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Trip Report We're all going on a Hokkaido Holiday

Discussion in 'Japan' started by Telemark Phat, Feb 22, 2020.

  1. skifree

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    Over Watched by Our Guardian Angel Tanuki.
     
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    A Message From My Cushion Tonight.
     
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    Sake & Baseball & 50 Years of Robatatu Smoke on the Ceiling.
     
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    Ramenman One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    A bit more about Tanuki (sorry, I try to make it short to avoid contaminating this great thread). Japan have a lot of tanuki related traditional culture. Japan has many traditional good luck / guardian statues, and one of them is Tanuki. Especially, Tanuki is used for Izakaya and sake related business. If I mention history, it can be long, so won't write about it but you see a lot of Tanuki statues are holding Tokkuri = traditional sake bottle. You see 八 on the bottle. The kanji means 8. Traditionally, 8 is a very good number for Japan and it is said Tanuki has 8 good luck items and body parts (Tokkuri = the traditional sake bottle, the traditional hat, big belly, big balls, etc are one of 8).
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    A lot of good luck Tanuki statues are Shigaraki wares(= it's a type of traditional stoneware pottery made in Shigaraki area, Japan). Why Shigaraki ware is used?. It also has a historical reason (it's sake history related too), but I omit it to make this post short. I just add a link about Shigaraki ware.

    About Shigaraki ware : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shigaraki_ware

    Shigaraki area is famous for Ninja as well. So some good luck Tanuki statues are wearing Ninja costumes too. This Ninja Tanuki statue is carrying a Katana instead of Tokkuri (traditional sake bottle).
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    amazon (especially Japanese one) sell quite many different Tanuki statues (more than 200). This one is with an owl and it's because owl is also traditionally considered as a guardian / good luck charm in Japan.
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    Edit:
    About Kasa (the traditional hat, which most Tanuki statues are also wearing) : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kasa_(hat)
     
  7. LMB

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    Tanuki SAN!
    I’ve been obsessed by them since I had one run in front of my car on a drive to Chitose last year. He was a bit special tho - tried to jump the snow bank/fence to get to Lake Shikotsu and smacked himself into the railing - repeatedly.
     
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    100 Yen Pieces Falling From Sky.
     
  9. skifree

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    A Gloopy Rest Day.
     
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    I Never Tire Of These Visions.


    So you just have too put up wiff em.
     
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    Some One Opened The Gate.
     
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    Ha ha!
    Never considered that.
    But I think a covered one was also installed in Thredbo at FF recently...IIRC. Shall have to double check in a few months.
     
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    Falls creek has had a covered one for years or is it two. Ahead of their time......
     
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    Just more luxurious than other Oz resorts.:thumbs:
     
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    A Warmer Day, Views Are Possible.
     
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    It’s Saturday & the Place is Busy. A Lot of Tele About. Including this pose of Army chaps skiing there Army issue kit in Civvies.
     
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    Chased the Army boys up the Pizza Box, they made me go in front & I lost them.
     
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    The Line between BC & Inbounds is getting very blurred here at Niseko. They have groomed a 30M wide track between the Boundary & All it’s Warning Signs and The Peak. That is provided a fully groomed track outside the Boundary.
     
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    love the shots Skifree - honestly, come April, you could hold a slide show for all the Oz 2019/20 Central Honshu skiers and there’d barely be a dry eye in the house.

    Have you thought of getting into (Hokkaido) tourism next year?
    Only semi-joking (;-)

    (hi from a lovely mild & sunny Mt Buller! BTW. MTN bike city this weekend! )
     
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    We did not quite see Yotei Zan today, maybe tomoroz.
     
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    Forest & Sleeping Volcano #1.




    Forest & Sleeping Volcano #2.
     
  24. skifree

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    White Room of the Wrong Kind uptop today.

    And a tad breezy.
     
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    Ooo Look, Trees. :)
     
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    Into the Light Grey Room and the Better Snow Of The Day.
     
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    And You Know Who had a look in.
     
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    Spring Is Here.
     
  29. skifree

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    Now we rarely boor yoo with food pics but tonight we cannot help but say you lot missed out on some very very good sushi followed by by even better scallops (surprise they are not potatoes but seafood, hard too believe I know but we experienced the evidence) for desert.
     
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    Back to Regular Programming.
     
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    Ta Ta Ta Daaaa.
     
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    Pizza Box run in the Clear & Nice Combed Surface. Was faaaastt.

    Oh & we can see the peak Nisekoan Nupuri.
     
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    Ripping groomers!!!
    Noice!
     
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    One Final Look at the Big Gurls Blouse as I the dog & toad to Home.
     
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    One Bus Ride Down.
     
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    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    Where to now?
     
  37. skifree

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    To Chitose on the Second (and bigger) Bus.
     
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    Another bus.
     
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    Welcome home
     
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    Ta muchly.:cool::thumbs:

    Almost home, another bus to go.
     
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    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    Thanks for sharing your Hokkaido adventure with us guys! Was a great trip to hitch a ride with. :thumbs:
     
  43. skifree

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    I left @Telemark Phat there and so hand the baton wholly over to him to continue this report.
     
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    Well...he better not let us down then
     
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    I’m too lazy to like your multitude of photos @skifree but I enjoyed your whole trip immensely.
     
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  47. skifree

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    Hopefully this is the last bus ride to get home.
     
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    See you next time boys. Hope the zombie apocalypse doesn't get you.
     
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    Home Sweet Home.
     
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