Saturday, August 19, 2017

Hokkaido 2017: Day 5 そばを自分で作った!


Learnt how to make soba from Agishiさん! あぎしさんにそばの作り方を習った!

The soba we made! 自分で作ったそば!ちょっと硬かった…(笑)
喜香庵
http://h-takarajima.com/detail/index/2885

On the 2nd last day of the trip, Mum and Megumiさん arranged for a soba-making session at 喜香庵 (I'm so sorry, this is the limit of my N4 Japanese. I have no idea how to pronounce this ٩(͡๏̯͡๏)۶, but click on the link above or you can always make arrangements with Hokkaido Treasure Island Travel Inc. (。•́‿•̀。)). Agishiさん first showed us how he made soba and then, the whole family took turns making our own soba together, under his patient guidance! It was a really good arm workout. Haha. Thereafter, Agishiさん and his wife (I think) cooked our (hard and uneven) soba for us, fed us his own (al dente) soba and we washed them all down with soba tea. We also ordered soba ice-cream which was a pure bowl of happiness! Someone needs to bring this to Singapore, stat. (*꒦ິ꒳꒦ີ)


Aunt Jam's Workshop ジャムおばさんのジャム工房

Yanase Takashi's Anpanman Shop やなせ たかしの店(ふらの店)

Furano Jam Garden
https://www.furanojam.com/furano_us/

Next stop was Furano Jam Garden, where we tried jam flavours we never knew existed and visited Anpanman. There are many gifts and souvenirs here that you can buy back for loved ones and if you want a hands-on experience, there's a jam-making class too. Just remember to make a reservation before 5.30pm the day before (Tel.: 0167-29-2233)!


Ninguru Terrace ニングルテラス

In fairytale land.

Ninguru Terrace's cookie. ٩(◕‿◕。)۶

Ninguru Terrace
http://www.furanotourism.com/en/spot/spot_D.php?id=2&kid1=1&kid2=8&kid3=26

Ninguru Terrace was just a stone's throw away from our hotel in Furano so we dropped by before dinner. This fairytale-like place is a collection of cottages selling handmade art and craft. There were intricately-carved wooden ornaments, candles with faces on them, leather crafts... And their very own cafe which serves really good baked milk and cookies!

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Hokkaido 2017 Diary 北海道の日記
Day 0: Hokkaido Treasure Island Travel Inc.+ Arriving at Hokkaido (New Chitose Airport)
Day 1: Volcanoes + Best Ramen + Best Hotel Everrr (Chitose → Noboribetsu → Lake Toya)
Day 2: Prettiest fields + Yummilicious cakes in Otaru (Lake Toya → Otaru → Sapporo)
Day 3: Shiroi Koibito Park + Outlet window-shopping (Sapporo)
Day 4: Pretty flowers + Telly Tower + Red bricks (Sapporo)
Day 5: Soba-making + Aunt Jam's love for Anpanman + Fairytale land (Sapporo → Furano)

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Hokkaido 2017: Day 4 私のデー


Tanukikoji Shopping Arcade 狸小路商店街

Don Quijote ドン・キホーテ on the right!

Tanukikoji Shopping Arcade
http://www.sapporo.travel/find/shops/tanukikoji_shopping_arcade/?lang=en

Day 4 was a free and easy day. We spent the late morning and noon exploring Tanukikoji Shopping Arcade, which is a 1km stretch of non-stop shopping. You have the super-duper awesome drugstores, clothes, souvenirs, food/ snacks... Basically everything is there, including Don Quijote (Free Wi-Fi.)! This place is also linked to the Sapporo Underground Shopping Malls, which means more shopping! Haha. You really can spend an entire day here but I decided to explore Sapporo a little more so I headed to...


Along the way.

Odori Park 大通公園

Sapporo TV Tower さっぽろテレビ塔
I want to try on a kimono the next time!

Odori Park
http://www.sapporo-park.or.jp/odori/en/

Sapporo TV Tower
https://www.tv-tower.co.jp/en/

Odori Park, where Sapporo TV Tower is! The park, though small, is beautifully littered with flowers. There's a water fountain right in the middle and people sit around it to enjoy ice-cream. For the TV Tower, you can actually go up to the observation deck and get a bird's eye view of the city. And then, there's the Information Centre and Official Shop where you can get complimentary maps and travel guides in various languages. And that was where I discovered...

