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アクティブ・レンジャー日記

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アクティブ・レンジャーとは、自然保護官の補佐役として、国立公園等のパトロール、調査、利用者指導、自然解説などの業務を担う環境省の職員です。管内には、瀬戸内海、西海、雲仙天草、阿蘇くじゅう、霧島錦江湾、屋久島、慶良間諸島、西表石垣国立公園、やんばる国立公園、奄美群島国立公園があります。

To pursue “A lady in woods”1(Flowers in spring and Summer) 【Unzen-Amakusa National Park/ Unzen Area】

2022年06月23日
雲仙 古城かおり

Nitatoge:June 2022




Hello.
 This is from Unzen Ranger Office in Unzen called “the summer resort above the clouds”. Here we still have days with cold weather even with long sleeved shirts.
 In Japan, women have been compared to flowers since ancient times, such as "a peony when standing, a peony when sitting, and a lily when walking". Same as we compared a Japanese woman to the "Yamato Nadeshiko". On the other hand, flowers are sometimes compared to women.

A bud of Oyamarenge:May 2022


 In Unzen, there is a beautiful flower, Magnolia sieboldii subsp.Japonica(Oyamarenge). It is often called, "The lady in the forest”. It sounds just like a Japanese woman’s name.The first name is Renge and the last name is Oyama.
 Many people visit Mt. Fugen during this season, hoping to catch a glimpse of the lady in the forest.  
 The photo on the left is a bud of Oyamarenge in May and the photo below is a bud of Oyamarenge in June of this year. The bud itself wears elegance. It’s like a beautiful sculpture. Personally, I think that if this shape were made of wood, it would be good to use for pressure points of your hands. It would feel good to roll it around in your hand.

A bud of Oyamarenge:June 2022


 Due to the eruption of Mt. Fugen that began in 1990 and continued through 1996, the Oyamarenge in Unzen was thought to have become extinct; however, seeds that had been buried in the soil and dormant for several years germinated and now, about 30 years since the eruption, they have grown into large plants that blossom every year.
 If you walk along the Mt. Fugen trail, you will see many small plants of Oyamarenge that blossom in a few years or decades. We may be able to see many more Oyamarenge flowers.  
 In the next issue, I will report on the blooming Oyamarenge flowers. (To be continued)