Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Hokkaido, ice, japan

Hokkaido has been divided into 14 roughly As can be seen from this photograph.
Is just a red color this Sapporo is a city in Hokkaido maximum.
There is a feature that region each of these 14 is different from the other regions.
I think it necessary to go after examining in advance when you go on a trip to Hokkaido natural environment to be seen or have those specialties in each region because will be different.
Place of my recommended is a region of green in the center in this.
There is a large Asahikawa city second only to Sapporo to this place.
You can enjoy many places to be shopping for this Asahikawa.
You can also enjoy eating the specialty of Regions Foods around the country because the flock.
You can also admire the beautiful nature of many natural environment even though the excellentfurther.

Nature of Hokkaido
pond, biei townThis pond is in a  Biei town .  There is Biei town at the center in Hokkaido. 
Many tourists visit in this pond every year .
A SIROHIGE waterfall and BIEI river were mixed and this blue pond was made .
The photograph of the blue pond was adopted as one of 15 kinds of the wallpaper of OS X Mountain Lion of an  apple company put on the market in July, 2012.The staff of the apple company extolled it as "This photograph of this pond is the most beautiful in the world." 
Having been impressed when my went to a blue pond is that the trees which have groes up from the pond, 
  and the scene which blue water begins to make were very visionary. 

Shimukappu Village

Shimukappu Village is one of the coldest areas in Hokkaido, the northernmost island of Japan. There is a big resort called “ALPHA RESORT” in Tomamu, Shimukappu.It’s not unusual this time of year for days to get severely cold with temperatures below -20?. Visitors from all over the world are attracted to witness the best snow conditions being made by the coldness. Even if you are not a skier nor a snowboader, you can enjoy all other kinds of winter activities in the facilities around the mountain. They boast the world’s highest twin skyscrapers in a mountainous region, which maybe you’ve heard about.
However, it is not well known that a fantastic space, with a scholar’s idea and engineers’ skill, coupled with Tomamu’s temperature was also lurking in this resort. In fact, the space has been developed over the last 9 years, but they just started emphasizing the space from this season as the highlight of “ALPHA RESORT”. We visited the space where ice domes are clusterd, “Ice Village”. It was the day that begins the coldest time of the year called “DAIKAN” in Japanese. To the coldest village on the coldest day!
The “Ice Village” opens, filled with sparkling illuminations at 5 pm after sunset when it gets colder and colder. Aiming to make the opening time, we took a JR line. Tomamu was less than an hour and half away from Sapporo. The place was closer and easier to access than we had expected. Soon after we arrived at Tomamu Station, the resort was extending in front of our eyes. As a free pickup bus runs in the train’s arrival time, you don’t need to wait nor lose the way to the resort’s area you will visit.
What is the most special feature of this “Ice Village” in Tomamu among that there are many festivals with snow and ice artworks during the winter months in Hokkaido? It’s in an original architectural technique of the huge ice domes being scattered about the small village. Researched and developed by Tsutomu Kokawa who teaches at Hokkaido Tokai University, it became possible to build huge ice domes which are also safe and easy. The place where it meets this possible requirement best was Tomamu in winter, where it gets severly cold and keeps minus temperatures even in the daytime.
Spraying ice and snow on a big balloon with vinyl sheets and ropes, and making the ice wall grow. That is the original technique. Using this technicue and in a good condition with below -10?, a dome with a diameter of 15m can be completed in a few days. It’s much easier than the other ways like hollowing out a snow mountain, or piling up ice blocks. The shape can be controled depending on its usage. The biggest ice dome they had built in the past was one with a diameter of 30m. It is also possible to make a fantastic space with soft lighting because the ice domes have high permeability unlike igloos.
In addition, the most important element is “safety”, which is perfectly maintained by intuitions and the skills of Tomamu’s production staff. Taking care of temperature and spraying snow, they keep 15cm thick of ice walls based on consistency of 0,6. To avoid direct sunlight, the dome’s face is covered by moderate amount of snow. It seemed that the ice was a delicate “creature”, living in strict condition.
After passing through a big snow gate and having your eyes glued to a big ice sculpture with a sign, you thread your way through white birches. Those that guide you to a fantastic space are small ice lightings at your feet. Then you will find the ice domes in a group with further lightings.
I was surprised by the brightness and warmth when I entered the fist dome called “Information Dome”. It was just because the wind was blocked off, but I was almost trying to find a hidden heater. Ice glasses visitors made were exhibited in the center. With the “Information Dome” at the head of the list, there are various ice domes, works and spaces in the “Ice Village”.
There was a work named “Carp Streamer In the Midwinter” by an artist from Hokkaido, Katsuyuki Shinohara a.k.a. “KUMA-San” who is good at welding objects. I felt the circulation of the big nature and the colorful four seasons in the carp streamer waiting for the spring wind, and also in the surrounding ice which will go back to the sky over the course of time.
From the center space where “KUMA-San”s work is placed, you can see a round hole. That’s the “Ice Tunnel”. In height and the width that just two persons can go through joining hands with, the wall inside is shining in rainow-color.
A little romantic tunnel to go through with someone precious.
After passing the “Ice Tunnel”, the “Sea of Light” with twinkling ice candles suddenly appeared. It was a new space added in the “Ice Village” from this season. At the end of the stairs through the center of the “Sea of Light”, a mystical blue dome between ice poles “Ice Chapel” was solemnly standing. The surprise feeling after people go through the tunnel is larger because it is located in the low place hidden from “Ice village” center part. A couple in front of me, going through the “Sea of Light” towards the “Ice Chapel” seemed to be in a movie scene.
You might already know that “ALPHA RESORT TOMAMU” has a “Water Chapel” designed by a worldwide architect Tadao Ando, and weddings are held all the year round at this beautiful and novel space with nature. This “Ice Chapel” in “Ice Village” is the limited version only in winter season but weddings can be held here too. As if the legend “Something Blue” (legend that the bride with something blue at the wedding will become happy) could be seen, inside the dome was filled with glittering ice blue.
That was not all. “Ice Maze” made me get lost with its ice walls where bright green lights were buried. “Ice Hotel” even had a bathtub with other details expressed by ice, and I could enjoy imagining actually sleeping here. There was also “Hot Station” that warmed a completely cold body. Moreover, you can try “Dog Sled Night Cruising” in the course that surrounds the “Ice Village”.
Fantasy space “Ice village” in which the feature of ice is made the best use of in various shape was a collaboration of wisdom, zeal, and nature to warm the severe cold temperatures with beautiy. The smiles of the staff still working for the ice creations during the time of opening to the public were impressive. You can enjoy the clear world after this until the spring wind blows.
What space do you draw in a clear dome under this wintry sky? I felt the expectation for more and more new ideas to use the natural environment naturally. At the same time, it was a moment I sincerely wished that won’t happen, if we reach a future environment where this transparent “Ice Village” in Tomamu cannot exist.


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