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ニペソツ山 Nipesotsu-yama Mt. Nipesotsu

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Mt. Nipesotsu with an altitude of 2,013 m above sea level is the highest peak in the Higashi-Daisetsu area in the central part of Hokkaido. The mountain path to the top is very steep and has a lot of narrow ridges. Its alpine feature, which is rare for the mountains in Hokkaido, has fascinated a lot of climbers. Seen at a short distance, its steep and harsh rock cliff looks as if it is repelling any human being. If you stand at the summit after going over a lot of furious ridges, you can command an exquisite view of Mt. Tomuurashi, the Tokachi mountain ranges, and the Omote-Daisetsu. The area is known as a habitat of Japanese pikas. You may be able to see a cute pika in this untamed mountain. How wonderful it will be to feel that you are standing in the midst of magnificent nature! Maybe this is why people are fascinated by this mountain.
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うさぎの吊るし飾り Usagi no tsurushi-kazari Rabbit Hanging Ornament

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Hanging ornaments such as these are known as 'tsurushi (hanging) kazari' or 'tsurushi hina'. These ornaments have been part of traditional culture since the Edo period, and the custom is rooted in the Izu-Inatori Onsen region. During the Hina (Girls) Festival, parents prayed for their daughter's happiness through a thread taken from a piece of old clothing. It is this hina hanging ornament that swings from both sides of the tiered stand used for the presentation of the hina dolls.
   This custom is called 'sagemon' in Yanagawa, Kyushu, 'kasafuku' in Sakata, Yamagata, and 'hanging hina' in Izu-Inatori. Only these three districts have inherited this historical patrimony, documents and photos.
   People entrust their wishes to the ornament. Some 110 ornaments have separate meanings. For example, the red eyes of a rabbit are supposed to have the power of causing and curing diseases. A rabbit is said to be the servant of a deity.
   It is lots of fun to decorate with ornaments that suit each season. Your favorite small objects will colour your life and enrichen your heart.
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