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[Hidden Wonders] Japanese Cranes Dance for Love in the Snow

Japanese cranes, one of the world's rarest cranes and a symbol of longevity, perform stunning winter courtship dances at a sanctuary in Hokkaido.



Japanese cranes dance at the Tsurui-Ito Tancho Sanctuary in Hokkaido on February 15. (©Kyodo)

Large numbers of Japanese cranes have gathered at the Tsurui-Ito Tancho Sanctuary in Tsurui, eastern Hokkaido. Recognized as a special national monument by the government, these cranes find respite in this sanctuary, especially during the winter months when food becomes scarce. 

During the pre-breeding season, visitors can witness the elegant courtship dance of the Japanese cranes.

A crane arrives at the sanctuary. (©Kyodo)

Facing each other, the male and female cranes spread their majestic wings, bending and stretching their necks. 

The cries of the Japanese cranes echoed throughout the sanctuary. (©Kyodo)

On February 15, over 100 cranes flew to the sanctuary, filling the air with their high-pitched calls. Tourists visiting the area delighted in watching the cranes dance gracefully against the snowy backdrop.

A woman from Yokohama came to the sanctuary for the first time. "I'm impressed by their beauty. Their dances were more intense than I expected," she said, amazed.

Feeding at the sanctuary is scheduled until March 12.

A crane spreads its majestic wings. (©Kyodo)


(Read the article in Japanese.)

Author: The Sankei Shimbun

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