Hakone's Awesome Owaku-dani Valley

Appreciating the frightening power of nature

Intense energy is popping up from under the clefts of rocks all around you. Phreatic explosions are taking place right under your feet. Welcome to Owaku-dani Valley! It must have been so scary for the ancient people who lived near here in the Hakone mountain ranges. Even now I experience a kind of helpless feeling when I see this eerie view. Why? I think it’s because we can’t do anything in the face of the sudden destructive power of Mother Earth.

Tomoko Kamishima
Photography by Tomoko Kamishima
Contributor, Kanagawa
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