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On Mount Hachimantai in northeastern Japan, a pond becomes a “dragon’s eye”; Tourists come to see the mysterious phenomenon caused by melting snow

The Yomiuri Shimbun

Visitors admire the natural phenomenon known as the ‘Hachimantai Dragon Eye’ at Kagaminuma Pond, located near the summit of the 1,613-meter-high Hachimantai Mountain, which straddles the border of Iwate and Akita prefectures. When the snow at the edge of the 50-meter-wide pond begins to melt, it forms a ring around the remaining mass in the center, like an iris around a pupil. On clear days the water takes on the blue color of the sky, as if a huge dragon’s eye has opened.

A 47-year-old office worker from Tokyo who visited on Tuesday said: “I was born in the year of the dragon, so I wanted to come this year. I was very happy to see the mysterious dragon blue on a day without clouds and without wind.”



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