At nearly 1,400 feet, Lake Tawaza in Akita Prefecture is Japan’s deepest lake.
It lies in the bitter cold of northern Honshu but never freezes over.
Japanese scientists will give you a plodding, detailed explanation for this phenomenon, but a folk legend gives a more romantic answer.
The water does not freeze due to the passionate lovemaking of water dragon Takko Hime and her husband, Hachirotaro, at the bottom of the lake.
Both the sorcerer and Hachirotaro fell in love with Lake Tawaza’s guardian water spirit. They fought for her hand. It was an epic battle, but this time, fueled by love, Hachirotaro defeated the cunning sorcerer and drove him back to Lake Towada.
Lake Tawaza does not freeze because there are scores of subterranean springs pouring warm water into the lake,so the surface temperature never falls below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, the freezing point of water
The legend knows better
Lake Tazawa does not freeze because of the heat generated by the lovers’ passion.