Japan's natural scenery is truly diverse. The country is blessed with both mountains and seashores, and the climate varies richly from place to place and with each passing season. Living amidst such natural beauty, the Japanese have since ancient times had a great reverence for forces that transcend human power. The beauty of nature and the wonder it inspires are expressed in Japanese writing and painting. Japan's rich culture can be said to have its roots in the country's abundant natural scenery. Although Japan has sacrificed some of its natural environment to modernization, the country is making every effort to preserve what remains for future generations.

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