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Japan in Green Season

Discussion in 'Japan' started by Lucky Pete, Jul 23, 2019.

  1. Hyst

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    Are brown bear attacks not very rare on Hokkaido?
    While black bear attacks on Honshu have become frequent this days.

    You could open a new summer tourism: Bear watching! Just like on Shiretoko.:D
     
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    New tour good idea. "Being Chased by Bears". Have your own insurance!. Pretty rare really considering how many there are and how close to built ups areas they come to. There was a 60 year old attacked recently but haven't heard of any other's recently. Local news (NHK) had a report on the increasing number of bear sightings in and around urban areas the other night. The browns are not as aggressive as the black bears but still, not worth taking a chance with.
     
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  3. Ramenman

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    Speaking of bears, some bear attack cases in Honshu were reported recently. One of the cases reported recently is that an American person who is living in Minakami village was attacked by a bear, and he was sent to a hospital. Minakami village is famous for ski resorts. Apart from tourism and farming, I assume there isn't a big industry there. American people are working as famers there? That's not very likely (some are working as farmers, but they are rare people). Then, he settled in Minakami for ski resort business?. Not sure, but I wondered when I heard the news.

    By the way, if you want to see Higuma (Higuma is a Japanese word for the bears you see in Hokkaido island, I mean, bears in Honshu and bears in Hokkaido are different as Telenomore-san mentioned), you should go to a corn farm. I mean, Higuma loves sweet vegetables and fruits. Corns are sweet and they are often found in corn farms in Hokkaido.
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  4. 2ESki

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    Bloody hell :eek:
     
  5. Ramenman

    Ramenman One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    This is the incident (the news article is written in English)
    https://www.tokyoreporter.com/japan/american-man-seriously-hurt-in-bear-attack-in-gunma/


    But, basically, you actually don't need to worry too much. Their attacks are just panic attacks. They are not motivated at all to attack us humans basically. I don't know how effective "bear bells" actually are, but those items can notify the wild bears around you that you are in their vicinity, and they usually try to walk away from you.

    For 27 years between 1980 and 2006, only 26 people were killed by bear attacks. It's a bit old data but it seems the number of bear attack victims (the death toll) is only one per year on average. You know, the population of Japan is about 125 millions and only one dies because of bears per year (Edit: it seems the number has been increasing a bit recently but I'd say it's still very small numer)

    The number of death tolls caused by Bees / Hornets, Snakes and Bears. Blue = Bees / Hornets. Red = Snakes. Green = Bears.
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  6. skifree

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    Can you add lightning strike deaths and death by horses to your graph ?
     
  7. Ramenman

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    I couldn't find the deaths by horses, but I assume it's bigger than bears and smaller than snakes. Lightning strike deaths are very similar to deaths by snakes (30 deaths in a year happened in the past, but seeing the yearly average number in recent years, it's very near deaths by snakes). The graph below is "damages" by lightning strikes and it doesn't mean death tolls. Blue = Pacific Ocean side. Red = Sea of Japan side. As you can see, summer = lightning season. In winter, more lightnings can be seen on Sea of Japan side = where it snows a lot more.
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    I would have said that is well higher than Oz (we average 1, heading to 1.5 snake deaths a year). A function of more people in Japan maybe?
     
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  10. Ramenman

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    Most snake deaths in Japan happens in Okinawa. Winter in Okinawa is warm = more snakes can survive. Okinawa has Habu.

    This is Habu : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protobothrops_flavoviridis

    Even Habu sake is sold in Okinawa.
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    Mamushi is another killer snake. Mamushi can be seen in other Japanese islands as well.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mamushi
     
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    I once had mamushi at a barbecue....

    A colleague asked what my favourite Japanese food was.
    Instead of saying ebi, I said hebi by mistake.

    He’s a hunter and went to get a mamushi from his freezer and barbecued it.

    I had to eat it - tasted like when an insect flies into your mouth and you accidentally swallow it.

    Didn’t taste like chicken....
     
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  13. Ramenman

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    Summer is not a "non-ski season" for me. I mean, I grow quite many different vegetables and fruits in green season (and actually winter too) and I give the vegetables and fruits I harvest in green season to my ski mates. Then, they drive me to ski resorts in winter. So, I don't need to pay for highways, gasoline etc and they even pay me for restaurants & bars when we are in ski resorts. So, in a way, I earn some from my hobby farm. The vegetables below are only 1/3 to give my best ski mate today.


    7 different bell pepper families.


    My cat with a beautiful homegrown vegetable:p
     
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    Good looking Catsicum.
     
  15. Ramenman

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    All 5 videos below are green season climbing / hiking videos filmed last month or this month (August or September 2020) from 5 different Youtube channels.








     
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  16. telenomore

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    Weather has cooled, with an early autumn feel in central Hokkaido. Managed a quick session on the upper Sorachi this afternoon. Ame Masu beautifully patterned fish out of crystal clear water.

     
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  17. Lucky Pete

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    Colour change is starting, my Sakura is dropping its leaves, green season is over and soon we ride :)
     
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  18. Ramenman

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    初雪 (=First snow) was confirmed on Mt.Fuji today, which means, summer has ended;)?
     
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  19. Hyst

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    So Just under 25 C is end of summer? :D "Only in Japan" is the place to post that one LOL
     
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    Haha, but 25 C is actually the definition of summer here in Japan:p. I mean, JMA call 25 C or higher = 夏日. 夏 = summer. 日 = Day. So, 25 C or higher = summer day in Japan. JMA call 30 C or higher = 真夏日 = mid summer day. 35 C or higher = 猛暑日 = extremely hot day. They are common meteorological terms in Japan:)
     
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    Near the top of Myoko-san a couple of days ago.

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  23. Lucky Pete

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    Its rice harvest time here. Been out helping the extended family and got to drive the harvester for the 1st time. Good times! The old lady is ridicuously strong and although I do all I can so she doesnt have to she is moving 30-35kg bags of rice with ease.
     
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    All pics are walking / short cycling distance from our lodge in Urabandai. The lowest temperature was 10.8C and the highest temperature was 19.7C today. It was too cold for short-sleeves, so I'd say summer has ended. Edit: A typhoon is coming in a few days.
     
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    Looks like everyone has been out and about :D

    Today I was hiking around my namesake Mt. Asama. Definitely feeling autumnal, as I hope the first pic shows.

     
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  26. Ramenman

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    Autumn color season is no longer green season or it is a part of green season:rolleyes: ? (sorry if it's off-topic)

    This is Autumn color forecast of this season. It's a bit confusing, though. It says 山形蔵王 (Yamagata Zao) is from October 3rd but it depends on the altitude. The famous onsen village is at about 850m asl while you can drive up to the mountain ridge at 1,800m asl by yourself (easy drive, it's closed in winter, but it's open during Autumn color season). I love Autumn color in Japan.
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    Kyoto is even more popular during Autumn color period.
    https://www.google.com/search?q=kyo...mg&ei=n5NqX8PeL4bo0QTM9qe4Cg&bih=657&biw=1366
     
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    What's the wifi connectivity like? ;)

     
  28. Ramenman

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    Haha, I'd say almost all accommodations in Urabandai have free wifi. Some out door places (such as camping sites, etc) also have wifi. Urabandai highland has numerous lakes / ponds (almost all of them were born when Mt.Bandai erupted in 1888). There are camping sites along the lakes / ponds in the highland and there are wifi service in those camping sites.
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