|yBIRDMEN | PARAGLIDERS z
...How great it would be if we could fly freely like a bird! This has been an old dream of mankind. But some people seem to have realized this dream with ease.
On a more or less windy weekend, at the Pacific beach of Akaogi | so-called Villa Beach | you will see colorful paragliders floating gracefully in the air. How can the feeling of looking down upon the blue sea or green fields from a bird-eyed position be described?
To become a bird against the force of gravity, you will have some initial expenses, and need a bit of courage and a certain amount of training. However, our birdmen are not flying over the high mountains of Hokkaido aflame with red and yellow autumn leaves, or videoshooting from above the Silk Road, using a power paraglider. They make use of only wind power. So, this is a very economical and peaceful sport. And if you have a certain skill and enough wind, you can take off without a steep slope.
But once you lose control of your paraglider, you can be carried off to an unexpected dangerous place by the wind. One day I witnessed a paraglider make an emergency landing at the foot of a mountain when I was in a nearby field in Akaogi. So birdmen, please maneuver prudently
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