Happy New Year 2024! Wishing you all a prosperous and joyful year ahead.
This winter, the Taushubetsu Bridge has defied expectations by remaining above water. Normally prone to damage from ice and thawing, it seems the bridge has been spared further deterioration for now.
Last year, parts of the bridge collapsed, signaling its fragile state. It's only a matter of time before the bridge no longer stands as a single entity.
Celebrating the 5th anniversary of "Taushubetsu Journal," I continue to document the bridge's gradual decline. This unique endeavor is supported by our crowdfunding community.
My mission to capture the bridge’s gradual demise continues. Upcoming is "Taushubetsu Journal Issue 8," with a project launch on ReadyFor set for February 1st.
Also, check out my daily posts on Instagram featuring a range of photos from the past 20 years of the Taushubetsu Bridge.
Visit our YouTube "Taushubetsu Channel" for more captivating footage of the bridge.
Thank you for your continued support and interest. Here's to a memorable 2024!
Over the past week, with the intensifying chill of the mornings and evenings, Nukabira Lake in Hokkaido has completely frozen over. This year, the freeze came a bit earlier than last, possibly due to the low water levels preventing the submersion of the Taushubetsu River Bridge, a historic and revered structure in the region.
This bridge, no longer in use, stands as a poignant reminder of the past, beautifully juxtaposed against the stark winter landscape. Its unique character is enhanced in winter, especially when framed by the natural ice art that forms in the area.
Before the snow blankets everything, the cold mornings see the lake adorned with frost flowers. These delicate ice structures, formed when water vapor freezes in frigid air, create an ethereal and transient beauty, stretching across the frozen surface like a winter garden.
Beneath your feet, if you venture onto the ice, you'll find ice bubbles trapped within. These are formed by gases released by decomposing plants on the lake bed, captured as if in time, creating a fascinating scene under the clear ice.
Every winter, I find myself captivated by these natural sculptures. They are a stark reminder of nature's ability to craft beauty in the most unexpected ways, turning the frozen lake into a gallery of fleeting, crystalline art.
As the season progresses, these scenes will be covered by snow, but for now, they offer a glimpse into the magical, often overlooked artistry of winter in Hokkaido.