There is an distinctive smell in the train, probably the old ciggy smell from the time when smoking was acceptable...ahhh, good and old time when majority of adult was puffing away....it was a part of the train travel when I was a kid.
Join me to sit down on the blue velvet like seat and take a short trip around the local for the "rediscovery". Yes, you can find yourself too....I do.
Today was definately the best day to bright your eyes with autumn leaves ("momiji") in Noboribetsu.
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There is a hot spring keeper's company who manages, controls, provides, maintains the hot spring. With their dairy effort, Noboribetsu remains as No.1 hot spring town.
Seeing is believing, hey....
Stands with sizzling foods and beer, scary looking ogres (we call them "oni") wandering around, march band parading on the main street, dance craze, fun, fun, fun!
Here is my favorite custard creamy pudding only available in Noboribetsu.
"Gochiso Purin" (Feast Pudding??) is the name and can be found at selective shops around my local.
The rich creamy custard melts into your mouth and caramel source down the bottom of the jar accentuates the aroma of vanilla.
If you try a jar, you must have another....
Cannot find a shop to buy?
Come ask me at Noboribetsu Gateway Center.
No guide book mentions the area, however, the place is for a traveller who wishes to experience local homey-style meal.
You can prove that it is true by making your own "Nama Caramel" (probably "fresh cream caramel" would be an appropriate translation) with Noboribetsu Milk.
At the counter of Noboribetsu Gateway Center, we sincerely treasure every encounter everyday. This pretty bean with the Chinese word "I love you forever" was given by a Taiwanese lady whom I assisted with choosing a day spa in the heavy rain. It was such a small thing I assisted, however, the lady appreciated and carefully choose this one and gave it to me with "Thank you very much".
One of our hotels, "Daiichi Takimotokan" (http://www.takimotokan.co.jp/) has its 151 years anniversary and held the Ainu's traditional performing arts at the foyer. The hotel has many programs to entertain the customers for 151 days from 1 June.
Here's me with Yamamaru-san, who is a symbolic figure of the local Ainu people. With the extremely strong feature and a gorgerous traditional outfit, he is very charismatic.
At 9pm, the hotel foyer was crowded with many audience who wore "Yukata" (After-bath cotton kimino) and the group of performers greeted with their own language and musical intruments.
You can meet them at "Shiraoi Porotokotan" (Ainu Museum): http://www.ainu-museum.or.jp/