Earle sensei: story Mitsuko Tashiro: photographs
P1 Wow, Look how clear the water is. You can see the reflection of the tree in the water.
P2 The colour of the pond water is such a beautiful blue.
P3 You can see the leaves so clearly at the bottom of the pond.
P4 This scene/place looks like a painting.
P5 It appears as though the maple trees are in the river.
P6 Can you tell which sunset is the real one?
P7 How many mountains can you see?
P8 Like these pictures, there are many places in Japan where the water is this clean.
Why do you think there are many places in Japan with such beautiful water as this?
P9 There are three secrets to this
P10 The first secret is rain. Japan gets a lot of rain a lot during June, July and September.
P11 The more it rains, naturally the amount of water increases.
P12 The second secret is snow.
P13 Winter in Japan falls between December and February. It is very cold and snows frequently.
P14 After Winter, the warmth of Spring takes over and the snow melts, becoming water, in turn becoming running streams.
P15 The third secret is in the mountains. Although Japan is a small country, there are lots of mountains. All together there are about 18,000.
P16 The most famous mountain is of course Mt Fuji, which technically is a volcano.
P17 In fact, out of 18,000 mountains, around 100 are volcanos.
P18 It both rains and snows in these mountains.
P19 The water then soaks the earth, and many years later waterfalls are formed. It is said that the water takes a hundred years to travel.
P20 And then, there are the trees in the mountains.
P21 The roots of the trees drink a lot of water and store it underground, creating lakes and streams.
P22 The water is natural and always running, and this makes it cleaner.
P23 So now you can understand why the water in Japan is very clean, because of the naturally occurring elements of rain, snow and mountains. The forces of nature are amazing, aren’t they?