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Japanese scientists will give you a plodding, detailed explanation for this phenomenon, but a folk legend gives a more romantic answer.The last image in the clip is a panorama – click on it and you can see the entire lake explanation for this phenomenon, but a folk legend gives a more romantic answer.The last  image in the clip is a panorama -click on it and you can see the entire lake.

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.

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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

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The legend knows better

Lake Tazawa does not freeze because of the heat generated by the lovers’ passion.

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