Young brown bears on a hunt for salmon on a river in Shiretoko on
Japan's northeastern island of Hokkaido, October 2, 2013, in preparation
for their long winter in hibernation.
Shiretoko, located on
Shiretoko Peninsula, is known as the last of the rarely-visited regions. Most
the land on peninsula is taken by the Shiretoko National Park, which
is the home of Japan's brown bear. The park was named a World Natural
Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2005.
Shiretoko means end of the
Earth in Ainu language. Ainu are the indigenous people on the Japanese northern
island of Hokkaido and they worship the brown bear as "kimunkamuy", god in
mountains in Ainu.
( EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA)