Thursday, September 16, 2010

Aomori ・ Hakodate - Day 3 (Hakodate 3 Hour Tour) / 青森・函館 ‐ 三日目 (函館市内ツアー)

Our Hakodate City Tour is off to its last spot - Takuboku Park and the Hijikata Takuboku Roman-kan. Well, I can fairly say that most of my American readers wouldn't know who these two people are - I certainly didn't. First, there is Takuboku Ishikawa who was a famous poet and teacher and was also known to have written in a letter, "When I die, I wish to die in Hakodate."  There is also a short film shown about the life of Takuboku. The other person is Toshizo Hijikata, a member of the Shinsengumi (a special police force of the late Shogunate period - according to Wikipedia).


Hijikata/Takuboku Roman-kan / 土方・啄木浪漫館

Takuboku's students / 啄木先生の生徒たち

Takuboku gets a transfer student / 啄木先生のクラスに転校生がやってきた

Statue of Takuboku Ishikawa / 石川啄木の像

This may look like another building related to the Hijikata/Takuboku Roman-kan, but if you look closely at the sign in the middle of this building, you would realize it is a public toilet!


Uh...nope, I can't read it so no translation.

Oops, looks too small to read in Japanese / あれ、ちょっと日本語でも読むにくいですね

I could only read parts of this, so once again, my American readers are forced to see this without a translation. I can translate the first two lines - "The Sea of the North, the color of rainbow" but that's about it.

The Hijikata/Takuboku Roman-kan is located right along the ocean where you can get a great view of Hakodateyama.


On a clear day, you can see Aomori Prefecture across the Tsugaru Strait / 晴れた日に青森県も見えます

Kind of artsy don't you think with the lone girl walking along the beach / 自分のお気に入りの写真、なんだか女性一人がビーチを歩くのが魅力的じゃない?

My sister walking along the beach / ビーチで散歩する妹

Tomorrow we head back to Aomori and will watch Aomori Prefecture's most famous festival, the Nebuta Festival.


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