This is the hot spring bathroom in the guestroom of Jouzankei Onsen "Hotel Shikanoyu" in Sapporo City. It may be good for the people who are not used to the public bath.
Wouldn't you like to stay in such typical a room of the hotel with hot spring spa and culinary delights ? The atmosphere is so called Japanese-Japanese.
Japanese Sake Brewery "Tanaka Shuzo" in Otaru must be the best place to visit for the tourists from overseas to learn the culture, customs and history in Japan.
The kind of rice crop to make sake is different from the ones for normal meal. They must be polished up to cut off their fat and protein to make high-quality Japanese sake. Approximately 70% of each rice crop should be taken off by polishing machine little by little to avoid heating up and changing the quality of the rice crops.
The fat and protein of the rice lead to bitterness and distastefulness.
Steamed rice and clear water are put in the tank made of stainless steel nowadays but wooden tank had been used before.
It takes 30 days to make unrefined Japanese in the tank. Too fast fermentation is dangerous to make quality Japanese sake, so the temperature is completely controlled in the room.
But now that temperature control is easier than before, sake brewing is being done all the year round. We can savor the quality Japanese sake fresh from the tank all the year round. Different from whisky, it doesn't have to be laid down in the wooden warehouse. Freshness is crucial and keeping the appropriate temperature is crucial for our happiness to savor quality sake.
Above is the room for fermentation to make Japanese sake and on the left is for making wine from blue berry, prune and apple made in the adjacent towns Niki and Yoichi.
Today, a representative of Tasmania, Australia paid a courtesy call on Secretary General of Governor's Office, Hokkaido Government. The island of Tasmania is located at 43 degrees south latitude. Hokkaido is located at 43 degrees north latitude. Two islands may be able to establish a special relationship with each other. Active exchange in private sectors should be required for the better relationship between the regions.
Akkeshi town has already established a sister-city relationship with a town in Tasmania, Clarence. More than one hundred years ago, a ship was wrecked off shore of Akkeshi Town near Kushiro City. Citizens of the town rescued the crew of the ship. It is the beginning of the relationship of the municipalities.
What will start from now ?