World of silver

January 18th, 2010 by
Category: Information, Outdoor Activities


Winter turns the Kiso Valley into a silvery world; one only ambiguously defined through dim rays of sunlight.  The cold, dry air is difficult to be in; driving is treacherous; and the days are short.  However, it is this season, more than any other, that brings a true sense of appreciation to those who are patient enough to seek it out.

Shizen-ko, a lake that sits about 10 kilometers beyond the central part of Otaki Village, is, even in summer, a surreal landscape.  In winter the frozen lake takes on ephemeral qualities–one may feel they simply dreamed the place. (Read more about Shizen-ko here).

Photo courtesy of 水と緑のふるさと王滝村

Photo courtesy of 水と緑のふるさと王滝村

Ice fishing is popular on Shizen-ko both among locals and outsiders, and wakasagi (the small smelt of a Japanese variety) is the main catch.  Batter and fry these little suckers (on the spot if you’d like) and you’re in for a culinary treat.  Of course, ice fishing can be dangerous, so please use the proper caution and find a knowledgeable person to tag along with.

Long live winter.

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