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Manhole cover at Pirika Dam in Imakane-town

Last late summer or early autumn, I drove along Uchiura Bay, which we often call Volcano Bay. It was a fine day and my husband and I could see Mt. Yotei beyond the bay.
噴火湾ごしに見える羊蹄山
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.
ピリカダムマンホール

I remember salmons were swimming up stream, so it may have been mid or late autumn.

ピリカカイギュウの像


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!
岩シューカスタードとココア

クリームたっぷり岩シュー




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Manhole covers in Nara and Osaka

I wish you all a happy new year!!

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.
奈良市マンホール

奈良マンホール鹿

大阪城マンホール

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.
奈良公園の鹿
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.
二月堂からみた東大寺

This is Todaiji temple. It was once the world largest wooden structure.
世界最大の木造建築
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.

奈良の大仏様と坊主S
When I visited the temple, an event was being held and you can see some monks in front of the statue of Buddha.

奈良の大仏様
The height of the statue is about 14.7 meters and its construction dates back to 752.

Dot Manhole

When I went to a restaurant near a statue of Kahei Takadaya, I found this dot designed manhole cover.
水玉マンホール

Recently I like these simple designed manholes.

Beautiful View from Mt. Hakodate

A week ago, I went up to Mt. Hakodate with a group from Singapore. It was raining in the morning and afternoon and I was worried if we could enjoy the view at night from Mt. Hakodate. But it was needless fear. When we go up to the observatory, we can see a double rainbow rising up the sky.
double rainbow

Leaving from the door, what I saw was a very large arch.
great double rainbow

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.
pink evening 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.
sunset1

sunset2


Manhole cover in Esashi

Esashi town is famous for its folk song Esashi Oiwake. The town once thrived on herring fishing and you can know about its time visiting herring mansions there. Ubagami Shinto Shrine's annual festival is also very famous.
江差瓶子岩と開陽丸

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.
プロフィール

Akiko

Author:Akiko
Akiko lives in a city next to Hakodate and loves to drive around Hakodate and surrounding area. I hope people who visit or live in the Southwest area of Hokkaido come to love the area, too.
函館の隣町在住で道南エリアのドライブ大好きAkikoです。道南を訪れたり、住んでいる人が土地を好きになってくれたらなぁ、と思います。

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