Gods & Goddess live in Kamikochi

Mysteriously beautiful ponds, Taisho & Myojin Pond

By Yoshiko Toyama    - 1 min read

You can arrive at this amazingly beautiful place after just a 3-hour drive from Tokyo. Get off the Chuo-highway at Matsumoto and visit Castle Matsumoto, also called Black Castle too. It was Lotus flower season and their were white swans in the moat.

You have to park your car at the Sawando parking area, and everyone has to take a bus or taxi to Kamikoch. It's great fun to row a boat at Taisho Pond where the water is clear and as cold as ice water. The Hodaka mountains view is so breathtakingly beautiful walking along the Azusa river side…

From Kappa-bashi, after a 2-hour trek, you suddenly reach a very mysteriously beautiful pond called Myojin Pond. Shirahone Onsen (hot spring) has an outdoor public bath where you can relax your tired feet and soul. You might enjoy a star-filled night sky if you are lucky.

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Yoshiko Toyama

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Basically, I enjoy making short videos. I studied film making at The Persons Art School in New York a long, long time ago. At that time I used 16mm film with a Bolex movie camera. Film was not digitized yet. Nowadays I shoot & edit my videos with very basic equipments, like the Victor Everio and Nicon J1 camera with a basic lens, and also Movie Maker & i-Movie for editing....When I asked to a movie director "what kind of equipment do you recommend?" He said to me, "The making film is not depending on any equipment. It depend on what you want to make and what you want to say...that's the most important." Thinking about it, any wonderful movie is not using much effects staff, but these seems just using simple style. My video style is very simple. But I think "Simple Is Best and my Style"....