Appreciating Your Country’s Nature

I was looking around on YouTube earlier, and I found a video that showcases Canada’s nature very well.  Please ignore the cheesy music.

Canada is huge.  There are so many places to see, such a large variety of landscapes, I don’t think I’ll ever see it all.  I’d love the freedom to just explore.  But that’s rare.  I’ll be rooted in one place and occasionally see these places.

Here in Japan, I get to see a variety of landscapes, as well.  But it’s mostly urban in this area.  I can see mountains, sometimes Mt. Fuji, the ocean, some farmland, rivers, and lots of hills and valleys.  What I don’t get to see is really big mountains, flat plains, badlands, massive river valleys, huge fields of crops, and vast forests.  Japan does have some of those, but they’re just not near where I live.  I can see the biggest mountain in Japan, and it is impressive.  But there’s bigger in Canada.  There are flat plains to the north of Tokyo, but I don’t go there often.  No badlands at all.  The massive river valleys don’t exist like they do in Canada, unless you mean valleys in the mountains.  Huge fields of crops don’t really exist except in Hokkaido.  Mostly rice around here, and those are small fields.  There are vast forests in Japan, but they have a very different feel than the ones in Canada.  Japan is a humid country with lots of rainforests, while Canada has the boreal and temperate forests like what I got to grow up around.

The smells are different, too.  I think I miss the smell of a temperate mixed deciduous and coniferous forest in the fall.  Nice smell.

So, what landscapes do you like to see in your country?