Jogging around Niseko !

by Kazu

Inhaling what the trees exhaled, I was energized so much in the woods and on the very cold river flow. I will take you there, Norm !
Part of clouds was left between the trees and waiting for time to disappear. It is not the steam from the hot spring.
Some old hotels along this road was closed or refurbished. Running a hotel is a tough work even for well-experienced hoteliers.


Niseko in the morning 2 !

 by Kazu

Above is the gate of the hotel " Tsuruga Moku-no-shou" .  All the guests have to go down this slope to reach the entrance through the small bridge.
 I went up the road to the upper side of the valley.The skyline was clear and shining under the blue sky.
A small trail invited me to the forest. It must lead to something excellent in the area.  What do you think the trail led to ?


Niseko in the morning !

by Kazu

It was so fine and I felt the plants were breathing and extending their branches and leaves in the sunshine. They were refreshing our bodies so much.
The capacity of the parking lot was not so huge and that made the space so comfortable.
Going up the slope from the entrance to the gate, this road connects Nisdeko area to Iwanai . This road is open even in winter  but so heavy snow covers this area every year.


Art of the Indigenous People of Hokkaido !

 by Kazu

It is said that each family of Ainu, the indigenous people in Japan, has their own pattern made of cloth, and sometimes leather. It is like a crest that belongs to a certain genealogy.
 One of the most famous carvers of the indigenous people in Japan Ainu said that he was not an artist but a craftsman.
He quit to go to grade school and started to carve the trunks of woods and produce thousands of sculptures for more than half century.


What they give us !

by Kazu

The sculptures with beautiful curved line made us think of what the designs of commodities, utensils bring us. Of course, the functions required to the items naturally decide the shape.
 But we can give them a twist and what makes the holders love them more. It draws the attentions of the consumers.
 But the art works exists without any function and pragmatic usage. They give us peace of mind, stimulate and inspire. What matters is if we want to be with them or not.


The art of brewery and crafting sculpture !

by Kazu

Each Japanese-sake lovers has their own favorite one but they do not hesitate to savor a variety of labels of sake, I think.  Master sake-brewers called "Touji" in Japanese, have their own way to make sake, based on the tradition.
It is difficult to keep the quality and taste of a kind of sake for years but to satisfy the loyal consumers enough, it is required.
Sculptures on the wall of the isle made shadows of curious shape on the wall. We need the time to appreciate the art works on off-days, don't we ?


What makes us happy !

bY Kazu

Do you have your favorite Japanese sake ?
Above is "Wakashou" made by the brewery "Chitosetsuru" based in Sapporo City. It tastes so nice and leads you to the world of happiness. "Maruta" on the left also hypnotize on you so nicely.
"Onigoroshi" means "ogre-killer" in Japanese but the name shows the tastefulness of this sake that attracts and hypnotize on the drinkers even if they were ogres.
"Kita-no-Homare" brewed by Otokoyama Brewery headquartered in Asahikawa City may be one of the most popular and famous label in Japan. Other than major breweries, there are so many micro breweries in Hokkaido. I love "Arabashiri" brewed in Kobayashi Shuzou Brewery based in Kuriyama Town. How about you ?


Arts on the wall of the isle and ・・・!

by Kazu

Private rooms were well-prepared in the hotel " Tsuruga Moku-no-shou" The name of the room we used was "Yamazakura" that means mountain cherry.
One of my friends who trained himself as an artist in Italy said that the hotel chain "Tsuruga" established made the most of the art works of the indigenous people of Hokkaido and without that, the hotel chain could not be so successful.
 Other than the art on the wall, bottles of Japanese sake were displayed like the works of arts. Yes, it can be said that those Japanese sake were crafted so carefully like so delicate creature. It is a kind of  art.


End of the feast !

 by Kazu

The strawberry was not so big but the taste was so strong with its appropriate sourness and sweetness. The pudding satisfied us so much at the end of the entertainment.
 I have to correct again about what we ate. Taro boiled with broth was served as well as crab liver curd. The sliced fish in  the black fire pot was deep-water scorpionfish with big eyes called "Menuke". 
The grilled and sliced meat was pork. I am so sorry for wrong information. The crest was made for this hotel. this pattern is that of the indigenous people of Hokkaido called Ainu.


End credits roll !

by Kazu

The dessert was ice cream and pudding topped with fresh strawberry. Steamed rice featuring red beans was served before that.
 Espresso accompanied to the dessert but enough wine and beer promised us a good and deep sleep, I thought.
 Last but not least, the name of the restaurant is Shourai. I have to correct what I posted. The appetizer was not sesame curd. It was potato curd.