2011 Taiwan Nagano 3 Japan


Another attraction of Yudanaka Onsen was "Snow Monkey".
I didn't expect much as it was not in Snowy season yet. But I decided to try it any way.
After my visit, I realized that I was wrong.

(1)「地獄谷」 (Jigokudani Monkey Park)

This is the trail head to the Jigokudani Monkey Park. The Monkey Park was a mile from this trail head. There is another trail to get to the Monkey Park but in winter time, this is the only way to get there.

As it was not in Snowy season, there was no reasons for monkeys to get into water. So the Monkey Park scattered grains into the water. The monkey in the water was picking grains from the water.

There were more people with cameras than monkeys …

The bond between mother and child was strong. The strong bond between them was displayed in many situations.


Baby monkeys were curious about everything, and they were so cute.


Monkeys and humans seemed to co-exist well with each other in the region. I think humans have learned how to live with their curious neighbors.

(2)「北斎館」(Hokusai-kan, Obuse, Nagano)
There was a museum in Obuse, Hokusa-kan, that mainly displayed Hokusai's works in his last years after he became famous for his works, such as Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji.

I was quite moved by his life-long dedication to art and his never-ending quest to become a real printer. He never sat idle in one form of painting (even though he is now known for his woodblock prints). He continuously experimented with a wide-range of painting techniques and pioneered new types of painting.

Here is an excerpt from Wikipedia:
Constantly seeking to produce better work, he apparently exclaimed on his deathbed, "If only Heaven will give me just another ten years… Just another five more years, then I could become a real painter."

His self-portrait (image from Wikipedia)

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