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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


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Early cherry blossoms/一足早い桜の花

When I went to Kosetsuen Park, Cherry trees were being pruned for spring cherry blossom time. So I got some twigs with floral buds asking pruners there. I put the twigs in a pail and covered with a plastic bag. Since then, I misted them every morning and now, they are out!
簡易ビニールハウス

サクラサクinバケツ

If you want to try this, how about visiting Kosetsuen Park, Goryokaku park, or Hakodate park in January;)

Notice:
This year, they don't give cherry twigs at Goryokaku Park. When I visited there on March 5th, pruners were pruning cherry trees and beside them there were signs saying "Please keep away from pruners and this year they don't give you cherry twigs."

When I visited Mt. Hakodate last month, they were pruning cherry trees near the parking space near the gate of the mountain road;)

Mukkuri Making/ムックリ作り

When my friend came back to her hometown, we visited Hakodate City museum of Northern peoples and experienced mukkuri making. If you are interested in what is mukkuri, please visit here.

Sorry from here in Japanese. I want to leave some tips of how to play mukkuri well.

アイヌの楽器、ムックリを作ってきました。体験は約90分。ムックリ作りとどうやって音をならすのか。口を開けて音を口の中で反響させるのですが、舌の動きや呼吸によって音を変化させて楽しみます。

コツその1:
音をならしつつ、息を吸い込む

その2:
「オヨヨ」と言うつもりで舌の形をつくる

その3:
コツその2と同じ感じで「ビールください」という口の形をつくる

などなど。

ムックリ作りを教えてくださった方、また北方民族資料館勤務の友人のムックリのうまさに感服です。

今回体験に付き合ってくれた友人Kにも感謝ですm(_ _)m

Autumn Leaves Viewing in Onuma/大沼で紅葉狩り

Today I went to Onuma in spite of bad weather. It was cold but autumn colored momiji leaves and other plants were really beautiful. It was worth visiting.
大沼もみじ
I enjoyed walking in Onuma Shinrin Park. The above photo was taken at the parking and while walking through the trail, I enjoyed seeing various fallen leaves and vivid green moss.
苔ともみじ
落ち葉とキノコ
コシアブラ
The white leaves of the above picture are koshiabura's.

If you have not decided how to spend this weekend, why don't you visit Onuma? After enjoying autumn leaves, Onuma dango dumprings are good for souvenir;) Today I knew for the first time that a combination of sesame and sweet soy sauce is offered only at Numanoya shop in Onuma.

Kanpukai meeting/観楓会

The last weekend my husband and I joined a Kanpukai meeting. Kanpukai is writtin 観楓会 in kanji character and it means a meeting to enjoy seeing autumn leaves. It is an unique event in Hokkaido and if you say your friends who live in Honshu, Shikokku, Kyushu islands and other places, they don't understand. Offices and circles in Hokkaido hold this kanpukai meetings when leaves wear autumn colors. But they don't mind seeing autumn leaves but just enjoy eating and drinking.

Most places in Japan enjoy Momiji-gari when leaves tinge with red or yellow. Momiji-gari is written "紅葉狩り" in japanese and its literal meaning is maple leaves hunting, but people don't gather maple leaves but just enjoy seeing beautiful shades of color, such as maples leaves and other autumn colored leaves.
モミジ

Today I hiked Mt. Hakodate in a group and a fellow walker picked up a fallen leave of Katsura (Japanese Judas) tree. It smelled sweet and I liked it.
カツラ

The leaves of the mountain have not changed their colors yet. But Urusi Japanese lacker tree leaves have change red. They are poisonous and if you touch it, you may be poisoned by lacquer.
ウルシ

Though it's getting colder and colder, but it's great to go hiking on fine days;)
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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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