Visiting Obuse town,
Visiting Obuse town,
there is the place gathering about 10 museums, old Japanese style structures, and souvenir shops of the chestnut's sweets (home products). Thereby there are always many visitors. The reason why there are a lot of museums is that this town produced some artist Chinami Nakajima(Japanese painting?fs artist) etc. Hokusai (this pic's man) was effected for one person who live in Nagano, so he visited the person in his old term. Anyway, it's tasteful town.
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Nagano has won me over to winter... here I met Rhianon (kiwigal_1) and thereby made a wonderful friend!! Saw monkeys, sat (naked!) at an outdoor spa surrounded by mountain scenery (and monkeys!! :o ), learned to ski and just had one of the best times in Japan yet!! :)
See those trees at the front of the picture? They are usually apple or stone-fruit orchards. Nagano is known for its skiing, apples, sake (Japanese rice wine) and soba (buckwheat noodles)! Oh, and onsen (hot springs) of course!!
These monkeys are the most northerly situated monkeys in the world. Although called a "park" the monkeys are in fact free to roam and simply choose to stay. No wonder - they have these therapeutic natural hot springs to keep warm in and a hand to feed them. No, not your hand! Feeding the monkeys is strictly forbidden. This is to insure that they leave visitors alone. There is a man - a kind of caretaker/leader who feeds them.
This deep valley is known as "Jikokudani" or "Devil's Valley". In the center of Japan, at 800m above sea-level, it is covered in snow for much of the year.
Did you know they have the same number of teeth as humans? (36).
They like to live in groups.
However some males choose to become loners for a while.
The average life-span is 25-30years.
The female gives birth to about one baby a year.
They make no specific nest, finding a new place to rest each day.
Each day is centered around finding food, relaxing and playing.
This is the man who "looks after" the monkeys, though they are completely free to come and go. They trust him completely.