To meet Water Kamui (nature and god) Akan Lake in Hokkaido, that old myths are still alive
Akan Lake in Kushiro City, the eastern part of Hokkaido, is a mysterious place that Water Kamui (god) is still alive.
Akan Lake was born from an erupted volcano about 170,000 years ago, and clean water were coming from the mountain.
In this clear lake, red salmons and rainbow trouts are shined silver, and mysterious marimo (moss ball) spends silent moments in 1to 2 meters depth in the water.
In the other country, only Myvaton Lake in Iceland has marimo.
And perfect marimo is in Akan Lake only.
The volcano that created Akan Lake is still alive, and there are hot springs.
When you pass the promenade around Akan Lake, you’ll see the dead view by muds warmed by the volcanic gas.
It’s a power spot called bokke.
Around Akan Lake is the place of “Ainu” people.
The history of Ainu is very old; it’s been before Japanese people landed in Japan islands from the continent.
Ainu people respected the grand nature and the nature itself, in other word, Kamui (the god in trees, flowers, water, lands, and mountains), and lived with them.
Myths and cultures by Ainu are able to see in a village of Ainu, “Akan Lake Ainukotan”.
There is able to eat Ainu foods that born from the nature in Akan Lake.
Its taste is fulfilled by rural beauty by Hokkaido deers and alpine leeks.
The nature of Akan Lake with Kamui makes people great.
If you see Akan Lake, get in the hot spring, and lie on the tatami, you’ll be recover from daily stresses.
Akan Lake Natsukito:https://www.tsurugagroup.com/plans/natsukito/
Akan Lake Ainukotan:https://www.akanainu.jp/
【Source of photos】http://ja.kushiro-lakeakan.com/overview/9348/