February 2, 2013

Lake Biwa, Japan

Photograph by Toru Hanai, Reuters

A Shinto shrine gate rises from Lake Biwa, Japan's largest freshwater lake. Surrounded by mountains and fed by 460 streams, the vast lake provides water for 14 million people.

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