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Strange how a few words can change one's perception of a person, a nation, a place.

I remember being impressed by the beauty of these falls and by how many people came to admire this gift of nature. Then today, looking at Wikipedia for information about the place, I came across disturbing facts. Now the falls have become a more poignant place and their innocent veneer has vanished.

I am reminded of Shakespeare's perceptive words that nothing is good or bad, but thinking makes things so.

I include Wikipedia's info below:

Kegon Falls (華厳滝, Kegon no Taki?) are located at Lake Chūzenji (source of the Oshiri River) in Nikkō National Park in the city of Nikkō, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan. The falls were formed when the Daiya River was rerouted by lava flows. About twelve smaller waterfalls are situated behind and to the sides of Kegon Falls, leaking through the many cracks between the mountain and the lava flows.

At 97 m high, it is one of Japan's three highest waterfalls. In the autumn, the traffic on the road from Nikko to Chūzenji can sometimes slow to a crawl as visitors come to see the fall colors.

The Kegon Falls are infamous for suicides, especially among Japanese youth.

Misao Fujimura (1886 – May 22, 1903) a Japanese philosophy student and poet, is largely remembered due to his farewell poem directly on the trunk of a tree before committing suicide by jumping from the Kegon Falls. The story was soon sensationalized in contemporary newspapers, and was commented upon by the famed writer Natsume Soseki. This led the famed scenic falls to become a notorious spot for lovetorn or otherwise desperate youngsters to take their lives.

In workshop I have a clearer view of the falls.

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