Dear ICHIROYA newsletter readers,
Hello, how are you doing? This is Mituse writing.
It's already March, and I feel spring smell from trees and flowers. March 3rd is the day called 'Hina-matsuri'(doll's festival), and we cerebrate girls wishing their wellness and growth. A set of 'Hina dolls' are displayed representing the Emperor, Empress, attendants, and musicians in traditional court dress of the Heian period(794-1192) with 'Momo' (peach blossom). The photo shows a traditional decoration displayed at a classical Japanese restaurant. Awesome!!
The end of January, I had a great experience! I attended aurora viewing tour with my friend in Yellow Knife, Northwest Territories of Canada. With three diamond mines, it is also known as the Diamond Capital of North America. Yellowknife is a small town of about 18,000 people located on the shore of Great Slave Lake. (46 times of Japanese largest Biwako lake)
We could enjoyed aurora every nights during the 4 days stay. We wore thick and heavy special jacket and pants, and put boots like a space suit.
At 10:00 pm, a tour bus picked us from our hotel for about 30 minutes drive to a mountain where the lights of town cannot reach. And we stayed in the mountain lodge until 3:00 am having hot drinks and snacks. The temperature of outside was down to -40 ℃ (-104F)! I've never experienced such a ever cold even in the skiing mountain. My eyelashes and fore hair were frozen and turned to white. My friend could see nothing with her frozen glasses. At daytime, an electric board on the street showed -21 ℃.
Aurora was sooooo splendid moving smoothly like a curtain, and sometimes it lighted lower sky which is full of stars. I was lying on snowed ground and the watching the panorama of the sky including shooting stars. I wanted to stay longer.
I also enjoyed Alaskan Husky Dog Sledding! The friendly dogs are well educated and they know the way we are heading for. A guide taught me how to control the sled, and I tried by myself for about 20 minutes. It was easy, or I'd better to say the smart dogs worked very well. Some people say the dogs are so pity, but I heard they are happy to run in cold field. When I said 'Thank you!' to the dogs, they seemed to want to run more.
Next I enjoyed fishing on the iced lake. During winter, cars and bus are running on the lake, but the speed is limited. A guide dug 2 holes on thick iced lake and put poles with net beneath the ice. When we pull up the net, fish came out and freeze instantly. That was amazing! Some are so big and heavy. After we backed to our cabin, a staff cooked them for us. Uuuum, delicious!
Today, I'd like to introduce you our items which show an image of aurora.