International Exchange Party
- 2013年07月26日 14:26
- カテゴリ：from Hokkaido JaLS
Over 100 people recently attended an International Exchange Party at Fantasista Darts Bar in Susukino organised by Hokkaido JaLS.
The party was comprised of students studying at Hokkaido JaLS as well as local Japanese people. This gave students the opportunity to speak Japanese in a fun environment outside of the classroom.
Attendees were treated to a choice of free drink on entry and various snacks and treats were available throughout the night for all to eat including “Umai Bou” (tasty stick!)
The students made friends with lots of Japanese people over drinks and had a great time.
Watch out for our next party which will be a barbecue in Monami Park, Moiwa. Look out for it on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/#!/hokkaido.jals
On Saturday, students of Hokkaido JaLS, volunteers and Sapporo locals went to Furano to see the lavender fields, which rose to fame through their appearance on a popular TV show. Beautiful views, great weather and even better company: it was lots of fun!
The day started off with the bus ride to the lavender fields, about two to three hours’ drive from Sapporo. Along the way we stopped off at the cheese-, milk- and ice cream-making factory, where we had the opportunity to look at the cheese-making process, taste freshly made ice cream and even milk a (fake) cow.
After half an hour we boarded the bus again, and after getting stuck in a traffic jam (which lead to great hilarity and new friendships being formed over the question if it would be faster to walk or drive) we made it to the first lavender fields. The view was beautiful: purple flowers for a good hundred meters, if not more, with big rainbow-coloured bands of blossoms stretching the other way. After taking a group picture, we headed off to eat lunch (teriyaki hamburgers for most of us, with the odd slice of melon and perhaps a cup of lavender-flavoured ice cream) and wander around in groups for an hour or two.
After those two hours we boarded the bus again, this time headed for Biei to see another flower farm. This particular one happened to have an alpaca farm, a small quad-riding area and a lot of tractors besides rows and rows of different types of flowers. The tractors especially provided an extra layer of entertainment, with many students posing and lounging on them. The flowers were indeed quite beautiful, and since the farm was positioned on top of a hill, the flower fields cascaded down which lead to great views of the surrounding area. By that time the sun seemed to have really reached its peak and most people slowly but surely started to seek shelter in the shade while enjoying yet another ice cream or a bottle of guarana, which is probably best described as a sweeter Hokkaido crossover version of Coca cola and Redbull. A leisurely hour was spent here before we boarded the bus again to drive to our last stop of the trip: the Blue Pond.
The Blue Pond was a stop many weren’t expecting, but it definitely was a case of ‘last but not least’. The name is a bit of a giveaway – the pond is indeed bright blue, with lots of tree stumps sticking out while being reflected at the same time. Combined with the view of the surrounding mountains, it was a stunning ending to the Furano trip.
A few hours later, we drove into Sapporo after a long but fun day, with camera’s filled with new pictures. Come and join us next time!
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Hoheikyo canoeing and Onsen!
- 2013年07月18日 16:11
- カテゴリ：from Hokkaido JaLS
Some of the students went on a trip to Hoheikyo which lies just outside Sapporo to the west. The trip to Hoheikyo took less than two hours by bus. It was a lovely sunny day in which they travelled down the Toyohira river by canoe.
The Toyohira river is 72.5km long and provides the water supply for the city of Sapporo. It also powers the Hoheikyo dam which generates electricity. The scenery in the area was fantastic and they travelled under a famous bridge before reaching the top of a waterfall.
The students had a short break in which they drank delicious Chai tea which was provided by the guide. Chai tea originates from Southern Asia and contains cardamom, ginger, and other spices.
Once the canoe adventure had finished the next stop was Houheikyo onsen. This onsen is very natural and the water comes directly from under the ground. It features both an indoors and outside onsen and has a beautiful natural atmosphere. The onsen can be enjoyed at any time of the year and is especially popular in the winter when the surrounding landscape is covered in snow.
One unique aspect of this onsen is that it contains a restaurant which is famous in Japan for its high quality Indian cuisine. The students enjoyed a delicious Indian curry before returning back to Sapporo.
“The canoe trip took place in a beautiful landscape with great views of the mountains of Hokkaido. Afterwards the onsen provided a relaxing environment after a busy day” – Jonas Soesch (Switzerland)
“It was a really fun day out and I recommend it to anybody staying in Sapporo. I want to come back and try the onsen in the winter when the area is covered in snow.” – Freddie Coleman (England)
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