Tuesday, 17 April 2012

A Small Lake At The Edge Of Town

Lake Kinrinko is a natural landmark in Yufuin other than Mount Yufu. Lake Kinrinko means "Golden scale Lake" or "shining scales of fish in the setting sun". I believe kin = gold. Rin = scales (of carp?). Ko = lake. Right?

Legend has it that there's a dragon that causes hot spring water to gush out from the lake.

Visiting the lake in the early morning allowed us to see the lake covered with milky white morning mist, caused by the half-cold, half-warm water of the lake.

Visit it in the evening and one can expect the Lake living up to its "golden scale" name.

The floating torii at Tenso Shrine that I blogged about, earlier.
Now, whose out enjoying their morning bath at the warm lake? ^^ Their peaceful morning bath ritual was interrupted by the visitors soon after.
After spending about an hour enjoying a quiet stroll by the lake, we had to made our retreat when tour groups came to the lake in droves. Zaini back to our cottage and me, a quick run around the neighbourhood.

36 comments:

  1. Lina, I really appreciate your photography. I love to see Japan...So fancinating.

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    1. Places with stunning scenery make it easy to capture nice photos. ^^

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    2. Ya full of colours. environment is good too.

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    3. Yup.

      Burst of vibrant colours.

      Cool weather too.

      I always feel that Spring is a watercolour painting.

      Autumn is oil painting. ^^

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  2. Wow! That is really stunning. Japan is blessed with so much natural beauty.

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    1. Yeah and who says Japan is all about big cities and tall buildings, right? ^^

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  3. Where have you been hiding these exquisite autumn photos?!

    I almost got grumpy because you've been hoarding them, but actually it's like a Xmas present in June: even better! :)

    That milky white mist on the lake ... do you think that's the dragon's breath?

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    1. A slumbering dragon's breath maybe? ^^

      There's another dragon in another lake in another part of Japan - Lake Tazawako. A maiden turned into a dragon after yearning for eternal beauty. :)

      p.s I'm purposely ignoring your royal highness grumpiness and will continue posting autumn photos well into summer. More photos to come. And come slowly they will. Bwahaha

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    2. A maiden turned into a dragon? And no phoenix?

      I've always thought that dragon is associated with male and phoenix, female??

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    3. Really?

      I'm very stupid about legends and lore one! xD

      The phoenix I know is the one mentioned in Harry Potter. LOL

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    4. We should tell that legend to all the young girls who compulsively groom themselves in trains. Have you noticed that? If they're not peering at themselves in massive hand-held mirrors, they're staring at their own reflections in the train windows.

      Your Royal Grumpiness will grumpily wait. Hmph.

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    5. OMG! Public grooming!

      I think I had a post or a rant about it somewhere in this blog.

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    6. I enjoy public grooming sometimes :p

      You'll easily catch me looking dreamy at shopping outlets' window, self-admiring, adjusting my hair or clothes, kekeke!

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  4. I think your interpretation of the kanji is correct, but we should get confirmation from Cocomino or Minor! ^^

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    1. Thanks for mention my name.
      """金鱗湖 kin = gold. Rin = scales (of carp?). Ko = lake. Right?
      I also think that is correct.

      As you may have read the wiki, "魚の鱗が夕日に照らされて金色に輝くのを見て「金鱗湖」と名付けたと伝えられている。" it means."shining scales of fish in the setting sun". That's correct.

      Anyway, it's a beautiful place.

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  5. Looks like a beautiful place and love all the colours at that time of the year :)

    Japan Australia

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    1. I wish I can see it during Spring too! :)

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  6. This is the same lake that you posted earlier, just that it's the opposite scene, am I right?

    You mentioned the torii~~

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    1. I also mentioned Tenso Shrine.

      There are a lot of toriis in Japan you know. ;p

      Yup, the same lake. Lake Kinrinko. Very small lake but absolutely nice to visit.

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  7. I do believe the dragon sleep in the lake. How come the weather is cold but the water in the lake is warm, if it isn't the dragon breathing fire?

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    1. Hahaha... you and your imagination!

      Eh! Can make a comic from that, you know. Draw us one lah! ^^

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    2. Wait till I learn how to draw via computer, hehehe...

      Then my first comic strip would be the dragon of Lake Kinrinko~

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  8. Now those are not storks anymore. They are swans.... and none of them bothered to 'show their faces' to the cameraman, boo-hoo.

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    1. They "jual mahal"! kakaka

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    2. What is jual mahal? I don't have that word on my Malay list (yet).

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    3. Jual = sell
      Mahal = expensive/high priced

      "jual mahal" = playing hard to get. Like Zaini used to do. xD

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    4. Eh, Zaini used to jual mahal, but you still managed to grab, not bad~

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    5. I can be rather tenacious in getting the things I set my mind to. ;p

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  9. Wow! Kinrinko looks like a heaven.

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    1. Sure is!

      You visited the Lake during winter, if I remember correctly? :)

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  10. What a scenic area! I can see why people can just relax here with or without the warm bath. By the way, those birds or ducks seem to be too close to the warm water. Aren't they afraid of being "cooked"? :P

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    1. It wasn't that warm. :)

      And with the cold season, I guess it was nice for the birds to be enjoying warm water? ;)

      Naturally cooked birds - that would be a convenience for visitors. LOL

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  11. The duckies are drinking water :D

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  12. Gorgeous photos of a gorgeous place!

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    1. Gorgeous places make it easy to take nice photos. ^^

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