Archive for June, 2012




Me and my wife went to the festival of the beginning of the mountaineering season in Asahidake.

The festival is held every year at the campsite near the station of the Asahidake ropeway. This year, it was the 64th festival.

The festival was not big, but many people were coming. We could eat meat, carry and grilled chicken, and drink beer. Very delicious!

There were a small exhibition area for mountain climber not to die in the mountain. Indeed, the number of climbers who died during climbing have been increasing in Japan. Few years ago, 7 people died by the hypothermia near the Asahidake . They were all visitors of a Hokkaido tour. They did not have enough time to postpone the climbing, so they tried to climb even if the weather became terrible.




Anyway, the mountaineer season has started, and next month, when the weather is fine (we can see whether the weather of the Asahikade is fine or not from my apartment), we will go to climb the Asahikada.


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DP1 after a long while

The above picture was taken with my DP1.


Concerning about compactness of digital cameras and high quality of pictures, the DP1 and DP2 series of SIGMA are the best choices. But I prefer to use the X10 rather than to use the DP1 now because of the uncomfortable operationality and impractical closeup mode of the DP1. Actually, I recently have many chances to take photos of dishes at the close distance, so I go out with my X10.


Yesterday, the new Sony compact digital camera, RX-100, was announced to be on sale on the next weekend. It has an 1 inch sensor and the high image quality is expected while its size is very compact. It is very attractive one. But I am not so interested in the RX-100 that I buy it; I am rather waiting for the announcement from SIGMA when the DP2 merril is available. When I went home the previous May, my father asked me if I have any digital cameras that I don’t use. I think he wants the digital camera, so I make a plan to buy the RX-100 for my father’s birthday.


Next month, I will start to climb mountains. Beautiful views will wait for us. So I will take my old DP1 for taking the photos of these views.

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I went for dinner at the Izakaya Tenkin with my wife.

The Izakaya Tenkin is a japanese style bar. It is located near the Asahikawa station and one of the popular japanese style bars in Asahikawa. The Izakaya Tenkin provides many kinds of dishes of fresh fish, meat, vegetables etc. So we like to have dinner at the Izakaya Tenkin. Honestly, I like to have dinner there every weeks. But, my wife, my financial watchdog, does not allow me to do it. (She is the excellent financial watchdog, though.)

We ordered a dish of sashimi, asparagus broiled with salt, vinegar foods, fried potatoes and Japanese crab nabe.

A dish of sushi


A dish of asparagus


Japanese crab nabe


The asparagus is now in season in Hokkaido. You can eat many kinds of dishes using the asparagus  at any Izakaya or restaurant in this season in Hokkaido.

After finishing the crab nabe, we ordered Japanese wheat noodle. We boiled the wheat noodle in the soup of the crab nabe. The wheat noodle was very delicious.

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