Esashi Town in Hiyama sub-prefectural area ! 1
We went down to the south and come across the Oshima Peninsula from the Pacific to the Sea of Japan to reach Esashi Town through Assabu Town.
The Oshima Peninsula is very thin and it requires only 30 minute to cross over by car but the mountains wearing clouds on the narrow peninsula nurture so many brown bears with an abundant supply of food.
To be surprised, two more kinds of brown bears are living in Hokkaido. One is from the northern Europe and Russia depending on the research about the mitochondria and they are living in the central part of Hokkaido. The other is from the far east of Russia and Alaska in the United States and they are mainly living in the eastern part of Hokkaido Island including Shiretoko Area listed as the World Heritage by UNESCO.
That means three kinds of brown bears in the world are living in the narrow island Hokkaido. Is that amazing ?
Besides, we reached Esashi Town in the afternoon and headed to the Japanese traditional sweets shop "Yamada-ya" established in Edo Era, approximately 400 years ago. Unfortunately, what we wer eager to eat, the rice cake with strawberry and sweet red-beans paste inside, Ichigo Daifuku, and the rice cake with sweet red-beans paste inside and salty peas in the dough, Shiomame Daifuku were sold out.
The cover is real salted cheery leaf that can be eaten and creates miracle harmony with the sweetness of the read-bean paste.