I am Mrs Toh

Hokkaido Winter Trip – Part 2 (01st Dec 2012)

Posted on: January 31, 2013

Woke up to this amazing view.
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The AWESOME pillow! I thought it was too firm at first, but after lying on it for a while, I thought it was the most comfy pillow ever!!
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Breakfast!
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I had a croissant with ham and butter for Mr Toh. His favourite breakfast item in every hotel. He’d be sad if the hotel doesn’t have it.
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Happy Zann! Lol.
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Gorgeous view at breakfast~
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My OFTD~ Realised that I don’t like wearing turtlenecks. T_T Hate the feeling of something ‘strangling’ my neck. =X
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The landscape where we were at mainly consisted of mountains, snow and barren trees.
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Random structure that I think looks like a barn.
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Bored on the bus. =P
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Beautiful blue skies.
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1st stop of the day – Shiraoi Ainu Village.

Huge statue at the entrance.
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Ninja appeared again! Hahahaha. Damn the wind.
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Ainu dog. Her fur is soo pretty!
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Around the village.
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Bear statue.
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We then went into a hut for some performances.

The host. He is very funny. He can even speak some Hokkien!
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This performer used a very unique item to produce a melodic sound. The item is for sale in their shop and I see a few children of our tour mates buying it.
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Real salted fish hanging on the beams! REAL ONE. Luckily no smell. Haha.
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Took a photo with one of the ladies.
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I love the toilets in Japan. Even a public toilet at this museum was so clean. xD
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The Ainu people are an indigenous group mainly living in Hokkaido. IIRC, they were the ‘original’ residents of Japan. However there are very few Ainu people left. Even if you see them in Japan, you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between them and Japanese as due to years of integration in Japan and intermarriage.

Wood shavings they use to ward off evil. It made me think of ramen. =X
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Their clothing
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Ainu women used to have tattoos on their faces. O.o
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Out by the lake.
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Sun shining brightly but when the wind blows, it’s super cold.
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Cute owl statue.
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Comparison of me and the huge statue earlier.
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We then left for lunch!

Toll booth along the highway~
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Very good weather~
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Steamed veggies and meat inside this wooden tray-like thing.
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Udon, veggies, chicken meat and pumpkin. I LOVE the pumpkin. So sweet. *drools* Very healthy lunch.
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*thumbs up* xD
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After lunch, we proceeded to the Noboribetsu Date Jidai Mura, town of Edo. I liked this place! One of my favourite places~

Otemon Gate.

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Guy in Samurai outfit. Very smiley and obliging.
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The place is gorgeous!
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Snowy shoes
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Backdrop is the restaurant we dined in. So quaint.
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Super love the blue blue skies. This is their merchant’s lane, where all the shops are.
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Love this photo!
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Us~
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Us in front of the town.
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Ninja maze. Stupid place!!
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Made us giddy like dunno what!! It wasn’t so bad at this area so I took a pic.
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We caught 2 shows there! 1 Ninja show and an Oiran performance.

The male lead in the Ninja show is quite good looking and man! I like. HHAHAHA.
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Them taking a bow after the show.
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We were handed small pieces of white paper at the entrance. Those are for us to wrap $$ in them to throw to the stage when they are taking their bows to show our appreciation. Can you see the tiny white specks on the stage?
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Us with the cast! My shuai ge~~~ xD
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Took a short break. Very cute pavilion for smoking.
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Oiran show! We were RIGHT in front of the stage because we reached there early.

The emcee of the show. She is hilarious!
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Rounding up volunteers in the audience to take part in the show. An uncle won in the end and he got to act as a victorious Samurai general! Even got the oiran to sit beside him. Lol. Quite fun. Heh.
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Oiran dancing. Her actions were very refined and graceful!
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She’s not the typical beauty but she has poise and very graceful~~
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The meow meow temple. O-nyanko Cat Temple.
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We had ice cream!! My nose was dripping like siao. Lol.
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Met the samurai on the way out and I requested to hold his sword. So heavy!
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Back at the hotel, we went for onsen again! Shioooooooook!! Less shiok was the fact we had to strip in a locker area and walk bare ass naked to the onsen area. A *little* less shy this time. Haha.

Apparently the waters here are are great for the skin. Their onsens provide almost everything you need! Shampoo, body wash, conditioner, facial scrub, heel scrub etc.

After the onsen, you can dress and there’s an area for you to dry your hair. There’s different types of face creams there for you to try. I liked their hair conditioner. Made my hair very smooth! Seriously, I think the air there has magic in it. My hair was sooo well behaved! *sigh*

Mini Christmas event at the hotel lobby on Sat night. Santa was giving presents away to children. So tempted to go up to him too. But I think I’m a bit over aged. Lol. =X
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Night view of the lights from our room.
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Snowfall that night! Don’t know if you can see or not.
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Candies and jellies I bought! Sadly the melon jelly wasn’t very nice. Texture a bit too soft. Almost like the real fruit but Mr Toh wanted jelly. T_T
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