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Horse Hot Spring Bath in Monbetsu

January 31, 2014 Leave a comment

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This big signboard says “Tonekko no Yu”, a hot spring facility in Monbetsu.

“Tonekko no Yu” means “Bath of Tonekko”, and Tonekko is a one year old horse.

Monbetsu town is famous for the production of racing horses, thus this name,

and the picture of a horse on the signboard.

(Though it’s definitely a hot spring bath for humans, not for horses.)
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The exterior view of “Tonneko no Yu”, a hot spring facility.
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Inside of the building.

The TV is broadcasting a horse race.
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Entrance of the women’s bath.

Even here we can find the picture of a horse on the split curtain.
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A cream puff that I bought at the shop in the “Tonekko no yu” building.

It is called “bafu shu”, which means “horse-droppings cream puff”!!

(well, because of its shape, I guess…)

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Fu’s Snow Area 2014

January 20, 2014 Leave a comment

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A good day for skiing! This is “Fu’s Snow Area” in Sapporo.

Only a 30 minute drive from downtown Sapporo.
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A good view from the (nearly) top of the hill.
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The temperature was minus 7 degrees Celsius, but thanks to the sunshine

(and no wind), it didn’t feel so cold out there.
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Attack on Titan

January 17, 2014 Leave a comment

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I found “Corporal Levi’s tea cookies” at a convenience store.

Apparently Corporate Levi doesn’t know how to handle a teacup handle.

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Books I read on the new year’s day were those comics titled “Attack on Titan”.

Corporate Levi is one of the main characters in it.

Once I started reading, it was so interesting and I couldn’t stop.

(depictions of violence are sometimes too brutal, so I wouldn’t recommend this

to everyone, but still fascinating comics to read.)

Next I have to watch the anime version!

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Bankei Ski Area 2014

January 6, 2014 Leave a comment

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Sapporo Bankei Ski Area.

It’s only 20 minutes from downtown Sapporo by car.
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The amount of the snow on the slopes is enough now,

thanks to the snowfall in the last several days.
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Fully protected against the cold.
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Ice-skating in Sapporo

January 5, 2014 Leave a comment

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This is a ice-skating rink located in Makomanai, Sapporo.

This “Makomanai Sekisui Heim Stadium” was a venue for the opening ceremony

and the speed skating competition at the 1972 Sapporo Winter Olympic Games.

The Olympic flame cauldron can be seen in the picture.

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Now anyone can enjoy skating here until January 31st this season.
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