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. 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!
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。