Mt. Yotei has a beautiful conical shape, so it is nicknamed Ezo Fuji, which means Hokkaido's Mt. Fuji. Ezo(蝦夷/えぞ) is a former name of Hokkaido. It is similar to the former name of Tokyo, Edo（江戸/えど)，but they are different.
Then, we headed to Imakane town which is located between the volcano bay and Japan sea. Imakane is famous for its delicious potatoes. They produce high quality Danshaku(or baron) potatoes. One of their touristic features is Pirika Sea Cow. Thirty three parts of its bones were excavated since 1983 and turned out to be one of the world largest sea cow's bone which measured about 8 meters. It was named Pirika Sea Cow.
So the manhole cover I found at Pirika Dam has pirika sea cows.
I remember salmons were swimming up stream, so it may have been mid or late autumn.
After visiting the dam, we drove to west and dropped by Koda Kashiten, a confectionary shop in Setana and got Iwashu cream puffs. We love them so much!
This year's first post is manhole covers as usual recently XD.
When I was reviewing the older pictures, I found some I've not post on this blog. They are as follows.
As I've not written a new post for a long time, I was thinking to write about my trip to Nara and chose some pictures. But soon I noticed that I'd already written my experience in Nara.
The pictures I chose newly were almost same as before. So I add some other pictures here.
Deer are lying in Nara Park and they never fear people. Just put "deer", "Nara" and "dangerous" in your search box, you'll know the reality.
The picture below was taken from Nigatsudo temple which is famous for an annual traditional event called "omizutori" which means taking of the holy water. But the famous scene of this event is otaimatsu, a large burning torch/or torches are brought from the end of the terrace to the other. From the terrace, you can see Todaiji temple in the center.
This is Todaiji temple. It was once the world largest wooden structure.
As for my friend who is from Nara, the window in the center opens on new year day and visitor can see the face of Birushana Buddha.
When I visited the temple, an event was being held and you can see some monks in front of the statue of Buddha.
The height of the statue is about 14.7 meters and its construction dates back to 752.
Recently I like these simple designed manholes.
Leaving from the door, what I saw was a very large arch.
We arrived at the observatory around five in the evening and waited for the changing shades. It was really unusual day and it was the first time to see the pink shade of the view.
The color came from the beautiful sunset. Two staff of the observatory standing behind me exclaimed in wonderment that they saw such sunset for the first time. The guests I guided on the day and I were really lucky to share such amazing sights.
The manhole cover above has a design consisting of Heishi Rock（瓶子岩）, a Battle ship Kaiyo-maru and a sea gull. All can be seen near Kamome(sea gull) island.