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Monkey Mountain of Nikko



27. November. 2017

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Spend any amount of time here and you’ll notice that monkeys play a very important role in Nikko’s cultural and spiritual history. The macaques are more commonly known as simply ‘snow monkeys’ because as you may have guessed they live in cooler areas which are covered in snow during a large portion of the year. Proud of these native creatures, in Japanese they are called Nihonzaru (Nihon which means "Japan" and saru which means "monkey"). Managing to brave the freezing temperatures, their impressive makeup means that they are the most northern-living, nonhuman primates. Culturally they hold a very special position in Japanese folklore and spirituality including the iconic story Momotaro, the tale of a boy who was born in a peach and grows up to defeat the nation's demons.

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