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Blue Pond

Blue Pond

The Blue Pond also known as Aoiike in Japanese is located outside the onsen (hot spring) town of Shirogane. Blue Pond has a deep blue color because of minerals that naturally dissolve in the water.

Blue Pond is an artificial body of water with tree stumps protruding out of the surface. The Blue Pond’s color can be attributed to the natural minerals in the water. Aluminum hydroxide has been found present in the water and is known to reflect shorter wavelengths of blue light. It is similar to how the Earth’s atmosphere has a blue color. This means that in different parts of the day the Blue Pond changes hues or if you look at it from various angles. Even though the water looks blue from a distance does not mean that it is actual color of substance. If you were to scoop up the water into a cup it would be clear.

On the east side of the city, Mount Tokachidake, Mount Tomuraushi and Mount Chubetsu are located and known as active volcanoes. These mountains are part of the Daisetsuzan National Park and are referred to as Tokachi Volcanic Group. Since Mount Tokachidake’s eruption in December 1988, measures were taken to prevent damage to Biei. An erosion control was built to prevent disastrous outcomes, which created the Blue Pond near the Shirogane Onsen. It was not considered a tourist spot until recently when pictures of the body of water were included with the Apple OS X Mountain Lion.

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