Last week was a bon holiday and I think a lot of people enjoyed it visiting various places, visiting their family graves. During the bon holiday, it was really hot here. So I visited a cooler place which commanded a very good view. Have you ever been there? The pictures below were taken at the place I went. You can enlarge all by clicking them.
The first picture shows Ono plain and express way Route 5. The second shows lakes lying at the foot of a volcano. The third and forth shows horses and cows out at feed. Can you guess where I was?
I visited Kijihiki highland in Hokuto.
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I'm reading H. Melville's Moby-Dick; or, the Whale. The three volumes published by Iwanami are full of whaling information and it reminded me of a museum of Hokkaido University in Minato-cho. So I visited there the other day.
Entering from the central gate, the museum is located left end of its campus.
It has a lot of formalinized specimens.
All the pictures here can be enlarged by clicking them. The above photo is an oarfish. Japanese name is Ryugu-no-tukai, which means a messenger from Dragon's Palace. It was caught in Kamiiso.
Their faces are funny, aren't they?
On the first floor you can see formalin-specimens and fishing tools.
On the second floor you can find accessaries and marine art crafts.
But what I wanted to see was skeletal preparations of a whale. It was in an annexed room.
It was a Bryde's whale, not a sperm whale. But the size was big enough to amaze me.
You can see stuffed specimens of sea otters and seals.
The museum is open to public for free and you are requested to leave your name and address at the entrance.
We spent a very enjoyable weekend there;)
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I've driven along the lake Onuma many times so far and sometimes noticed a small signage. It's very easy to overlook it. But every time I found the small board, it intrigued me. Finally, I parked the car near it and stepped into the bush.
A five-minute walk took me to a small Shinto Shrine and there was an iron ladder near it.
Climbing down the ladder, you can find a hole from which spring water is flowing out.
It is said that the water never dries up.
You can see the hole when you climb down the ladder. I feared a lot lest I dropped my camera in the water.
It was a sort of an adventure for me and felt that I conquered one of the secrets of the Onuma area.
Sumiyoshi Shrine is on the way to Cape Tachimachi. It is a small shrines, so only known to locals. When I went to there on Sunday, 8th, it started to lose their petals. But there is another good cherry blossom viewpoint. It is Hakodate Hachimangu Shrine. I think their cherry trees will be in full bloom in a few days. When I visited there, they were just starting to bloom. They are my favorite places to enjoy beautiful cherry blossoms.