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Blue pond

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The Aoi-ike is a really blue pond.

The “Aoi-ike” which means “A blue pond” in Japanese (Aoi -> blue, ike -> pond).
It is located in the Biei and it takes about 30 min by car to get there from Asahikawa.

The Aoi-ike has been popular in the past few years in japan,
because of the beauty of the pond with blue water.
(But I was wondering the Aoi-ike is really blue pond.)

My parents happened to visit us last week,
so I took them to the Aoi-ike.
For us, it was the first time to see the Aoi-ike.

When I saw it, I was impressed the beauty of the blue pond.
It was really blue and amazingly beautiful.

From the explanation of the guide plate,
the Aoi-ike is not the pond that has been naturally made.
In 1988, a dam was made around there to prevent the Biei people from the volcanic hazard.
After the construction of the dam, the water was gradually gathering at the outside of the dam, making a pond with blue water.

There are some opinions explaining why the water is blue,
however, the exact mechanism is not fully understood.


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The mount asahi two weeks ago.

I took the picture when I was returning from Higashikawa after having lunch at pitza-tei. The high temperature of the day was 20 to 25 ℃ and it was a sunny day. Yet, it seems that much snow remains on the mount-asahi.

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Asahikawa – part 4 –

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X-E1, XF35mm, f/11, 1/1000, ISO 400, +1.3, Trimmed and retouched

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X-E1, XF35mm, F/1.4, 1/56, -0.7, ISO400


Last Sunday, me and my wife went to one of cafes in Asahikawa, “RIM cafe”, for having a coffee and reading a book.


The RIM cafe is located along the road to the Asahiyama zoo. It will take more than 30 min by car to get there from the Asahikawa station, especially in winter season. (You will get there approximately 10 min before arriving at the zoo.)


The light in the cafe was a little bit dim, but not too dim to read a book. Although the cafe does not have lots of menus, the coffee and parfait that we had ordered were very delicious. Because the cafe has a relaxed atmosphere, it will be good place for relaxing and reading a book.


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A suspension bridge

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X-E1, XF35mm, F13, -0.7, 1/1200


A suspension bridge that is the nearest bridge from my apartment.

Sometimes we can see a beautiful view of the Asahi-dake (Asahi mountain) on this bridge.

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The weather of this winter in Asahikawa is;

heavy snow in December,

cloudy with occational snow in this month (average as usual).

In general  the most forecasted winter weather in Asahikawa is “cloudy with occasional snow”. But during the day of its weather, sun and blue sky can be seen.

If you like the sunny day, you had better go out even when the weather forecast says that the day is “cloudy with occasional snow” during visiting of Asahikawa !

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Me and my wife went to the sale of the SEIBU Department store in Asahikawa.

The roadway to the SEIBU was in pretty bad conditions owing to the recent heavy snow. It took twice as long for me and my wife to get to the SEIBU !!

To our joy, at the SEIBU, clothing goods were sold at a discount of 20 to 30 % off the price !!

So I got a sweater and a pair of pants.

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