
 
Chubusangaku National Park

 

 

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At the beginning of June, the Rhododendron kiusianum begin to bloom even at the summit of Mt. Karakunidake, which has an elevation of 1700m (5577ft).
There aren’t many places like this where you can see both Mt. Shinmoe, with its lava-filled volcanic crater, and these lovely flowers at the same time.
 
Kirishima-Kinkowan National Park

 

 

 

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From Tashirotai Marshland, where the snow has just melted, you can see Mt. Akakura(right) and Mt. Takada-Odake(left) of the Hakkoda Mountains.
There is a tree-lined path at Tashirotai Marshland that you can walk around in about an hour.
During this season, there aren’t many flowers blooming, but from June to August, you can see a wide variety of flowers, beginning with the Sheathed cottongrass plant.

Towada-Hachimantai National Park

 

 

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Location: Oki Islands/隠岐
 
With spring migration and breeding season approaching, birds throughout various areas of the Oki Islands move about actively.
 
Daisen-Oki National Park

This is just another photo added just because it is just beautiful art work.

 

 

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Courtesy of Aso Teleworks Center, this breath-taking birds-eye photo of the Mt. Aso caldera was taken by drone in Aso-Kuju National Park. One of the largest calderas in the world at 25 kilometers by 18 kilometers (about 15.5 miles by 11 miles), entry is prohibited by the Japanese government depending on volcanic or seismic activity. Although entry was temporarily re-opened on February 28th, 2018, it is currently prohibited due to the volcanic activity pictured here. However, aerial helicopter tours are available, which means visitors can get a similar view of the mouth of the caldera from the sky!

 

 

 

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These Ezo Deer (Cervus nippon yesoensis, or ‘Ezo shika’) are walking along in front of the Sea of Okhotsk in Shiretoko National Park. There are large chunks of drift ice floating in the water behind them, which pass over from Russia via the Amur River. Typically these ice floes are only visible for about a month from the end of January to the end of February, and are a majestic feature of the cold Shiretoko winter. 

 

 

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The Shiretoko mountain range derives its name from an Ainu phrase, ‘siretoko,’ which means ‘the end of the earth.’ Located in the northeastern most part of the island of Hokkaido in Shiretoko National Park, completely blanketed in snow, it’s easy to see why they chose such a name. The blue sky contrasted against the powdery, pure whiteness of the mountains is simply beautiful. What more can be said?

 

 

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Estimated at a height of 25 meters, Onogawa Fudotaki Falls are a popular spot to visit in Kitashiobara Village. The trek is rather tricky in winter, however: you’ll need serious cold-weather gear—including snowshoes—and since it’s easy to get lost, it’s best to go with a guide!

 

 

And that is all that I should fit in one blog for this time.  There are so many more wonderful photos you could see.  If you would like to see more, please go to their website at:   https://www.facebook.com/NationalParksOfJapan/?tn-str=k*F

 

 

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