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Statue by Lake Toya

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Picture by The BBG.
23rd Oct 2006, 12:13   | tags:,comments (0)

Lake Toya boat ride

First picture by me (because I'm a sucker for rubbish wordplay), all the rest by The BBG.

And I Said, 'What About Breakfast At Seikomart?'

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Contents of a convenience store picnic breakfast: hard boiled eggs, cheese, orange juice, coffee, ingeniously wrapped rice balls where the seaweed doesn't come into contact with the rice until the exact moment of unwrapping (unless you bollocks it up like I do), and a peculiar jam butty with jam in the middle and butter on one side of the outside.
23rd Oct 2006, 12:10   | tags:,comments (0)

Deeppresso

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You know the sort of coffee that perks you up? Well, this is the other sort. Spotted in the vending machine at Hotel Kawanami.
22nd Oct 2006, 11:27   | tags:,comments (0)

Showashinzan, Toyako Onsen

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Toyako Onsen is a naturally volcanic region, but it still came as a surprise when a totally new volcano emerged out of the ground between 1943 and 1945. The progress of Showashinzan, as it was named, was plotted by amateur vulcanologist Masao Mimatsu, who's the guy in the statue. Pictures 2 and 4 by The BBG.

Volcano Science Museum, Toyako Onsen

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Mount Usu caused a fair amount of damage to Toyako Onsen when it erupted back in 2000, but amazingly no lives were lost. This museum tells the story. Picture 1 by The BBG.

Here Be Dragons

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Map of Lake Toya (the dragon is the local symbol for the area) and the lake itself. Picture 2 by The Belated Birthday Girl.

Summer nights in Toyako Onsen

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Two regular events take place every night in Toyako Onsen during the summer, as advertised in the first picture. There's a firework display on the lake, the cue for endless futile attempts to capture it using a cameraphone. And before the fireworks, there's a rather fun circle dance in the harbour - there are only six steps involved, and everyone can join in.
22nd Oct 2006, 11:24   | tags:,comments (0)