Monkey Park - Jigokudani

Watching monkeys soak in hot spring

By Yoshiko Toyama    - 1 min read

This hot spring is about a 40-minute walk from Kanbayashi Onsen in Nagano. You should prepare snowshoes if you visit in winter, because the snow is quite deep around here. There is a small quiet village along the way where there are several inns and a souvenir shop. The monkeys are fed by local people, because in winter it is quite difficult for them to survive. Watching them soaking in the hot spring, or eating food with their family, and watching baby monkeys playing together. They are soooooo cute. I didn't get tired watching them for hours and hours.

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Yoshiko Toyama

Yoshiko Toyama @yoshiko.toyama

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"....