80°05′

In 1912, Nobu Shirase, a Japanese explorer, attempted to become the first human to reach the South Pole, but gave up at 80°05′ south latitude. From that point, there is a man who is pioneered a previously unexplored route and dreams of reaching the South Pole on foot alone. He is the explorer Masatatsu Abe, who was born in Akita like Nobu Shirase. A challenge that transcends nearly 100 years. 

Shirase composed a waka, a short Japanese poem, as his farewell effort, "Study the treasures under the Antarctic and make use of them even after my death” What does he mean by 'treasure'? What motivates them to go on an expedition?

 

 

1912年 日本人探検家・白瀬矗は、人類初の南極点到達を目指したが南緯80度05分の地点で勇退した。そしてその地点から人類未踏のルートを開拓し、単独徒歩で南極点到達を目指す男がいる。白瀬矗と同じ秋田出身の冒険家・阿部雅龍である。約100年の時を越えて受け継がれる意志。

「我なくも 必ず捜せ 南極の 地中の宝 世にいだすまで」白瀬矗が詠んだ辞世の句である。地中の宝とは何か。彼らは一体何に突き動かされて冒険に出るのだろうか。

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