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[Movie] A heart of snow

The Yomiuri Shimbun

The Yomiuri Shimbun A huge heart shape formed by snow on Lake Toyoni in Erimo, Hokkaido, is seen from a helicopter chartered by The Yomiuri Shimbun. Snowfall accumulated over the frozen surface of the small lake, which is about 1.5 kilometers around. Lake Toyoni is surrounded by primeval forest in Hidaka Sanmyaku-Erimo Quasi-national Park, including ezonakiusagi (Japanese pika), a species believed to have existed since glacial times. It’s nicknamed “heart lake,” because viewed from the air it looks like a heart mark held by the mountains. The town government’s industry promotion section said the snow usually begins to melt in mid-April. [Released on March 14, 2018]

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