A Mountain Marshland
Ozegahara is a high-altitude marshland. To protect the unique, local ecosystem, the marsh is crisscrossed by a network of wooden boardwalks 60km long. While hikers can enjoy much of Oze's beauty from these paths, we fly a miniature helicopter away from the paths to glimpse some of the beautiful scenery that often lies hidden from visitors.
Mizubasyo (Japanese Skunk Cabbage)
The flowers of the Mizubasyo (Japanese skunk cabbage), which herald the arrival of spring, are a symbol of Oze. As the temperature in Oze is low throughout the year, the local soil is composed of peat. Peat contains only a limited amount of nutrients and oxygen, making it a difficult environment for plants to spread their roots. Oze's Mizubasyo (Japanese skunk cabbages) are distinguished by the long roots which the plants use to obtain the oxygen it needs directly from the air.
The Wetlands' Riches
An elderly couple, who moved to the mountains decades ago as pioneers, live closer to Oze than anyone else. At first, the pioneers fought against the environment, but they were eventually saved by crops that grow only in the wetlands. The elderly couple now lives peacefully, in harmony with nature, in a small house that was only connected to the electricity grid 10 years ago.