On their way to Asahikawa, they came across a festival (Matsuri 祭り) and stopped for a bit because it was Mary and Fujipon’s first time. Young and old people were dancing while others were enjoying some food and drinking some beer ♪( ´▽｀)
At the Hotel (｀・ω・´)
*Sleepy* – “Go!” – “Peppa”
Afer spending the night at a hotel in Asahikawa, they woke up early to visit the city. Fujipon didn’t sleep enough but he still managed to get out of bed!
Their first destination…
The Ainu Museum!(｀・ω・´)
“Ainu?” – “Are you angry?” – “Let’s run away!”
It’s a small museum where you can learn more about the Ainu civilization. Tools, weapons, artisanal goods are exposed there. This museum was founded by Kawamura Kaneto (1893-1977), a local Ainu. By walking through this museum, you can definitely feel its will to share the culture, to increase awareness about this population (because let’s be honest, sadly, nobody care even though it is going extinct). It was very calm, there was no one but a small television group when they visited and even though it’s a small museum, it was definitely a good and moving experience. It is an important part of Japan’s history and culture and it’s a shame that it’s often forgotten by most.
They took the opportunity to buy some souvenirs made by the family of the owners! Here is a cool necklace made out of wood ( ^ω^ ).
After learning a bit more about Ainu culture, Fujipon, Yotsu and Mary went to Tokiwa Park! It’s a very wide park where you can walk around while enjoying nature and museums.
“Park” – “It looks strong!” – “God”
There was also a shrine inside the park, so Fujipon took the chance to wash a bit before entering. Indeed, before entering the sacred place, you have to cleanse your hands and your mouth. The ritual follows simple steps.
1)You first should salute (something that nobody does apparently, maybe that this step has been forgotten or something?)
2)Take the “hishaku” (cf picture) with your right hand, fill it with water, and water your left hand with it.
3) Take the hishaku with your left hand and water your right hand.
4) Hold the hishaku in your right hand again, put some water in your left hand so that you will cleanse your mouth with it.
5) Put some water again on your left hand to cleanse again (I’ve never did this step, Yotsu never told me about it) and finally rinse the hishaku vertically so that the water inside flows on the handle.
6) Put the hishaku back to its place.
There! you’re clean 😉
Note that most of japanese people get the order wrong, which was the case of Yotsu…I had to do some research to find the right steps, and actually, even on TV, they didn’t talk about the salute or the beginning of the 5th step. Source
There was a beautiful place where you could sit on a bench while enjoying the view of beautiful flowers. They were lucky, it was sunny that day!
And Yotsu insisted on going on a rowing boat…
“Can you do it?” – “Let’s try our best!”
“We’re gonna crush!” -“Hello~”
“A tunnel?” – “I’ll do it too!”
It was a funny experience. As you can see, Fujipon really had fun on the ride! You can enjoy nature while doing some exercise. (Mary did most of it…) They were only few people so it was definitely worth it! It was around 600 yen for 1/2 an hour.
Their final destination was Gokoku Shrine ! A very calm and beautiful place.
“It’s long!” – “Pon”
And here ends their visit of Asahikawa… They had to take the airplane in the evening to arrive in Tokyo in the night.