THE YOMIURI SHIMBUN A rock Yoshiteru Mizuguchi named “Merlion,”for the mascot of Singapore.THE YOMIURI SHIMBUN A rock Mizuguchi named “fukuro,” or owl.THE YOMIURI SHIMBUN Tour guide Yoshiteru Mizuguchi, at right in red, has given about 30 rock formations on Kujukushima islands unique names. SASEBO, Nagasaki >> ‘Everybody, that is Fukuro (owl) rock. It’s a work of art created by nature,” said pleasure boat guide Yoshiteru Mizuguchi, 79, as he pointed to a rocky area sticking out into a blue ocean. Passengers aboard the Pearl Queen exclaimed, “It’s the spitting image!” Mizuguchi is a guide for the Kujukushima Pearl Sea Resort, a city-run marine complex including an aquarium, restaurants and souvenir shops in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture. He has become popular with tourists for the unique names he gives to the Kujukushima islands and their strange rock formations resembling animals and other creatures — so popular, in fact, that this May he gave the 7,000th tour of his 15-year career. He has named about 30 rocks, including “Merlion” (the Singapore mascot), “Nemuru Komainu” (sleeping guardian dog) and the fanciful “Ago no Hazureta Monster” (monster with dislocated jaws). He even names some formations after anime characters. Hailing from Nagahama, Shiga Prefecture, Mizuguchi worked… Read full this story
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