Monthly Archives: Wednesday August 31st, 2011

31.8.2011 Hokkaido

Arriving in Hakodate, I found myself quickly drawn into a conversation with a fish vendor along the way, who asked me what I was doing here. We talked for a while, and she told me that the Tsunami in March also hit Hakodate (pics. 2, 3 and 4), a fact I had not known. Before … Continue reading »

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30.8.2011 Hokkaido

Even though the sky was overcast today, I still felt the heat and the moisture of the season very much, most likely because of the upcoming typhoon. After I had a Ramen noodle soup, quenching my craving for salt, I longed for a hot bath. As I went along the route, I passed a Tako … Continue reading »

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29.8.2011 Hokkaido

In the morning I took an early start, but made a stop a few kilometers onwards in an Onsen for a relaxing hot bath. Fresh and a recovered I departed then into the direction of Mori. Along the coast I saw many fisherman drying Kombu in the sun. Kombu is sea weed, which you can … Continue reading »

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28.8.2011 Hokkaido

28th August: Today I had been walking for only two kilometers, when I heard a child’s voice crying „Ganbatte kudasai!“ right behind me. I turned around, and saw a young boy coming up to me. He handed me an ice-cold energy drink, and said: “Here, for you, and have a good trip!” His parents had … Continue reading »

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27.8.2011 Hokkaido

After the hike from Sapporo to Oshamanbe I was quite exhausted, and so I took a rest day in Oshamanbe. It was quiet, and the sun came out. A stroll through the village, some Udon noodle soup and Hokkaido soft ice cream were exactly the right thing for me. I enjoyed it, looking forward to … Continue reading »

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26.8.2011 Hokkaido

When I got up early this morning, I had a cup of tea, and enjoyed a relaxing hot bath at Shiosai Onsen – a terrific start for the new day. I had hardly walked one kilometer when I realized that I was not well prepared. If I had had a closer look on the map … Continue reading »

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25.8.2011 Hokkaido

This morning I got treated to a delicious breakfast. Thereafter, I talked for a while with the owner family, and then, after a last souvenir photo, I set out for Toyoura. The rain lasted until the late afternoon. But in spite of the bad weather, today’s route was very interesting, during today’s hike I saw … Continue reading »

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24.8.2011 Hokkaido

This morning I said good-bye to Kazu-san, who had set up his tent next to mine the night before. He is on the same trip than me, also on foot, so maybe we will meet again on another day or occasion (picture 2). Today’s hike I called melon hike, because along the way I saw … Continue reading »

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23.8.2011 Hokkaido

I knew that today would not be an easy day for me! On Sunday I had been watching a documentary on TV about bears in Hokkaido (pics. 2 and 3). After that, I was at least well informed, and therefore, the first thing I did the next morning before starting, was to attach the bear … Continue reading »

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22.8.2011 Hokkaido

This morning at 9:00 a.m. I was met in the hotel lobby by several people, representatives from the Japan Tourism Agency, the Ministry of Land Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, the Ramada Hotel, the Hokkaido Shinbun Newspaper. We discussed the project “Walking through Japan” for about half an hour, I received generous presents, and then all … Continue reading »

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