NIPPON Kichi - 日本吉

2007/10/24

花咲灯台車石 Hanasakitoudai-kurumaishi Hanasaki Lighthouse Kurumaishi

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Hanasaki Lighthouse Kurumaishi (wheel stone) down the path from Hanasaki Lighthouse at the tip of Cape Hanasaki is one of a few of its kind in the world. This unique stone, 6 m in diameter, is a nationally designated Natural Monument. With radial joints in concentric circle, it really looks like a wheel as its name shows.

Besides this huge stone, there are some other wheel stones, 1 to 3 m in diameter, can be found in this area. The radial joints on a wheel stone were created when hot lava was cooled in the sea water in a short time. Amazingly, wheel stones were created as long as 6,000 years ago, when dinosaurs became extinct. Hanasaki Lighthouse Kurumaishi is the symbol of the cape that tells us the memory of mother earth.

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Hanasakiminato, Nemuro, Hokkaido 087-0032
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Hanasaki Lighthouse Kurumaishi




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