Two out of Three views of Japan

The “Three Views of Japan” are just like the Seven Wonders of the World, except they’re all in Japan. And there’s only three of them. Firstly there’s “Matsushima”, a group of around 260 miniature islands which are all covered in Pine trees (or “matsu”, hence the name). The area is apparently so beautiful that Matsuo Bashō (considered by many the grand master of the haiku) wrote the following: Matsushima ah! A-ah, Matsushima, ah! Matsushima, ah! Well, perhaps Matsuo Bashō was having an off-day, or maybe he too had only seen Google’s current satellite image – because from up…

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