• Short Summary

    It is now the skating season here in Japan, especially in cold mountainous districts where there are lakes.

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    It is now the skating season here in Japan, especially in cold mountainous districts where there are lakes.

    This is Lake Suwako in Nagano Prefecture located to the west of Tokyo.

    Recently the lake which is one of the largest in this country froze for the first time in three years and a large number of persons turned out to enjoy the winter sport.

    They included local students, children and even old couples. Some of them were clad in padded dressing-gowns while a maid with a baby on her back dangerously practised skating led by little children.

    Old couples like a newly-wed skated hand in hand, but that was to prevent them from falling down hard.

    As there are many spas around the lake many tourists visit Lake Suwa from where they can enjoy the beautiful sight of Mt. Fuji whose top is almost all the year round covered with snow.

    A few days later, January 19, there appeared a long, but narrow crack on the surface of the ice-bound lake. It was the first time in four years. This crack is often caused by changes in the temperature which result in the expansion of water underneath the ice.

    This phenomenon is locally called a "pass for God to cross the lake".

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    Film ID:
    VLVADA61AC4JAP0TXB2T5PWE5LLSL
    Media URN:
    VLVADA61AC4JAP0TXB2T5PWE5LLSL
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/01/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:53:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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