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White wonderland: Skunk cabbages in full bloom at Oze marshland


KATASHINA, Gunma -- Oze National Park, a popular highland hiking destination that attracts about 300,000 people a year, was opened to the public on May 24 after being closed for the winter.

Hikers are greeted by a carpet of white and green from the skunk cabbages at the marshland, the largest mountainous wetland in Honshu.

According to local tourist associations in Gunma and Fukushima prefectures, this year there is less snow remaining than an average year and the skunk cabbages started to bloom about 10 days earlier than usual at the marshland.

(Japanese original by Koichiro Tezuka, Photo Group)

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