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To all tourists from overseas and photographers

2016年02月28日 | English
To all tourists from overseas and photographers
Private land and field, Don't enter!

To all tourists from overseas and photographers,

On 24th Feb 2016, a famous tree in Biei was cut down.
That tree was called “Philosophy Tree” due to its slanting shape, just looking like a thinker that makes it so famous. 30 years ago, I visited there at my first time and I am still loving that tree until now. One of the reasons that the tree was cut down is the owner thought it was too old. Unfortunately and more importantly, the bad manners of photographers and tourists lead to the upset decision.

The tree is named as "Philosophy's tree", it was very popular.

That tree grew in the middle of the field.
There were many tourists from overseas visiting it and they stepped in the private field without any permissions. The bacteria on their shoes were left on the field. The vegetables grown on the field were damaged seriously even though the field was covered with heavy snow and nobody knows it! When the snow melted, the bacteria attacked the vegetables. Even though you were not aware of the seriousness of entering the field, the same result still happened to the farm owners. Thus, you are ruining the fields.

The agriculture of Japan is about using slender technology to produce vegetables. Tourists are coming for the nature that is growing such high quality vegetables. However, the fields are not only the work place of farmers, but also private. If you come to visit their fields, we hope you can show your respect to the owners and also keep your manner.

If you keep ignoring the rules impolitely or repeat stepping in the private fields disrespectfully, you are not welcomed to visit our place.

If we travel to your country, we follow your rules as this is a must.
On the other hand, we wish you can follow our rules.

Private land and field, Don't enter!

We photographers protect the manners of "do not step in the field". If you find anyone who has entered the field in reverse, please remind him gently with a resolute attitude. We want to protect our precious agricultural land and tourism resources.

Biei in Hokkaido,Japan.
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