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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…)



Squid in Hakodate 2

December 25, 2013 Leave a comment


As I mentioned in my previous post, in Hakodate you can eat fresh squid sashimi,

taste squid-ink soft ice cream, and dance the squid dance —

as well as wear squid!

This is a T-shirt I saw at a shop in Kanamori red brick shopping mall.

Hello Kitty goods can also be seen next to the squid T-shirt.


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Squid in Hakodate

December 23, 2013 Leave a comment


This is a squid brooch I made in Hakodate.

Visitors there can enjoy the hand-on-experience of making a squid pin.

Why squid??

Because Hakodate is famous for squid!!

It’s a symbol of the city.

In Hakodate, people can eat fresh raw squid, taste squid-ink soft ice cream,

and dance the squid dance.

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Betsukai Jumbo Scallop Burger

August 29, 2012 Leave a comment

Again I had a Betsukai Jumbo Scallop Burger in Betsukai town.

This scallop hamburger won the first place at the “New Hokkaido local gourmet grand prix”

in 2010, 2011 and 2012!

This plate comes with fresh milk of Betsukai.

I was asked to have 300-millilitter glass of milk or 500 (the price is the same)

so I chose 500 ml without hesitation.

But it turned out that 300 ml glass of milk would come with an illustrated original coaster

featuring “Betsukai Milk Girl”!

From when did they start this!?  (Oops, it says from April this year)

Betsukai Milk Girls.  Hmm.

Holiday Weekend

July 15, 2012 Leave a comment

Energy drink with a picture of GOUF!

There are other versions including ZAKU for the Exclusive Use of Char Aznable.

Today’s destination is “Menya Miyabi”, a ramen noodle restaurant in Ishikari city.

Inside of the shop.  (Permission obtained for photo.)

The above is their special menu: Ishikari Salmon Ramen.

Usually ramen noodles use pork for their soup stock and ingredient,

but this Ishikari Salmon Ramen doesn’t use any pork or meat,

so it’s recommendable to those who don’t eat meat.

(It does use “mirin”, sweet cooking rice wine, so it’s not for Muslims.

I will look for Halal ramen noodles!)

Right: Ishikari Salmon Ramen Noodles –regular size.

Left: Soy Sauce Ramen Noodles –double size!

Taking a break at the Ainosato Park.

Today’s traveling distance: 79km.



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) !!

Breakfast at Royce’

May 3, 2012 Leave a comment

The second day of our bike ride.

But alas!  The northern part of the Toyohira River Cycling Road is not opened yet,

because it is still covered with snow.

The cycling road is on the right, and the blackish thing that the excavator is working on is snow.

So we decided to take country roads instead.

The good view from the road along the Ishikari River.

Actually today’s our goal is to go to the ROYCE’ shop in Ainosato.

Royce’ is famous for its chocolate, but its breads and pastries are also great.

Today’s travel distance: 59km (37 mile).