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Small swans and snow (Nagano, Toyoshina-cho)

On a plane called "Azumino" just out skirt of North Japan Alps, there is a town called Toyoshina. A river, Sai-Kawa, runs through it with plenty of meltwater from the snow of Alps. In 1984, few swans came to the river suddenly and ever since more and more swans came here to pass winter. Many amateur cameramen come to photograph about 500 swans every year. Swans provide warm scenes in cold winter.