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Shin-Etsu Group Original Calendar 2010

Calendar Introduction

Colors of the Seasons: The Natural Beauty of Japan

Japan is a long country stretching from north to south and featured by a variety of terrains. Abundant in natural beauty, the stunning scenery varying from season to season can be seen. Colorful flowers bloom in the soft rays of the sun in spring, and lush verdure offers a cool respite from the heat of summer. Leaves bursting into glorious colors signal the advent of autumn, and sparkling snow covering the ground heralds the arrival of winter. Shin-Etsu Group was established in Niigata and Nagano, and photographs of forest, rivers, and lakes in these prefectures grace our 2011 calendar. “Safety and environmental protection-first” is a basic principle for our corporate activities, and Shin-Etsu Group is a leader in the effort to help protect nature and preserve the environment for future generations. The beautiful colors of the seasonal tapestry that nature weaves are a symbol of hope for a better tomorrow.

January & February:
Tashiro Pond / Nagano

Mount Fuji, Japan's highest mountain is enormously popular among the Japanese people. It has an exceptionally symmetrical, graceful often-snowcapped conical form with a huge gently sloping landform in all four directions. Located in the central part of Japan where the climate tends to be warm and wet, Mount Fuji is alive with rich nature. Because of the large differences in elevation, various kinds of forests can be experienced. Varying with the altitude level from low to high, it changes from a multitude of oak trees, to chestnut and beech trees, and larch trees are seen at the highest altitude. The mountain is also a treasure trove of wild birds, and many rare animals also dwell there. The area's plentiful spring water enriches both nature and people.

March & April:
Angel Falls / Venezuela

Angel Falls is located in the western part of the Guyana Highlands in the southeast of Venezuela. It plunges off the edge of a unique table-top mountain - called "Tepuy" - from a tributary of the Caroni River, one of the major rivers of the Orinoco basin. The falls are named after Jimmy Angel, an adventurous American pilot who discovered it in 1933, and in Spanish it is simply called "Angel." The drop that is close to 1,000 meters is said to be the world's largest for a single-type fall. This provides a sublimely spectacular view of water being atomized, turned into mist and dancing around before it reaches the ground.

May & June:
Kakadu National Park / Australia

Located east of Darwin, in the Northern Territory of Australia, Kakadu National Park has a vast area covering almost 20,000 square kilometers. It has a rich, diverse and complex natural environment with rivers, tropical rainforests, swamps, savannas, canyons, etc. It also provides a habitat for a wide range of animals and plants, including crocodiles, kangaroos, water lilies and mangroves. It has amazing cultural sites containing Aboriginal rock art, which is said to have been created more than 20,000 years ago by the ancestors of today's Australian Aboriginals. Kakadu National Park was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for both outstanding cultural and natural universal values.

July & August:
Great Ocean Road / Australia

The Great Ocean Road extends over 200 kilometers in total length along the coast southwest of Melbourne, in the southeast of Australia. Along one part of the coast, rising majestically from the ocean are a group of oddly-shaped giant rock stacks created by the cold winds blowing from Antarctica and erosion caused by the strong current of the sea. These striking and dramatic natural limestone and sandstone formations include formations called The Twelve Apostles and London Arch. On the landside of the road, you can enjoy nature by going to forest areas where wild koala bears live and national parks where eucalyptus and ferns grow thick.

September & October:
Paria Canyon / U.S.A.

Located within Vermillion Cliffs National Park, in the northernmost part of the State of Arizona in the American southwest, Paria Canyon (North Coyote Buttes) has a magnificent landscape called The Wave, a small ravine between eroded sandstone domes formed of incredibly beautiful rocks containing colorful thin, swirling strata. These formations were created by such forces as the erosion effect of rivers, and The Wave is the resulting beautiful formations that this erosion has created. Because these small rock sculptures are very fragile, entry limitations have been instituted for this area.

November & December:
Yellowstone National Park in the American West

Perhaps the world's first and America's largest national park, Yellowstone National Park lies almost entirely (96%) in the State of Wyoming in the western part of the United States. Another 3 percent of the park is within the neighboring State of Montana, with the remaining 1 percent in Idaho. The park's hot springs, geysers and geyser basins, lava formations, lakes, waterfalls, rivers and river canyons, and forests make it a place of awesome beauty. Yellowstone is home to more wild animals than can be found almost anyplace else in the U.S. Large wild animals such as grizzly bears and elk freely roam in the area. Yellowstone National Park has been inscribed as a natural UNESCO World Heritage Site.