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This is Myojin Pond situated on a short isthmus of land on the Sea of Japan in Hagi City, Yamaguchi Prefecture. This pond was created by eruptions of the nearby Mt. Kasa volcano and though it is apparently landlocked, it is fed by sea water from channels that also let marine life. Fish such as sea bream, halibut and stingrays can be found in it's waters, as well a unusual numbers of hawks who prey on the marine life. Also on this pond is Itsukusihima Shrine. Built in 1686, this shrine with its stone lanterns is dedicated to the god of fishing and is where fisherman come to pray for a bountiful harvest. This image shows a many Black Kites which is a species of hawk that inhabits this area. Same image available in B&W.
- Torin Boyd 2007 - all rights reserved.
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