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Barry Ashworth

1968年オーストラリア生まれ。国際的に広告写真を手がけている写真家。
彼のポートフォリオは「自然の理に受け継がれていく物の美しさ」を表現する事に成功している。 国際的にも評価され Time Life, Black & White, BBC News をはじめとする出版物で紹介されている。 2008年から札幌在住。

Born in Australia in 1968. He has worked as a commercial and documentary photographer internationally for many years. His photographs reflect his depth of visual understanding and awareness of the beauty inherited in the subjects he photographs. His work has been featured internationally in many publications, including Time Life, Black & White, the BBC News.
He has lived in Sapporo since 2008.

Yosakoi Soran Festival fun for the whole family

家族とよさこいソーラン祭りに行ってきました。

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さんが6月17日に投稿。

Barry Ashworth wrote this on Jun 17

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I went to Odori Park to enjoy the Yosakoi Soran Festival with my family last night. We go there every year and get goose bumps every time!  It is amazing to see the dance teams comprised of students, workers, homemakers (among others), dancing so passionately and spreading joy with their big smiles.  The dancing gives me energy and sometimes tears, because I’m so impressed.  I can’t imagine the time and the effort each dancer has invested for the wonderful performances.

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Another attraction of heading down to Odori Park for Yosakoi is the food! There are all kinds of delicious foods from all over Hokkaido.  There might be the same shops and restaurants compared to other festivals, but this is another chance to try other foods you missed at the last event.  There are menu items normally only available in certain cities/ towns, amongst the typical festival foods.  We enjoyed our dinner with a draft beer at a table, while the kids played on the lawn beside us.  It’s great to eat outside and enjoy the beginning of summer!

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Yosakoi Soran Festival is over for this year, but I recommend everyone to go out and see the people dance again next year.  It is an unique kind of entertainment and a fun experience for everyone!  Sure, staying home and watching the events on TV may provide a better view, but the dynamic atmosphere of seeing it in person makes dealing with all the crowds worthwhile.

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Bike riding to Takino Suzuran Hillside National Park

滝野すずらん公園へ自転車で行く

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さんが6月5日に投稿。

Barry Ashworth wrote this on Jun 5

Riding my bike to Takino Suzuran Park is not only good exercise but a great was to see something different! “Takino” is a place name, and “suzuran” means “lily of the valley”, which is an official flower of Sapporo. I’ve been there many times by car but never on my bike. On the way to Takino Park, I dropped in at Ishiyama Green Space.

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The Ishiyama area in the Minami-ku of Sapporo was formerly known for producing Sapporo nanseki, which was used as a building material. Ishiyama Green Space is a park that was formerly a quarry for Sapporo nanseki. It is located along National Road 453, which leads to Lake Shikotsu, and divided into North and South blocks. Ishiyama Ryokuchi is a unique park built on a former quarry of a sand stone called Sapporo soft stone “nanseki” and is now the home for unique land art pieces.

 

Next I went to Sapporo Art Park – Sapporo Art Park holds various exhibitions and the outdoor museum is a great place to enjoy art. There are also places to practice theatrical acting and music, it is a relaxing park and not just a place to observe art, but also a place to create art.

 

Next, I rode to Takino Reien, a very mysterious place bigger than Tokyo Disneyland, with a larger than life row of Moai statues equipped with prayer wheels which have the feel that you have been transported to Easter Island.

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My next stop was Ashiribetu Falls in Takino Suzuran Hillside National Park One of the waterfalls was selected as one of the best “Hundred Waterfalls of Japan”. Here you can come closer to the falls and enjoy a splash of cold water!

 

The park area spreads over 395.7 hectares. If you drive you rent a bicycle for (310 yen for 2 hours) to ride around the park. The picture above shows the rental bicycle shop in the park and “Kinotan”, the mascot of the park and you can see Kinotan here and there in the park.

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Hokkaido, where the last cherry blossoms bloom.

桜の開花が一番最後の北海道

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さんが5月12日に投稿。

Barry Ashworth wrote this on May 12

One of the best times of the year for me in Sapporo is early May when we are able to watch the cherry blossom trees bloom and have hanami (flower viewing) parties with friends.  Relaxing with your favourite beverage and having a BBQ is the perfect way to enjoy these beautiful trees blooming and as they will only last about a week it is a great time to reflect on the seasons that have past.

You can hold your own hanami anywhere you choose, but if you’re planning on going to a well-known spot, plan to go early because the prime places are often taken very early in the morning!  Which means I normally go early and ask a friend who doesn’t mind some quiet, early morning meditation to join me under the cherry trees. We stake out our blue tarp and get a good space well before the party really starts.

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The best places to see cherry blossoms in Sapporo are Maruyama Park, Hokkaido Shrine and Moerenuma Park.

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The Kingdom Sweets

スイーツの王国

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さんが3月20日に投稿。

Barry Ashworth wrote this on Mar 20

In Japanese the word for confectionery or sweets, okashi (お菓子), originally referred to just fruits and nuts. Wagashi (和菓子) is a traditional Japanese sweet, served with tea, especially the types made of mochi (餅) which is rice pounded into a paste and bean paste (anko) often mixed with fruits. In the old days, China learned from India how to produce sugar and began trading it to Japan. As trade increased sugar became a common seasoning and during the Edo period the creation of wagashi took off.

 

But hay, this is the 21st century and this is Sapporo, the Sweets Kingdom of Japan. With all the colors, flavors and smells that this great island of Hokkaido has to offer what better place to be.

 

We are lucky in Sapporo to have four seasons and a city that is indeed rich with all the freshness Hokkaido has to offer. So now as we move into spring, I thought that it was time to indulge my sweet tooth into some of the delicious cakes and sweets that can be found in one of the many hotels, bistros, restaurants, bakeries, and cafés in and around Sapporo.

Wow, that is a mouthful and I haven’t gotten to the cake yet.

 

Every year around this time, the Sapporo Sweets Competition is held with the theme of “the best taste that represents Sapporo” using Hokkaido ingredients. This is a battle, putting some of Sapporo best “pâtissières” talents against each other in a true iron chef competition. So I thought that the Sapporo Sweets Cafe would be a good place to visit because every month, they feature luxurious desserts and sweets from different bakeries all across Hokkaido and five of Sapporo top cake stores which means you can visit and re-visit, again and again and still be trying new desserts!

 

Who said you couldn’t have your cake and eat it too.

 

Because it is March, traditionally cherry blossom season in Japan, I chose the “mousse cake Sakura” which has a textured sweetness and calming scent of subtle cherry blossom trees, it was so good and in my opinion the best! But with so many to choose from it is hard to settle on just one.

In Australia, because of high temperatures throughout the year, it is difficult to get fresh cream cakes, but in Sapporo with an abundance of fresh produce so nearby, City and Nature combine to make it the sweets kingdom. Hokkaido’s cool climate is perfect for producing dairy, sugar, and wheat, materials perfect for making sweets.

 

I often hear both locals and visitors to Sapporo say, “Let’s go to eat something delicious”,  and if you are seeking a gastronomical journey into fresh food and delicious sweets, Sapporo is the best of the best, a true heaven for the sweetness in all of us.

 

 

 

 

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