Sun Pillar Seen In Hokkaido, Northern Japan

Sun pillar seen in Hokkaido, northern JapanA midwinter natural phenomenon called a sun pillar has appeared in Biei Town in Japan's northernmost main island of Hokkaido.
Such illuminated pillars are created when ice crystals floating in the air reflect sunlight. They tend to appear on clear days when the temperature alls below minus 10 degrees Celsius.

A straight pillar extending just below the rising sun was seen between mountains at around 7:30 AM on Wednesday. The mercury went down to the season's low of 25 degrees below this morning.

About 30 photographers and tourists gathered to capture the scene.

A tourist from Singapore said the pillar was very beautiful and wonderful.

A man in his 30s from nearby Asahikawa City said he was visiting Biei for the first time and was able to take good pictures.