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Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Thoughts About Japan's Waterways



When I first visited Japan I was surprised by the amount of advertising nearly everywhere I looked. Even in a lonesome rural area, on a long trip by rail, I could gaze out at the view and see signs promoting "727" brand cosmetics.

727 brand cosmetics.


But impressively, Japan had vast amounts of water - beautiful rivers and streams - and I was fascinated at the sight. I had to touch it.

In Gifu I put my hands in a small stream near the castle, while in Iwakuni I waded in the river below the famous bridge.

Wading in Iwakuni.


In Gujo Hachiman I could drink the water! Where I reside, in Southern California, the weather is commonly dry and warm.

Iwakuni Bridge.


Recently this blog listed the annual hours of sunshine for an assortment of world cities, including Tokyo, Kyoto, and Los Angeles. Of course (sigh) we have the most sun hours of all. Yes, sunshine is nice and I do appreciate it, but I wish we could get more rain than we have so far this season, which has been next-to-nothing.

Charlton Heston in Soylent Green.


I can image global warming here as being somewhat akin to the world portrayed in the 1973 film "Soylent Green." (Now, wait a minute, don't look shocked.). Charlton Heston makes his way through this movie looking perpetually hot, sweaty, and uncomfortable, and this is PRIOR to making his shocking discovery.

I like to view Japan's travel web cameras (recommend: www.shimogo-live.jp and Lake Ashi at www.hakone.or.jp) and often the scenic view has water. Over time, through my numerous searches I have learned that all of Japan's waterways are on camera. I venture the guess that the reason is due to potential flooding. The cameras keep an eye on the water's state of activity.

Water in the USA.


I hope to visit Japan in the spring time and enjoy these beautiful streams and rivers, even if I'm being watched.

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