Hakkōda Mountain Snow Trees Defaced with Graffiti


Aomori, Jan. 17 (Jiji Press)—Famous snow trees in the Hakkōda mountains in Aomori, northeastern Japan, part of the Towada-Hachimantai National Park, have been smeared with graffiti in fluorescent pink spray paint, it was learned Wednesday.

Part of the graffiti found on the frozen snow-covered trees and nearby ground reads "Happy Birthday" in English and Chinese letters, according to Hakkōda Ropeway, a local ropeway operator, and other sources.

Graffiti on the trees and ground in the Towada-Hachimantai National Park. Photograph taken on January 17, 2018. (Courtesy Hakkōda Ropeway)

Skiers discovered the graffiti on Sunday on a few of the natural winter sculptures near the mountaintop ropeway station and the surrounding snow surface of 50 to 100 square meters, the sources said.

A man and a woman were found spraying paint and did not heed the skiers' warning to stop the vandalism. The two were speaking Japanese, English, and Chinese, according to the sources.

Workers of the ropeway company scraped off the graffiti.

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