Hokkaido Day 5: Lake Akan and Kushiro

Can’t believe we are half way through the trip! It goes by so fast when you are having fun. I may not be able to travel like this again so I am treasuring every moment. It is so nostalgic seeing all these sights and remembering it through the eyes of when I was very small. ツアーが半分終わったなんて信じられないです!楽しんでいる時間が早く過ぎ去りますね。高級なヤマトツアーでまた旅行できるかどうか分からないので、瞬間を心に留めておきます。その上、前に行った所を再訪して子供の時の目で覚えることが懐かしいです。

Today in the morning we took a boat on Lake Akan, known for marimo. Unfortunately it was all rainy today so we couldn’t see the beautiful lake. The boat takes you to the marimo museum where you can learn about the history and even touch it. Marimo is basically just a living moss ball plant, or a “spherical moss algae” if you are feeling fancy. I just think they are so cute. I wish I could bring one home and keep it as a pet but I think U.S. customs would not like that. On the way back the boat plays the “Marimo song,” an enka song that I memorized the lyrics to. 今日の朝は、まりものことに知られている阿寒湖で船に乗り、残念ながら雨が降っているため、美しい湖が見えなかったのです。まりもの博物館に向かって、そこでまりもの歴史を学んだり触れたりすることができます。まりもというのは、球状集合体を作る淡水性の緑藻で、とても可愛いと思います。アメリカに守ってくればいいなと思おいますが、税関に認められないかもしれませんね。帰り道の道中で「まりもの唄」という演歌の歌が再生され、記憶で歌ってみました。笑

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                    Leaving the hotel

We also visited a crane reserve. The cranes are very beautiful and don’t seem to be bothered by the rain. There was even a cute baby crane with its parents. The funniest thing happened, when one of the tour members started to take a picture of these cranes, they suddenly started yelling at the top of their lungs. I thought it was an emergency vehicle because it was so loud. Birds are such funny creatures. さらに鶴を観察し、美しい動物で、雨が降っても構いません。可愛い鶴の赤ちゃんもいました。すると、一人のお客様は写真を撮ってみた時に鶴たちが力いっぱい泣き始めました。すごくうるさくて、救急車だと思いました。鳥は面白いですよね!

Another lake, Lake Mashu, was also on the itinerary but we couldn’t see it because of the fog. It is a shame because it is known as the clearest lake in the world and its blue color is just stunning. Oh well! 摩周湖も日程表に入り、靄のせいで見えなかったのです。世界の中で一番清い湖で知られ、真っ青の色も美しいので、見たかったんです。残念ですね!

Dinner was delicious because we ate at a seafood BBQ place. I look forward to this on every Hokkaido tour. We ate clams, crab, fish, etc. I’m not really a seafood person but I like this Hokkaido seafood. There was also a cute stray cat; I saw a cat like this before too. 夕食は美味しい炉端焼きで、毎回北海道に来た時それを楽しみにしています。ホタテ、カニ、色々な魚などを食べ、シーフードがあまり好きではないんですが、釧路の炉端焼きが大好きです!それに、前に見た野良猫も居ました。

We will spend two nights here in Kushiro. I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s free time in the city. 釧路に2泊泊まり、明日のフリータイムを楽しみにしています。

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