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 fell in love with Japan long before I came here in 2003 to teach English, and it has proved to be a lasting romance. I love the history, the traditional architecture, the food, the strange and sometimes ridiculous contrasts, and the beautiful countryside. I lived in Shiga prefecture for one year, and in Kyoto for nine years, and now I live in Machida in Tokyo. I've traveled a little in Japan, but not nearly as much as I'd like to. I like traveling by train, but my favorite way to travel is bicycle.