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Post Reply Moss tourism is becoming popular in Japan
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Posted 7/28/15 , edited 7/28/15

One day in June, a group of 17 people, mostly women wearing colorful outfits, got together at a scenic lakeside area at the foot of Mount Kita-Yatsugatake in Nagano Prefecture.

Instead of using binoculars to look at the panorama around them, these people were gazing downward with the aid of a loupe, sometimes crawling around on their hands and knees. They were captivated by the colonies of moss growing in the area, known as a “green carpet.”

The key to moss viewing is lowering the body to the same level as the mosses, said Takeshi Ueno, a 44-year-old plant ecology expert at Tsuru University who was leading this moss observation expedition near Lake Shirakoma.


http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/07/27/national/moss-viewing-trips-catching-on-among-women/#.Vbe7q0dHarV

Would you go moss watching?

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Posted 7/28/15
I already stare at the moss on the tree when I'm hunting.
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Posted 7/28/15 , edited 7/29/15
I tried watching grass grow once. I imagine this ranks right up there with that.

So no...
Posted 7/28/15
Hmmm is there anything interesting about them...?

Let's go on a watch paint dry tourism.

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well then...
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I actually like how they are so sick of high pressure society that they worship a bit of moss.
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Ah...well I like Spanish moss.. but I wouldn't go Moss watching.
That's like watching paint dry...or watching grass grow..
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And there you have it. You can make money from just about anything.... You just have to figure out a way to market it and make it appealing...
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Posted 7/28/15
I guess anything but boredom will do, I think I rather watch the ceiling lol
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Posted 7/28/15
I think I'd prefer mushrooms to moss.
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Posted 7/29/15
It makes sense Japanese ppl would do that.

I feel like the culture already incorporates moss in it.
Moss is very important in 日本庭園 (Japanese garden) &
moss is used in some bonsai too.

I like moss, not sure about going moss watching (´・ω・`)
It reminds me of Princess Mononoke sceneries
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Posted 7/29/15
Moss is neat, but I wouldn't have the patience to go moss-watching.
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The action would be too riveting for me to handle.
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Posted 7/29/15 , edited 7/29/15
If you look closely there is a lot of variety and beauty in mosses, but I would want to look at more than just moss on a hike. The article reminds me of the Encouragement of Climb anime.
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If they find moss viewing entertaining why not.It's not for me .This just conjures up images of me as the mosquito tortured 5 year old endlessly holding a light meter while my father tried to get that definitive picture of blooming moss and resident fungi.
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