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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) !!

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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.

 

 

 

Big Fish

April 19, 2011 Leave a comment

Ishikari beach

 
Went to see the ocean.  It’s the Sea of Japan, aka the East Sea. 
 
 This is a bathing beach, but of course it’s a little bit too early for swimming.
 
No swimmers, but there were a couple of couples (who were apparently dating)
 
and a few anglers! 
 
This is a good place to fish saffron cod, Japanese dace, and flat fish,
 
but they say it’s not good to ask anglers what they are fishing —
 
because they don’t know what they can actually fish! 
 
 
“What are you fishing?”  “Your heart, my lady”