The pictures below are taken from the observatory. Each can be enlarged by clicking them.
This shows Mt. Hakodate in the middle.
Mt. Komagatake and Lake Onuma can be seen in this picture.
At the observatory, you can find statues of Bodhisattvas, buddhist statues which were donated by local pioneers.
You can see Benten Fort in the photo below. A pentagonal fort used to be in the Hakodate harbor.
You can see Mt. Komagatake, too.
In the next photo, you can find so many masts of sailing boats.
Has the coast line of the Omori beach changed?
The photo below was takes at the intersection of Yachimanzaka Slope.
A curator there taught me that you couldn't find anyone in these photos because of the shutter speed.
If you are interested in Ainu people, this museum is must see. You can see beautiful clothes and utensils they used there. The Ainu are indigenous people living by hunting and fishing and had developed their unique culture until the immigration of Japanese. Through the things displayed at this museum, you can learn a lot about not only the Ainu but other northern people who lived north of Hokkaido.
Before, shooting photos was only allowed limited area, but recently you are allowed to take pictures in any exhibition rooms. But please refrain from flashing.
The costumes below are my favorites. They were used by a northern people called Wilta.
Address: 21-7 Suehiro-cho, Hakodate
Access: 1 minute-walk from Suehiro-cho streetcar stop
Open : 9:00~19:00(April-October), 9:00~17:00(November-March)
Close: December 31 through January 3
Closed days for fiscal year 2008: Please refer to the following site.
Admission: 300yen for adult 150yen for student
Combination Tickdet offers a little discount.
No parking space, but there is a pay car park across the street. 200yen par hour.
Web site: http://www.zaidan-hakodate.com/hoppominzoku/min.htm
The building was built in 1926 as the Hakodate Branch of the Nippon Bank. Now it functions as a museum which displays various important things related to the Ainu, one of the Northern peoples who have been lived in Hokkaido.
If you ask at the reception, a person in charge instruct you how to cut out a beautiful design from a piece of paper.
This activity takes about 15 minutes and if you have time, how about joining this workshop?
You will be requested to choose a design you like and then, put the paper pattern on a piece of paper and cut out the design.
The design you cut out can be used pasting on boxes or other things.
I've made a pillow using one of these designs and Hawaiian Quilt's technique;)
Mukkuri is a simple musical instrument made of bamboo and similar to a Jew's harp. Mukkuri has been used by Hokkaido's indigenous people, Ainu.
It takes about 90 minutes to make a mukkuri and to learn how to play it. I'd like to show our mukkuri making experience here. You can enlarge all pictures here by clicking them.
When we arrived at a room, all the things were ready.
On the white board, it says how to make a mukkuri and the procedure is only three steps.
The first step is to slice the red colored valve to 1 mm thick. It was the hardest step.
The second step is to cut the side of a mukkuri.
The sides must be smoothed because they are touched to your lips.
The last step is to thread strings and all the things are done!
Mukkuri making needs one hour and half and you are requested to pay 500yen additionally to the admission of the museum, 300yen. Reservation is also needed. If you don't have time but are interested in mukkuri, you can buy them at the museum shop. Or you can try another workshop of cutting out various designs used by nothern peoples. Here below is one of them;)
This is a design used by Uilta, the other northen people.
If you are interested in making mukkuri with an English speaking guide, feel free to have a contact with me, to aquitito_gmail. com ;D. Please change underline to @ when you send a message.