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2007/10/24


須古頓岬 Sukoton-misaki Cape Sukoton

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Cape Sukoton is located at the northernmost point of Rebun Island in Hokkaido. As it is the 2nd northernmost point in Japan, after Cape Soya, it is one of the popular sightseeing spots in the northern part of Hokkaido. From here, you can see the uninhabited Todo (northern sea lion) Island, where it is said that sea lions indeed come and land on this island in winter.

On a fine day, you can see the Sakhalin islands in the distance. You will feel refreshed to see white caps of waves glinting in the blue ocean. This is the best spot to see the sunset. Standing atop of this cape and viewing the rolling waves in the strong wind, you will feel that you have really come to the farthest land.
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2007/1/11


北前船主屋敷蔵六園 Kitamaesensyu-yashiki-zourokuen Zourokuen, the Estate of a Kitamae Ship-owner

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Zourokuen is the estate of the owner of a 'kitamaesen', one of the largest ships trading in the Sea of Japan from the Edo to mid-Meiji period.
   Most of the owners of kitamaesen were Oumi merchants, but were also employed as captains. These merchants built and commanded the kitamaesen, playing an active part in trade with Ezo (today's Hokkaido).
   As trade flourished, the merchants left the boats to the mariners of Kaga, Echizen and Wakasa. The captains of the kitamaesen were able to prosper as accomplished merchants, having gained experience and business acumen.
   Zourokuen comprises the residence and garden of the Saketani family, who had prospered in business. Their wealth is apparent in the buildings, its contents and the garden. The total area of the residence is about 1,000 tsubo (3,300m3). The total floor space of the lacquered mansion alone is about 300 tsubo (991.7m3).
   Exhibits in the warehouse include ancient documents, pottery (such as Kutani porcelain), yoshidaya, the miyamotoya-hachiro-akae, and the Matsuyama kiln.
   Approximately 500 kinds of Yamano grass grow wild in the garden of Enshuryu, and meiseki (ancient stones) from all over the country are positioned around the garden, creating a beautiful view.
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2006/12/15


下北半島 Shimokita-hantou The Shimokita Peninsula

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The Shimokita Peninsula located in the northeastern part of Aomori Pref. is known for its ax-like shape. The whole peninsula area is designated Shimokita Peninsula Quasi-National Park. From Cape Oma at the northernmost of Honshu Island, you can see Hokkaido within striking distance. There are a lot of scenic sites such as Cape Shiriya at the northeastern edge, Cape Oma at the northwestern edge, a series of rock formations made by wave erosion at Hotokegaura, Mt. Osorezan known for “Itako no Kuchi Yose (the calling of the spirits of the dead)” and beautiful autumn leaves at Yagen Stream. Many of these scenic sites create dreary and mysterious atmosphere, which has a nostalgic air of the farthest land. At night, isaribi, which are the lights of a cuttlefish fishing boats that leave the port at the sunset are fantastic. This area is also blessed with good hot springs such as Shimofuro, Yagen, Okuyagen and Yunokawa, where you can enjoy bathing in the idyllic atmosphere.
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