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Hakuba’s Matsu River (白馬村の松川)

Hakuba japan Matsu River 白馬村 松川

In the distance is Hakuba’s majestic mountain range (shiroumarenpo or 白馬連峰). 白馬 means white horse. It can be read as either hakuba or shirouma. It’s usually read as the former for the town and the latter for the town’s mountains. Strange, no?

A famous (or should I say infamous?) sumo wrestler went by the name of Hakuba and used these same kanji. I watched him perform many times while I was in Japan, and always thought of the town of Hakuba when I heard his name. He was forced to retire earlier this year when it was found out that he fixed matches.

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