Archive for June, 2011

Toyako Manga Anime Festa 2011

June 14, 2011 2 comments

“Toyako Manga Anime Festa 2011” will be held at Lake Toya this weekend

(June 18 – 19, 2011). 

“Toyako” means “Lake Toya”. 

This is the place where the G8 summit meeting was held in 2008,

and now it becomes an otaku spot!   

The festival has various events including “cosplaying ” and “itasha exhibition”.

“Itasha” literally means “ouch car” and refers to a car having a picture of

a manga or anime character  on its body. 

In “cosplaying”, people dress up in the costumes of their favorite anime, manga,

and movie characters.   

So, you might want to go to Lake Toya in the costume of —

Hatsune Miku or —


a Gundam character, and meet a lot of other cosplayers!!





Hatsune Miku: Top 5 songs

June 13, 2011 Leave a comment

Opinions may vary — but then let me introduce my top five songs of Hatsune Miku

(selected by MD)

1. Melt

2. Sakura no Ame

3. World is Mine

4. Black Rock Shooter

5. Dear

You can check those songs on YouTube!

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Yosakoi Soran Festival

June 11, 2011 4 comments

Yosakoi Soran Dance Festival has just begun in Sapporo. 

This is one of the biggest events in summer in Hokkaido.

There are mainly two rules to dance the yosakoi dance:

1. A dancer has to have clappers called “Naruko” (see above).

2. Dance music has to have a phrase “Soran”. 

 So, in theory, if you dance to the music of Lady Gaga’s “Judas” with “Naruko” in your hands,

shouting “Soran” instead of “Judas”, you are supposed to dance Yosakoi Soran Dance!

So, this is “Yosakoi Miku”.

Yosakoi dancers could have danced, danced, danced all night!

tooth of lion

June 7, 2011 4 comments

The other day, when I was riding on my bike on the Toyohira River cycling road,

I found this:

sitting on a bench, dandelions are enjoying cherry blossom viewing!

Isn’t is cute?

Sapporo Lilac Festival

June 4, 2011 Leave a comment

Today we went to the 53rd Sapporo Lilac Festival by bike. 

This is the Toyohira River cycling road we took this morning. 

You can see the cycling road on the right side and the Toyohira River on the left. 

This is one of my favorite cycling roads in Hokkaido. 

This is Kawashimo Park, where the lilac festival is held.

The park has 1,700 lilac trees of 200 varieties, which is

the largest lilac collection in Japan. 

The park has the “Lilac Forest”, where visitors can stroll around —

and enjoy looking at beautiful lilac flowers!

Now we go for 15 or 20 km by bike again to go back home.   

It’s surely a good exercise.


Hokkaido is a bikers’ heaven!

June 3, 2011 Leave a comment

Actually Hokkaido is a very good place for cycling!

Roads are broader and cars are fewer, compared to other regions in Japan.

Hokkaido has everything that bikers hope: fresh air, beautiful scenery, kind people. 

This was one of my bicycle tours in Hokkaido:

    Day 1 : Rumoi to Haboro  (58 km). 

    Day 2 : Haboro to Toyotomi (99 km)

    Day 3 : Toyotomi to Wakkanai (76 km)

    Day 4 : Wakkanai to Hamatonbetsu (93 km)

    Day 5 : Hamatonbetsu to Esashi (30 km)

    Day 6 : Esashi to Monbetsu  (95km)

    Day 7 : Monbetsu to Saroma (67km)

    Day 8 : Saroma to Abashiri (46km)

Wasn’t it not so bad for a not-sport-oriented (then-) young woman?

It was really a comfortable and pleasant trip. 

A bike tour in Hokkaido is highly recommendable!


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