"A-Uroko" Marche Frais in Akkeshi Town !

by Kazu

After the meeting with the directors of Akkeshi Fisherman's Association, we visited the fresh market run by the association.
Needless to say, we were treated to the top-quality oysters by the directors.  
The oysters of appropriate size were selected for tasting in the market that had a microwave oven at the corner with tables. What do you think think of this beautiful and yummy oyster ?  It may be a kind of art produced in cooperation with the nature and the human.
The directors of the association kindly cooked the oysters with the microwave oven and served them to the ladies.
The oysters were so hot that it was difficult to open the shell with bare hands.  
Single-seed cultivation of oysters has a cutting-edge in the market and the art of cultivation is still being improved. You can savor the brand-name oysters "Kaki-emon" even in Sapporo City.
The name of the restaurant is "Yuhichiro Shouten" near Sapporo railway station.
 Please show this name and address

厚岸漁業部 祐一郎商店 札幌JR西口店
  1. 住所: 北海道札幌市中央区北5条西6丁目1 ノルテ5.6ビル5F
  2. Tel :011-252-5500


Fun to savor in Akkeshi Town !

by Kazu

It seemed that "Gomi" Hotel was one of the assets run by "Gomi" local conglomerate in Akkeshi Town.
I hosted the lunch on the day and I went to Pork Cutlet Curry Rice in the restaurant of Gomi Hotel.
The details of the hotel is at

You must be surprised at the quality of the dishes served in the restaurant.
The ladies visited The Fishermen's Association of Akkeshi Town to learn the branding it had promoted.
The top-quality oysters produced in Akkeshi is called "Kakiemon" theat is the namesake of Kaki meaning oyster and "emon" that was added to the comparatively popular name in Japan of Edo Era and before.
 It might be difficult to figure out the strategy for the promotion of the products in Akkeshi Town because the fishermen's association had already been successful in the promotion and branding of the local products.
As they say, "Easier said than done" but they had to hammer out an enlightening idea for the total promotion of the products and the town itself.  For that ,they had to try and feel the products with their tongue, skin, nose, ears, eyes as well as their souls.  

Maritime Creatures in Akkeshi Bay!

by Kazu

Two kinds of gigantic oysters were displayed in the showcase of the Aikappu Museum in Akkeshi Town.
How old do you think they are ?
Approximately twenty five years could be counted on the shells' line.  
Barbed hunchback poacher is called Atsumori-uo in
Japan. Dog poacher is called "Inu-gochi" in Japanese.
A  baby swordfish was also displayed in the museum. It was the first time for me to see such small swordfish. "Are you tired,ladies ?"


Birds of Prey in Akkeshi Area !

by Kazu

 The fauna of the area was also displayed in the museum and the one of my favorite eagle Mountain Hawk-eagle was in front of me. Japanese name is "Kuma-Taka" that means "Bear Hawk" in Japanese.

 I was convinced that the area had worth to be designated as one of the marsh listed on the Ramsar Convention or more.
Some European people or globe-trotters on the sphere may be convinced that the area is worthwhile or worth-preserved not only for human-beings but the terra itself !    Japanese huchen in other words, Sakhaline taime was also exhibited for skilled anglers.


Aikappu Museum of Natural History, Hokkaido University ②!

by Kazu

Blakiston's fish owl
Japanese name is "Ezo Shima Fukurou" that is the namesake of its characteristics of  "striped" and the old name of Hokkaido Island "Ezo".
I was not sure if the size of the owl gave any impact to the beautiful ladies from the main island of Japan or not.
I was not sure if the size of the owl gave any impact to the beautiful ladies from the main island of Japan or not. Almost every kinds of information can be obtained from the Internet, so virtual experiences make our senses numb sometimes.  
These kinds of embalmed and stuffed animals might not strike them as "so cute !" things, I am afraid. They were and are not living and moving now.
The baby  Spotted Seal is very popular in Japan because the creature had been a protagonist in a certain popular comic.
Ringed Seal  also can be seen around Hokkaido Island.
Bearded Seal is also rampant in Japan, particularly northern part of Japan including Hokkaido but is not so popular as the other kinds.
You can see the Steller's sea eagle and White-tailed sea eagle when the floating ices from Siberia swamp to the coast of Shiretoko Peninsula.


Aikappu Museum of Natural History, Hokkaido University !

by Kazu

After the research cruise, the chief researcher Mr. Nakaoka gave the ladies briefing on the facility that had been used as an aquarium.

Mr. Nakaoka was explaining on the characteristics of Akkeshi Bay and Lac Akkeshi . They are designated as the prefectural natural park of Hokkaido and the marsh listed on the Ramsar Convention.
The land, river, the area that is filled up with mixture of salt wate and pure water and the ocean are located next to next each other. Very few effects of human activities can be seen in the area because a half of the area is covered with the forest.
On the way to the Cape Aikappu from where so beautiful scenery that I posted the photos of them could be seen, and where was on the upper side of the research center under the cliff, this museum existed as if was hiding itself in the forest.  
It is embalmed and stuffed Leatherback turtle.
So huge ! I've ever seen the living one but it was the first time to see the stuffed one.
I thought it was the first time for the ladies to see this creature.
This is Loggerhead turtle. I am not sure the difference between this turtle and Green turtle other than the color.
Have you got ??????, ladies ?

The creatures in Akkeshi Bay !

by Kazu

A Japanese fluvial sculpin was the second guest to our boat.  It is not a Monk fish but the shape is similar. It is called "Kajika" in Japanese.
It is called "Nabe-kowashi" that means pot-breaker because it is so delicious that the people eating the fire pot break the pot itself.                                                                                                                                      
The third guest to the boat was found. It was a tidepool gunnel, Ginpo in Japanese.
 The ladies started shooting and poked the fish.
The male Japanese fluvial sculpin raises their babies. One of them was near the adult. It was so small but the shape is almost the same.
 In the bush of water-weed, a variety of plankton grow and that nurture various kinds of creatures.                                          

Some fishermen were picking up clams in the water.  Some parts of the bay are very shallow.              
 After the researching cruise, the ladies felt as if they became the ladies of the ocean. They gave us their best shots.
At that moment, I was not sure if they would be able to build up the plan to maximize the exposure of the town.
To be continued.