Along the way.
The Old Hokkaido Government Building 赤れんが庁舎

The Old Hokkaido Government Building
http://www.sapporo.travel/find/culture/former_hokkaido_government_office/?lang=en

The Old Hokkaido Government Building, which was built in 1888 and is a symbol of Sapporo. It houses several rooms of exhibits relating Hokkaido's history and the ongoing Kuril Islands dispute among Japan, Russia and the Ainu people. It was a tad heavy to end the day with, but history buffs will definitely have a good time here. ◡̈

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Hokkaido 2017 Diary 北海道の日記
Day 0: Hokkaido Treasure Island Travel Inc.+ Arriving at Hokkaido (New Chitose Airport)
Day 1: Volcanoes + Best Ramen + Best Hotel Everrr (Chitose → Noboribetsu → Lake Toya)
Day 2: Prettiest fields + Yummilicious cakes in Otaru (Lake Toya → Otaru → Sapporo)
Day 3: Shiroi Koibito Park + Outlet window-shopping (Sapporo)
Day 4: Pretty flowers + Telly Tower + Red bricks (Sapporo)
Day 5: Soba-making + Aunt Jam's love for Anpanman + Fairytale land (Sapporo → Furano)

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Hokkaido 2017: Day 3 白い恋人パーク + たくさんアイスクリーム


My Shiroi Koibito Park 白い恋人パーク passport

Shiroi Koibito Park's Oompa Loompa

To carry around wherever you go. Keep out of reach of children.

Darth Vader wants Shiroi Koibito too.
Shiroi Koibito Park
http://www.shiroikoibitopark.jp/english/

The first half of Day 3 was spent exploring the factory that churns out everyone's all-time favourite biscuits. When you first arrive, you will be given your very own Shiroi Koibito passport to help guide you around the factory and also, tell you about the biscuit's history... Which was very Project Work-ish. Hahaha. Anyway, it was really cool to see the factory workers doing quality control on the biscuits. And gosh, just look at those squares of goodness! ♡ ♡ ♡


The super Instagram-worthy garden outside.

Dad and Mum garden-happy.

Welcome to Ouran Highschool Host Club's French Garden Party.

Dad and his ice-cream.

The garden outside the factory is divided up into different themes, such as Gulliver Town and Rose Garden. Tons of spots for that perfect selfie/ OOTD shot. Everyone was just snapping away but the Lee family decided to get Shiroi Koibito ice-cream instead. Haha. I can't quite remember the taste... It was yummy but it wasn't anything that I couldn't get elsewhere, so you might want to save your sugar intake for cakes and cream puffs instead. Heh.


Ramen from the food court stall with the longest queue, but of course.
Ice-cream again!

Chitose Outlet Mall Rera
http://www.outlet-rera.com/english/

We spent the rest of the day at Chitose Outlet Mall Rera. My family didn't buy much but people around us were holding big bags so if you're into brands, this is the place for you. I spent a lot of time examining the drugstore shelves and looking at food and then, this happened.

Me: すみません、はさみ(つ) hasami ワインがありますか? (Do you have scissors wine here? Meant to say 'honey 蜂蜜 hachimitsu'.)
店員: ????????????!

My Japanese is so bad. :\ Studying this afternoon. (•̀o•́)ง

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Hokkaido 2017 Diary 北海道の日記
Day 0: Hokkaido Treasure Island Travel Inc.+ Arriving at Hokkaido (New Chitose Airport)
Day 1: Volcanoes + Best Ramen + Best Hotel Everrr (Chitose → Noboribetsu → Lake Toya)
Day 2: Prettiest fields + Yummilicious cakes in Otaru (Lake Toya → Otaru → Sapporo)
Day 3: Shiroi Koibito Park + Outlet window-shopping (Sapporo)
Day 4: Pretty flowers + Telly Tower + Red bricks (Sapporo)
Day 5: Soba-making + Aunt Jam's love for Anpanman + Fairytale land (Sapporo → Furano)

(For more photos, please check out my Instagram @charlenejudith.)

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