Wednesday, 10 October 2018

The Mountain That Japan Hid From The World

quote [ Inside the Shikotsu-Toya National Park, in the island of Hokkaidō, not far from the active stratovolcano, Mount Usu, there is a 400-meter tall volcanic peak called Shōwa-shinzan. Shōwa-shinzan is Japan’s youngest mountain. It appeared on 28 December 1943 out of a wheat field accompanied by strong tremors and hot lava. ]

My mountain is hidden in a pile of trees
[SFW] [environment & nature] [+9 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@10:21amGMT]


Hugh E. said @ 1:42pm GMT on 10th Oct
Next time a mountain appears out of nowhere, listen to it.
robotroadkill said @ 1:43pm GMT on 10th Oct
Cool geological phenomenon and awesome story to go with it! Overall highly satisfied with this post.
spazm said @ 7:43pm GMT on 10th Oct [Score:1 Funny]
I give it a 5/7.
Kama-Kiri said @ 12:39pm GMT on 11th Oct
7 out of 5 you mean?
LurkerAtTheGate said @ 4:53pm GMT on 10th Oct
Planning a Japan vacation for next year...I'll admit I've watched anime since I was young, and have studied Japan & Japanese some, so I know many of the cultural differences though I frequently lack an understanding as to why some things are so different.

I've been told by tourists and natives alike that I should splurge on a night at a nice onsen & ryokan (hotsprings inn), so it seems like the kind of thing the Japanese associate with a luxurious vacation...which coming from a region of nonexistent volcanic activity, volcanic public baths are about as foreign an idea as my wife is willing to try. I happened to visit yellowstone this past year and it has clarified a lot of this: living on a fucking volcano means living on an alien goddamn planet. Why the fuck would anyone settle there, much less continue in a modern era? Not sure if it answered or raised more questions.
lilmookieesquire said @ 9:58pm GMT on 10th Oct [Score:1 Informative]
It’s like 70% mountains not a lot of choice there. Kawaguchiko is a nice place to insensitivity it up. It’s a lake that overlooks Mount Fuji. (One of a few)
LurkerAtTheGate said @ 11:21pm GMT on 10th Oct
Thanks for the tip. We were looking at Hakone for a day or two of hiking between visiting Tokyo & Osaka, and it sounds like Kawaguchiko is in that same area...we don't have much more than a week so we know we'll be limited in what we have time to see. As a bit of a culinary tourist I plan to hit different regions of Japan in later trips, though the wife will insist on some other destinations for at least a few years in between (I know Prague is the following year).
cb361 said @ 12:02am GMT on 11th Oct
Do you mind sharing your volcanic public baths with a lot of smelly macaques?
lilmookieesquire said @ 12:29am GMT on 11th Oct
If the timing is right, there is no better fucking feeling in the world than sitting in an outdoor onsen when it's snowing- like after skiing/snowboarding.
cb361 said[1] @ 6:29pm GMT on 11th Oct
I would be worried about the snow and wind when I had to get out.

And the smelly macaques.

edit that might be an unfair assumption. The macaques bathe regularly.
lilmookieesquire said @ 12:30am GMT on 11th Oct
Also look up Tom the Fish (if he is still here) for suggestions maybe.
lilmookieesquire said @ 12:28am GMT on 11th Oct
*onsen it up
Bob Denver said @ 7:38pm GMT on 10th Oct
1943 seems to have been a break-out year, so to speak...

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