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Shin-Etsu Group Original Calendar 2007

Calendar Introduction


NATURE AND LIFEPhotographer : Tsuneo Nakamura

The oceans occupy approximately 71 percent of the earth's surface.
In the beginning, our primitive planet was scorching-hot and waterless. Steam that spewed forth from volcanoes cooled to form water that filled depressions on the face of the earth, forming oceans much like today's some 3.8 billion years ago.
The continents today are scattered throughout the seven oceans which are connected as one vast body of water. The oceans support a stable environment throughout the world, and are the origin of all life.
I've sailed all the seven oceans, each unique in its own way, and witnessed an uncountable number of magnificent sights and encountered all sorts of wildlife. Looking at these photographs which reflect my impressions, I see not only the many facets of nature in the oceans, but the natural aspects of the whole earth itself, the planet of oceans.


January & February:
Antarctic Peninsula

The Antarctic Peninsula, which juts out sharply toward the South American continent across the Drake Passage, is considered to be an extension of the Andes. Here a range of lofty mountains, with their rock faces eroded by towering glaciers, offers scenes of unparalleled beauty. Paradise Harbor, encircled by the Antarctic Peninsula and neighboring islands, is celebrated by many as being the most beautiful natural harbor in the world. Abundant forms of polar wildlife, from elephant seals to penguins, live on and around the islands surrounding the Peninsula.

March & April:
Cape Raoul

Approximately the same size as Hokkaido, the island of Tasmania lies to the southeast of Australia. Lava spouting from beneath the ground cooled and hardened to create the soaring, hexagonal jointed columns of dolerite seen in Cape Raoul, which thrusts out from the island's eastern seacoast. The rock walls line the coast like stacks of building blocks and serve as landmarks for ships and yachts heading for the port of Hobart, Tasmania's capital. Nearly inaccessible by land, this magnificent scene can only be viewed from a boat. Weedy sea dragons, related to seahorses, can be found in the waters off the island of Tasmania.

May & June:
Kayangel Atoll, Palau Islands

Situated some 3,200 km to the south of Tokyo, Kayangel Atoll marks the northernmost point of the Palau Islands. This beautiful atoll, formed by a coral reef with an overall area of 1.7 square km, features a pure white ocean floor created by the gradual erosion of the coral. In the surrounding waters red-spotted blennies no more than 10 cm in length poke their heads out of holes in the coral.

July & August:
Truk Lagoon

Located approximately 1,000 km to the southeast of Guam, Chuuk Lagoon, more commonly known as Truk Lagoon, is the world's largest lagoon. About 60 km in diameter with a circumference of roughly 200 km, it is also called "the lake of the Pacific Ocean." Fananan and other islands of all shapes and sizes, including many coral islets on the lagoon, dot the interior. Spinner dolphins can often be seen chasing boats in the waters of Micronesia.

September & October:
Fiji Islands

The Republic of the Fiji Islands is situated between the Equator and New Zealand. An island country comprised of approximately 330 islands and coral reefs, it has a land area about the same as that of Shikoku Island in Japan. "Fiji" was the way the English people transliterated the pronunciation of the native language, Viti, and the first part of the main island's name, Viti Levu. Fiji has a tropical climate, and many small, flat islands created by coral sands dot the waters surrounding the lofty and bigger volcanic islands.
Spine-cheek anemone fish, indigenous to this sea area, were flitting and dancing above sea anemones on the ocean floor.

November & December:
Margery Glacier, Glacier Bay

Glacier Bay in the southern part of Alaska has a length of approximately 105 km, and ranges in width from 5 to 30 km. Sixteen glaciers, including Margery Glacier, flow into the bay from the surrounding ice fields. The Bay and its environs make up Glacier Bay National Park which boasts of dynamic views and scenery. Cruise ships from around the world bring passengers hoping to view the mysterious blue color of the glacier called "glacier blue."
A countless number of salmon make their way upstream through the rivers feeding into the Bay in order to spawn.

Tsuneo Nakamura
Born in Tokyo, 1949.
Graduated from Waseda University in the Department of Science and Engineering, and received a Ph.D. in construction engineering from the Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Waseda University. Director, Volvox Inc.

As a marine photographer, continues to take photographs having to do with the oceans. Has covered the seas ranging from the Arctic Ocean to the Antarctica, literally crossing all the world's seven seas.
His subjects include life found in the seven seas, such as sea creatures living in coral reefs and frozen waters, whales, dolphins, marine animals, penguins, and sea birds, as well as sailboats, passenger ships, and marine sports.
Has published many photography books abroad, and his photographs are sold in 32 countries.