By Amanda Ho
Lake Mashu in east Hokkaido is a deep blue beautiful lake, but it’s quite rare to be able to see the entire lake at one glance, especially in summer when the sky is not clear. We Japanese call it “The foggy lake of Mashu.”
Because of the precipitous cliffs around this lake, it quite often happens that a thick fog shows up that lasts all day long. Weather data indicates that there are more than 100 days per year where Lake Mashu is enveloped in heavy fog.
But what luck! We saw the entire lake on this occasion in mid-September. It was a beautiful day and both the sky and lake were almost crystal clear.
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Japan is a small island nation, but we have a huge number of surprising things to discover here. Many of these delights can be found when you step off the main street onto small side paths. I really enjoy studying about and researching various aspects of traditional Japanese culture, and then sharing this information with visitors to Japan. I hope you will enjoy it, too! ARTICLE INDEX & PHOTOS: An index of most of my Japan Travel articles can be found at the entry page of my blog, and my photos are shown here. 日本はとても小さな国ですが、大通りから一本小道に入ればたくさんの発見があります。日本人が積み重ねてきた歴史を学びながら、古い建物や庭を訪ね、物語の舞台となった景色を眺めて、皆様といっしょに日本文化の奥深さを探求していきたいと思います。