Sometimes referred to as "Little Oze", this marshland area and small lake at Mount Akagi has lovely scenery in every season. In winter it is covered with snow, in spring azaleas bloom, summer sees many wild flowers blooming the grasses and the high elevation keeps the temperature pleasant, while autumn brings misty mornings and turns the grass and trees to gold.
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I came to Japan in 2003 to teach English. I lived in Shiga prefecture for one year, and it still holds a special place in my heart. I lived in Kyoto for nine years, then moved to Machida, Tokyo in 2014 after meeting my Japanese partner. I love to take photos, and my Japan in Pictures Facebook page has some 40,000 followers. I have been the Regional Partner for Yamanashi Prefecture since 2014. I am enjoying exploring the prefectures around Tokyo (I like to get off the beaten track), and I hope the photos and stories I share will encourage more people to discover this wonderful country.