【Kamuy landscapes】

The deep forests and coastlines inhabited by wildlife. Introducing Hokkaido’s natural scenery that changes with the seasons

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【Kamuy landscapes】Wintertime Shiretoko Cape Chashikotsu, a world of ice

Cape Chashikotsu, a seemingly endless world of ice

Cape Chashikotsu is located in the Utoro area of Shari Town in the Okhotsk Subprefecture. There, the drift ice blanketing the Sea of Okhotsk and icicles along the cape create a world of ice.

Sunlight is growing in strength, and there is an increasing freedom from the harshest winter climate of whole days in below freezing temperatures. However, at the Shiretoko Peninsula, both the land and the ocean are completely painted white with ice and snow. Low pressures bring clouds, and clouds bring snow. Spring has not come quite just yet.

At the tip of Cape Chashikotsu, the bottom bedrock has been eroded by waves and the top juts out in an overhang. Wave splashes form hanging icicles, and snow blows in and sticks to them. It looks almost like a frozen waterfall. The bare rock surface is already hard to walk on normally. And clad in armor of ice, it does not easily permit approach by humans.

I saw firsthand that the harsh winter season had effectively preserved the untouched nature of Shirietoku (Shiri is “land” in the Ainu language, and etoku is “tip”).
(Words and photo: Shigeru Tadanobu)

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Cape Chashikotsu

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