Our necessity in winter

Hi Do you know what this machine is? This is our necessity...it's snowplow! Let's start up the engine! He is Mr.Ishida. (He pulled up the weeds in summer:))

WOW! Lot of snows are flying!!:-O

He continued walking...

So beautiful:)

The snows were taken away!


Talking of Japanese winter...


I don't know why, Japanese people eat mandarin orange in winter. I got mandarin orange from Ms.Saimu:) (tourist information staff)

Talking of Japanese winter, Japanese people like to eat mandarin with family at Kotatsu.

Kotatsu...Table with an electric heater attached to the underside. This table has Futon (Japanese blanket) so, when you come in the Kotatsu, you will feel warm and comfortable.



Udon and Earthen pot

It's cold in these days.
I have recommended food in cold season.
The name is ... "Nabeyaki-Udon".
I think Udon is quite famous food all over the world because when I stayed in foreign country, I saw Udon at many places. Not only at Japanese restaurant but also at supermarket.
However, have you ever try Udon with small earthen pot?
Usually, when we enjoy Udon, we eat it with the bowl, but "Nabeyaki-Udon" is different.
Please look at this photo...↓↓

I ate this "Nabeyaki-Udon"at "Misono-ice cream". (This restaurant is located on Miyako-shopping street. It takes less than 5 minutes from Otaru station by walk.)

You might thought it's interesting because this is "Ice cream shop".
"Misono-ice cream" is a first ice cream shop in Hokkaido.
Ice cream have been really popular sweet for a long time in Hokkaido.
But Hokkaido becomes really cold in winter so, the master of "Misono-ice cream" has started serving not only ice cream but also winter menus.
Among these menus, this "Nabeyaki-Udon" became so famous.
You can enjoy some kinds of veges with it.
It's so hot but sooooo yummy!!!
I'd like you to try "Nabeyaki-Udon"!!!


Pretty snowman

Hello, how are ya? There are not so much snow this year but somebody (probably tourist from foreign country) has left really cute snowman in front of our tourist information. His eyes and hands were made from nut(?) and twigs. He is cute, isn't he???


Tasting Party! ♯2 ~Sushi~


I'll give you great information to eat delicious SUSHI in Otaru.

I've posted about the cream puff event before and a Sushi event will be held at the same time.(11/12/2010~19/12/2010)

This is precious chance because you can enjoy eight kinds of sushi for 1,000 yen during this event at six sushi restaurants.

Sushi restaurant list

Nakaichi, Iso sushi, Tatsumi sushi, Fuji sushi, Kitano ryouba, Fuku sushi

"Tatsumi sushi" joined the tasting party and we could try some of their sushi.

These sushi were only 1,000 yen though every sushi was sooooo nice.

The master of "Tatsumi sushi" said at the tasting party, "I don't want to lose to Sushi train. Everyone might think Japanese sushi restaurant's sushi must be expensive. That's why, I wanted to change their opinion into 'The price of sushi is reasonable moreover delicious.' We did our best."

Each six restaurants have four same kinds of sushi and other four sushi will be respective features. (Tuna, abalone, sea urchin and so on.)

Every sushi restaurant is located on Skaimachi street. (It takes about 20 minutes on foot from Otaru station.)

We're looking forward to seeing you with delicious SUSHI!!!

Tasting Party!♯1~Cream puff~

Hello I joined a tasting party yesterday!! This party was held at ..."LeTAO"! :) ↓↓

It was snowy day yesterday, but many people gathered.

This tasting party was held for Bloggers in Otaru.

Actually, some cake shops and Sushi restaurants will have special menu for a Christmas event named "Otaru Long Christmas".

These cake shops will bake wonderful cream puffs during 11/12/2010~19/12/2010.

Cake shop list

LeTAO, Otaru Amatou, Yukijirushi parlor, Kitakarou, Gin no kane

We could have a talk with confectioners face to face. I'll show you some cream puffs.

LeTAO 6 tastes cream puffs...1,000 yen

You can enjoy 6 kinds of tastes with this cream puff.

Plain cream, chocolate, pistachio, sesame, cheese and caramel

LeTAO Swan puff...210 yen

This is quite filling puff and shaped like swan! It's cute, isn't it?

Amatou Cookie puff...260 yen

This puff has rare cream, bean paste. Amatou has a popular menu, named "Cream Zenzai".

Cream zenzai is a Japanese sweet which has bean paste, soft serve ice cream and sweet rice cake.

Amatou Christmas fruit puff...1,000 yen

You can enjoy many kinds of fruits.

Not only fruits but also macadamia nuts and almond covered with sweet.

Gin no kane Otaru long long puff...800 yen

This 'Long' puff is baked for Otaru 'Long' Christmas.

It has 5 taste. Custard cream, caramel, chocolate, strawberry and Camembert cheese.

I will post about tasting party of Sushi next time.

I couldn't show you other 2 puffs baked by 【Yukijirushi parlor】and 【Kitakarou】 but their puffs also must be beautiful so...



Floating glass tree

Hi, how are you ?? I'll show you rare Christmas tree today. Please look at this photo

It's lovely, isn't is??

Actually this Christmas tree is made from floating glass.

We are holding a event now, that's named "Otaru long Christmas".

This floating glass tree is one of features at this event.

You can see it at Canal plaza.

"Otaru long Christmas" is quite important event for us and another event "Otaru snow light path" is also special for us.

We float about 300 "floating glass" on the Otaru canal during "Otaru snow light path".

This floating glass tree is made from those floating glass.

When "Otaru snow light path" is held next february, these floating glass will be used for the event.

Please come to Otaru to see it!! :)