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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Oshima Island Course (大島の路)| Onuma Quasi National Park (大沼国定公園)

Onuma Quasi National Park (大沼国定公園) is known for its scenic beauty containing Mt. Komagatake (駒ケ岳) and lakes such as Lake Onuma (大沼), Lake Konuma (小沼) and Lake Junsai (じゅんさい沼). As one of the oldest quasi national parks in Japan covering an area, equivalent to Kanagawa prefecture, this park is refereed to as the birthplace of a resort in Hokkaido.

Four attractive walking courses let us explore the lakes' peninsulas and 126 islands, several of which are connected with each other by small bridges, in easy 15-60 minute walks. Now, I'll show you the "Oshima Island Course (大島の路)", which is the flattest and shortest walking trail of the four.

First let's cross Nishiooshima Bridge (西大島橋) near a sightseeing boat landing-place.

We can enjoy small islands and Mt. Komagatake along the walking trail.

Between Nishioshima Bridge (西大島橋) and Higashi Oshima Bridge (東大島橋), there is a famous view point like this↓ Very beautiful, isn't it?

Do you know "Please do not stand at my grave and weep"? Writer unknown.
A then-12-year-old girl read this poem at Ground Zero for many who died in the 9/11 attacks, and instantly moved a lot of people throughout the world.

Man Arai (新井 満), a famous writer, translated the poem into Japanese, while feeling a thousand winds in this park. "To be a thousand winds (千の風になって)" sung by Masashi Akikawa (秋川 雅史) was a big hit in Japan several years ago, and this monument was contracted in the view point by the lake↓

Just for reference.....................

Please Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep
I am not there, I do not sleep
I am in a thousand winds that blow
I am the softly falling snow
I am the gentle showers of rain
I am the fields of ripening grain
I am in the morning hush
I am in the graceful rush
of beautiful birds in circling flight
I am the star shine of the night
I am in the flowers that bloom
I am in a quiet room
I am the birds that sing
I am in each lovely thing
Do not stand at my grave and cry
I am not there, I do not die

We had a very peaceful moment in front of the monument for a while!
Well, well, well, let's move on to the walking tour!

The trail is very flat, and even children and elder people can enjoy this course.

Located near the end of this walking path, Tai Park (太公園) has a big fishing pond, where we can enjoy carp fishing!

Local high school students enjoyed fishing while we had the tour. They talked to my tour guests in English! Nice try!!!

It takes only 15 minutes to walk along the trail. Please enjoy the birch and maple forest along Lake Onuma!

■More information on the Park
Please refer to my other posts!
・ Island Tour Walking Path (50 minutes)→→→Please click here!
・ Sunset Walking Path (25 minutes)→→→Please click here!
・ Mathematics Walking Path→→→Please click here!
・ Sightseeing Boat Tour (30 minutes)→→Please click here!
・ Beef Restaurant→→→Please click here!
・ Microbrewery's beer→→→Please click here!

■Where is "Onuma Quasi National Park (大沼国定公園)"?

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■Tour guide information■
Do you need a nationally-licensed English-speaking tour guide when you travel to Hokkaido?I'll guide you! Plz click here!


Oyome-san said...

Mary Frye, an American woman wrote "Do Not Stand" in 1932, to help a friend whose mother died in Nazi Germany.

K.K. said...

This is one of the reliable theories, and the origin of the poem is still disputed.
Anyway, I had a peaceful time with my tour guests in front of the monument!

Kamal Gupta said...

Oyome san

Thank you. However, in 1932 Hitler or the Nazi party in Germany, were not in power. They came to power in 1933.

I have a small house in outskirts of Ohuma and I like this place very much and shall, if everything is OK I would like the remaining days of my life in this place.

Jessica Brown said...

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Jessica Brown said...

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