Saturday, 14 December 2013

Shibazakura! Hokkaido, Japan:

Shibazakura! Hokkaido, Japan:

Takinoue is a town located in Monbetsu District, Okhotsk Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan. As of December 31, 2011, the town has an estimated population of 3,037 and a population density of 3.96 persons per km². The total area is 766.89 km².In the Ainu language, the Takinoue area is called Ponkamuikotan which roughly translates to "Village of the Small Gods." The name Takinoue, which literally means "Above the Waterfall," originates from the first Japanese settlers who founded the city upstream from a waterfall.Takinoue is famous for its mint production and produces 95% of the mint available in Japan. Currently there is about 10 hectors of land dedicated to mint farming.Takinoue Park is famous for Shibazakura or Pink Moss. The 10,000 m² park attracts thousands of visitors every year between May and June when the flowers are in full bloom.Takinoue is surrounded on three sides by mountains. It shares the fourth side with Monbetsu City.



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