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Seeking a cooler place/涼を求めて

It has been very hot even in Hokkaido, hasn't it?

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.

大野平野fromきじひき

大沼と小沼fromきじひき

きじひき馬放牧

きじひき牛放牧

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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Science Museum of Fishery department, Hokkaido University


白鯨 上 (岩波文庫)白鯨 上 (岩波文庫)
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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.
北大水産科学館
Entering from the central gate, the museum is located left end of its campus.

It has a lot of formalinized specimens.
リュウグウノツカイ
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.

アンコウ
Their faces are funny, aren't they?

On the first floor you can see formalin-specimens and fishing tools.
トロール網模型

On the second floor you can find accessaries and marine art crafts.
貝細工

But what I wanted to see was skeletal preparations of a whale. It was in an annexed room.
クジラ骨格
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.
ラッコ剥製

あざらし剥製

The museum is open to public for free and you are requested to leave your name and address at the entrance.




Weekend in Onuma Quasi-national Park/週末 in 大沼国定公園

Early July, one of my friends who once lived in Hokodate returned. While she was in Hakodate, she explored so many places in the south eastern area of Hokkaido and Onuma was one of her favorites.
7月の頭に前に函館に住んでいた友人が帰ってきました。函館にいる間、道南のいろんなところを訪ね歩いた彼女の大好きな場所の一つが大沼です。

We spent a very enjoyable weekend there;)
そこで、楽しい週末を過ごしました。

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A "Power Spot" of Onuma/大沼のパワースポット

I was interested in Reisendo, one of power spots of Onuma for a long time. Last month, I finally visited it.
霊泉洞看板
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.
greenlane
A five-minute walk took me to a small Shinto Shrine and there was an iron ladder near it.
ironladder
Climbing down the ladder, you can find a hole from which spring water is flowing out.
霊泉洞の水
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.
はしごこわい

It was a sort of an adventure for me and felt that I conquered one of the secrets of the Onuma area.

Cherry blossoms of Sumiyoshi Shrine/住三吉神社の桜

Golden week ended. I drove through Goryokaku Park, but the parking lots around it were totally full, so I went to Sumiyoshi shrine which also has cherry trees on the way to the shrine. It was 6th of May, I believe.
Torii of Sumiyoshi Shrine

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.
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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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