This is my first business jaunt in this year. Almost once a year, I visit Rishiri Island and Rebun Island located on the west of Wakkanai City, of course, on the Sea of Japan. This memorial sign shows the lyric of a certain song called "Shigure Ondo" which means "scattered shower dancing song " on my way in Kutsugata Area.
The lyrics means "Donto Donto surfing on the wave ???" and it is near" Donto Community Center". "Donto" does not mean "don't" .
I think fishermen love songs for their pleasure all over the world.
It was not so cold but the scenery made me feel lonely and cold albeit my colleagues were around me and they enjoyed their trip to the island.
I prayed for the safe trip and the success of my business with my fingers and toes crossed.
It seems that I will not be able to have a dinner with my wife for her birthday, I took her to this restaurant N43 Steak House on the third floor of Bisse, Hokuyo Ohdori Center, Nishi 3 Chome, Ohdori, Chuo-ku, Sapporo City.
Dry aged beef is the big draw of this steak house.
is beef that has been hung or placed on a rack to dry for several weeks. After the animal is slaughtered and cleaned, either the entire or half will be hung. Primal (large distinct sections) or sub primal cuts strip loins, rib eyes and sirloin are placed in a refrigerator unit, also known as a "hot box". This process involves considerable expense, as the beef must be stored near freezing temperatures. Subprimal cuts can be dry aged on racks either in specially climate-controlled coolers or within a moisture-permeable drybag. Moreover, only the higher grades of meat can be dry aged, as the process requires meat with a large, evenly distributed fat content. Because of this, dry-aged beef is seldom available outside of steak restaurants and upscale butcher shops or groceries. The key effect of dry aging is the concentration and saturation of the natural flavour, as well as the tenderisation of the meat texture."
In this great holidays, the restaurant is offering its lunch buffet for 2,900 Japanese yen for a person.
It is so cloudy and windy today that it might be the best to spend our time inside the building.
I am so happy with so nice better half after she came back from long business jaunt to small islands Rishiri and Rebun.
I will post the photos of those island taken on her way to and back from the islands.
Beside, the flower arrangement on the left was displayed at the entrance of the steakhouse.
Mmmmm, me gusta!
Which do you prefer, Japanese Yakiniku or such thick beefsteak ?
After new top brasses assumed office in our Sub-prefectural Office of Hokkaido Government, I have to throw a party inviting the local press.
Ezo-ya in Iwamizawa City was chosen as the venue of the party this time. We choose the party course for four thousand yen per two hours, usually.
I decided not to go the after because I experienced stressful situations and slight injury in the after and sometimes felt some aches with my muscles.
I want to drink with my wife using such tasteful porcelain, away from thousands of craps in this world. No more binge drinking !
But, to be honest, I had been caught by one of my colleagues in the party thrown for directors and abducted to another colleague's flat in Iwamizawa City.
I am keeping to steer clear of alcohol this weekend.
Please take care and stay fit through this great holidays !
It is not the artificial coastline. Yes, this is the natural cliff that seems to consist of many pillars of rocks. The name of the cape is "Shibi no Misaki" which means "Cape Tuna". The many stone pillars seemed to be like the scales of tuna fish. This kind of layer and the rocks are very precious in geology.
The setting sun showed such solemn countenance.
Have a great weekend!
Spring has come !
Crocuses are blooming in Iwamizawa Park.
Though it is still a little bit too cold for wearing a T-shirt, the flowers take off their coat and inspire us.
I can see the flowers yellow and white on the ground but can't find purples. Does the ground have a tendency ?
To be honest, hangover and losing memory of last night are annoying me now. I have to show the perfect recovery by the end of office hour.
I made a rendezvous with a certain admirable top brass of central government of Japan. He is so nice to talk to and spend time with.
Besides, after dinner with him in Japanese bistro "Aburiya" (URL : http://www.aburiya.com/ but only in Japanese),
I dropped by again Hakata Ramen Noodle Soup Restaurant "Barikiya" near JR Sapporo Station.
"Barikote Zenbu Nokke Men" which means fatty ramen noodle soup with all kinds toppings in Bariki-ya. I love Sumire Remen restaurant established in Sapporo City the most but this ramen restaurant is near my condo. and also addictive.
What a splendid season for camping has begun!
It is still a little bit cold but the camping sites with cottages or cabins are so comfortable to stay even in April. Of course, the hot spring spa is the "must" in every camping site for my wife and me.
Assabu Town in the southern part of Hokkaido Island also has so nice camping site called "The Forest of Recreation".
Uzura River is flowing near the hot spring spa in Uzura Area. Sometimes bears may be trotting across the river, so bring the bell to avoid bear attacks. The green leaves and branches cover the river and make the tunnel. The camping site with parking lots for automobiles are near here.
"The orchid Festival in Akabira City" was held on April 20(Sat.) and 21(Sun.) but the result was posted only on the newspapers. I will post the awarded orchids after I get the photos of them.
Before that, I post the result of the photo competition in Akabira City.
The first prize for kids were given to "Fading Character of Fire" taken at the fire festival in the city as shown on the top.
The first prize for adults were given to "The Dawn" shown on the right. The second were to "Opening show in the fire festival", the third to "The Midnight Feast".
The prize for "Four Seasons" is also attractive. What you can see in the photo taken in autumn is the shaft tower of the coalmine in Akabira City. The two wheel were for rolling up the wires of the lift to carry the coalmine workers. The coalmine was closed many years ago but the shaft stands still. These facilities not in use will decay and be forgotten ?
Former landmark in the city and the mind of the citizens is to be or not to be for the future of the city ? The citizens should decide that by themselves.
On my way back from my business jaunt to Ashibetsu City, I could see the shade of God on the mountain on the north. I think it is Mt. Shokanbetsu-dake wearing clouds around its hillside. It is hallowed with the sunshine and mysterious clouds.
I was haggard with long drive and endless disputes in municipalities but I got the second wing from the shade and light.
Everybody settled in the new circumstances ?
I had to hit the ground running when I was assigned to Sorachi sub-prefectural area. I will have to conduct a rocket start this fiscal year and show a special performance to the people in my area.
Everybody, please take care of yourself and shake the world with me !
It is called open-pit mining, open-cut mining or opencast mining.
I've never seen the real open-pit coal mine before but there is one in Utashinai City, Sorachi sub-prefectural area where had been the center of energy-producing in Japan. Yes, Sorachi meant the world before.
It can be seen from the top and the hillside of Mt. Kamoi(dake) where many professional skier visit in winter.
Even in Otokoyama Brewery Park, Asahikawa City, pretty flowers such as Dogtooth Violets, Far East Amur adonis started to bloom.
My colleague said that it is possible to extract the starch from the root of this plant Dogtooth Violet but nowadays the starch is made from mainly potatoes in Hokkaido.
Or, one of them was born out of wedlock.
Have a nice weekend!