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Wakkanai Live Cam, Japan – Port

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Wakkanai – port on the island of Hokkaido, the northernmost city in Japan. The city is located on the shore of the Sea of Okhotsk La Perouse Strait, which separates the island of Hokkaido, Sakhalin.

Wakkanai was originally home to an Ainu population. The first Japanese settlement was established in 1685.

During WW II: The Imperial Japanese Navy used the harbor and port as a submarine base. Wakkanai, was far enough north to be out of the range of American heavy bombers and was safe from air attack. Until the early-mid 60′s, the northern portion of the harbor remained divided by concrete sub-mooring pens.

The large breakwater structure (which still exists) was actually a sub-repair facility. At the shore end there was a huge winching mechanism capable of hauling subs up into the partially enclosed structure where they could be worked on while completely out of the water. Built into the hills above the city there were several reinforced concrete bunker-type caves where (anecdotally) they were used either to store ammunition and armament, or as air raid shelters for the civilian populace.

History would suggest the former use, rather than the latter. During a re-build / renovation of the harbor sometime during the 60′s or 70′s the harbor was cleared of the concrete pens and the machinery was removed from the breakwater structure which was reconfigured.

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Hanamaki Live Cam, Japan – View of the river Kitakami

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Hanamaki – city in Japan, located in the prefecture of Iwate. The city is located on the island of Honshu in Iwate Prefecture Tohoku region. Since it borders the city of Morioka, Kitakami, Tono, Oshu, Miyako and villages nishiwaga, shizukuishi, Siwa.

The area of present-day Hanamaki was part of ancient Mutsu Province, and has been settled since at least the Jomon period. During the Sengoku period, the area was dominated by various samurai clans before coming under the control of the Nambu clan during the Edo period, who ruled Morioka Domain under the Tokugawa shogunate.

The modern towns of Hanamaki and Hanamaki-Kawaguchi were created within Hienuki District, Iwate on April 1, 1889. The two towns were merged on April 10, 1929, with the merged municipality retaining the name of Hanamaki. On April 1, 1954, the villages of Yuguchi, Yumoto, Miyanome, Yasawa and Ohta were annexed by Hanamaki. An additional village, Sasama, joined the following year.

In January 2006, Hanamaki merged with the neighboring towns of Ishidoriya, Ōhasama and Tōwa.

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Asahikawa Live Cam, Japan

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Asahikawa – Japan’s central city, the administrative center of Kamikawa District. Asahikawa was a military town. Today, there is a second division of the northern army of Japanese Self-Defense Forces.

City crossed by dozens of river channels, so the city has more than 740 bridges. Perhaps chief among them is the bridge Asahibasi, built in 1932 and became a symbol of the city. Also, the city is surrounded by mountains, there are ski resorts. Asahikawa holds the record for the lowest temperature ever recorded in Japan (-41 ° C – 25 January 1902).

The Ainu called the Asahi River Chiu Pet meaning “River of Waves”, but it was misunderstood as Chup Pet meaning “Sun River”, and so it came to be called Asahi River in Japanese (Asahi meaning “morning sun”).

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