Ohnuma Park !

by Kazu

I think you can  easily imagine the scenery when the mountain erupted so many years ago. The top of the mountain was taken away with the explosion.
 At the foot of Mt. Komagatake, there are several ponds that create so comfy place to visit. It is called Ohnuma that means big pond in Japanese.
Azalea flowers were so beautiful in Ohnuma Park too on that day. So many tourists on the other part on this globe were visiting this area.


Climb the hill again ?

 by Kazu

Upper side of Mt. Esan was not filled up with azalea flowers blooming yet. The forest on this mountain seemed to be well-planned and trimmed.
 Getting down the mountain, we headed to Hakodate City and turned to the north to go back to Sapporo City. The scenery of the southern part of Hokkaido is so mild, I think.
 Mt. Komagatake is also an active volcano. There are 6 "Mt. Komagatake" in Japan. My root is in Nagano Prefecture and there is another "Komagatake" in Nagano.


Good bye flowers !

by Kazu

My wife also loves flowers and the season of flowers. During winter, we are longing for the beautiful season.Beautiful flowers ease the pain and make us energized. They are amazing grace.
What lets us live may allow us to exist on this globe. But if we are too arrogant, we can not exist any more. We have to face the truce.
After the trekking, we were so tired that we could not go up the hillside to see the flowers any more. We decided to leave there after being impressed.

Who planted these azalea trees ?

by Kazu

I felt as if I was dreaming because of the beauty of azalea flowers. Every year, when I  see the flowers, I really appreciate the amazing grace. Thanks God, I am managing to live.    
Every creature seemed to be pleased with the season of beautiful flowers and lives. The flowers were inviting insects and birds as well as human beings.
So many citizens and tourists visit there every year. Yes, beautiful flowers can allure many people who love flowers and need to be watered.


Azalea Festival at the foot of Mt. Esan !

by Kazu

I could not believe the beauty of Azalea flowers at the foot of Mt. Esan on that day after our trekking to the peak of Mt. Esan. The pink flowers were shining under the sunshine of spring.
 Every time I am moved by the beauty of flowers, I wonder how the plants create such vivid and beautiful colors by themselves.
To be honest, I was a little bit tired after our trekking. But the beauty of the flowers of azalea gave us the second wing to stroll around the park on the hillside.


Longing for the season of flowers !

by Kazu

I felt like as if I owned a beautiful garden on my premises but it must be so expensive to keep such kind of beautiful scenery for a person.
 Just after coming back from our jaunt to Hakodate City, cherry blossoms got started to bloom in Sapporo City. The pale pink colors ease the pain of our mind so nicely.
I hope that the cherry blossoms around the park will be blooming this year .


Is this a kind of oasis ?

by Kazu

We found a bunch of small flowers with very thin stems in the shade of a rock. The flowers were subtly insisting their value and beauty.
We can find a variety of beauty in our life if we open our mind and can interested in the existence other than ourselves.
Even if you are not interested in such kind of scenery, your important person may fall in love with the beauty of nature. You may fall in love with the countenances of the person satisfied with the beauty, I think.


Strolling around the peak of Mt. Esan !

by Kazu

If we could have enough time to stay there, we could enjoy enough the typical seasonal scenery from the peak of Mt. Esan, looking around the world.
Needless to say, there was no restroom on top the mountain. We should be calm in the sacred area and thank enough to the deities for allowing us to enter the area, I believe.
With so much perspiration, we did not want to piss in the sacred area. But we should go back to the world of ordinal people in the lower area.


So did I !

 by Kazu

My wife seemed to be so satisfied with her accomplishment. Every time we enjoy trekking and go up to the peak of mountains, I have to play the role of sherpa and carry bottles of water and juice for my wife to reduce the burden she has to shoulder.  
The gate to the shrine called "Torii" could be seen on the southern part of the peak. It is the sacred area for the people living around the mountain.
The highland may be easy to reach, I think. The lava rocks were very hard and ragged even hundreds of years after the eruption.


612.07 meters high !

by Kazu

We reached the peak of Mt. Esan. It was so easy to reach the peak but under the sunshine and with the reflection from the ground, it is much tougher to stroll around on the barren hillside. The height of the mountain is not so much but this is a must to visit when you drop by Hakodate City.
The horizon was vague and the border of the sky and the ocean was blurred on that day.
My wife seemed to be so satisfied but she sometimes weep when she goes through narrow trail on the cliff. I love to see her scared and encourage her to be brave.