Archive for June, 2012

Hamanasu no oka Park

June 25, 2012 Leave a comment

Sunday was again a good day for a bike ride.

We went to Hamanasu no oka park (means “Rugosa rose (Japanese rose) hill park”),

which is famous for its hamanasu and red-and-white lighthouse that has appeared in a movie.

Now it is the season for hamanasu (from late June to early July), though each flower of

hamanasu only continues for one day.

There’s a wooden path in the park so that people can walk in the park without damaging

180 kinds of seaside plants around here.

Hamanasu and the visitor center.

Today’s travel distance: 84 km

(You can look at pictures of Hamanasu no oka park when we visited last year:


Toyako Manga Anime Festa 2012

June 23, 2012 1 comment

“Toyako Manga Anime Festa 2012” has begun !

So we visited Lake Toya today to take a look at the festival.

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

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

manga or anime characters  on its body.

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

and movie characters.

The picture above shows the reception desk for “Itasha”.

This “itasha” features Hatsune Miku et al.

A lot of itashas!

Why are many itashas Subaru’s Imprezza or Mitsubishi’s Lancer Evolution?

Many people are also enjoying “cosplay” at the site.

We saw Hatsune Miku, Super Mario, One Piece characters, Gin-san in Gin Tama, and

a lot more!

This itasha seems to be a taxi.  Is it a real taxi!?

A special “maid cafe” opens only for 2 days during the festival.

Maid cafe is a cosplay cafe where waitresses wear maid costumes.

This cafe is one of the reasons we went there, because a girl we know well is working as a “maid”

at this cafe.

This is the entrance of the maid cafe.

This building is usually used as a restaurant named “Okadaya”.

Special “Dorayaki” (rice cake with azuki bean paste in it) are sold only 100 per day

during the 2 day festival  in front of the maid cafe.

The package says “cosplay save the world”!

At the maid cafe, when a customer orders “omlet-rice”, a maid draws a picture with ketchup

in front of the customer.

This is a picture of Hatsune Miku that our maid drew for us.

Drinks and parfaits come with certain words from a maid.

I ordered strawberry parfait, and it was served with the words, “I heartily prepared

this one especially for you”.

My husband ordered chocolate parfait, which came with the words, “This was not

particularly for you that I prepared this one” with mockingly cool attitude.

Isn’t it fun?

Looking at Lake Toya through the window of the cafe.

You can see a pleasure boat sailing on Lake Toya.

Toyohira River Cycling Road with Japanese Roses “Hamanasu”

June 14, 2012 1 comment

My favorite cycling road, Toyohira River Cycling Road.

Well, this part is not actually the Toyohira River Cycling Road but the north of it,

but still cars cannot use this road and  we only saw several bikes here on that day.

Hamanasu, Japanese roses, started to bloom.

Hamanasu, aka rugosa rose is an official flower of Hokkaido.

We can see horses along the road.

Can you believe this is in Sapporo where 1.9 million people live?

The view of Barato River from the cycling road.

Today’s our goal is the sea of Japan facing the city of Ishikari — almost there!

And now we have arrived!

Today’s traveling distance: 77km.


In Nemuro 2

June 12, 2012 Leave a comment

Cherry blossoms in Nemuro!

It’s already June and people here can still enjoy cherry blossoms.

Nemuro in eastern Hokkaido is the last place in Japan to enjoy the cherry blossom season.

This is chishimazakura (chishima-cherry), an official flower of Nemuro city.

This monument is in Cape Nosappu in Nemuro, the easternmost point in Japan.

This arch is the symbol of this cape, and it is called “Shima-no-kakehashi”

(bridge to the four islands).

It was built in 1980, hoping to return the Northern Territorries to Japan.

Cape Nosappu  is located where the waters from the Pacific ocean meet

those from the Sea of Okhotsk.

One of the Kurile islands can be seen from here.

Hoppo-Gensei-Kaen (Northern primeval Flower Garden) near Cape Nosappu.

At a crab-processing plant.


Spiky crabs, snow crabs, king crabs, hairy crabs.

Nemuro is famous for crabs as well as sanma (saury) !!

In Nemuro in Eastern Hokkaido

June 12, 2012 Leave a comment

A fish auction is held in the morning at Hanasaki Port in Nemuro.

Tokishirazu (chum salmon) on the floor.

At a fish processing plant in Nemuro.

Salmon are sorted according to size.

They sprinkle salt on salmon here.

Checking parasites.

A neatly packed salmon.

The view of Cape Hanasaki in Nemuro Peninsula.

Basalt all over.

This radial joint called “Kuruma-ishi” (wheel stone) was designated as a national natural monument in 1939.

The sunset over the pacific ocean with the city of Nemuro.