南の猫の里帰り雑記

29年ぶりに帰国して3年日本にいたけどNZに里帰り

南下の旅第四日目: My southbound journey day 04

小樽二日目は快晴。

Fine day on the second day in Otaru.

 

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まずは運河脇を散歩。

First, strolled through a pavement along the Otaru canal.

 

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鳥発見。

Found a bird.

 

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検索。カワウとウミウの識別を丁寧に説明して

くれているこのウェブサイトが見つかりました。

After searching, hit this website.

http://www.biodic.go.jp/kawau/d_hogokanri/hunt_leaflet.pdf

It explains how to identify if it’s Japanese cormorant (Umio-sea cormorant)

or Great cormorant (Kawau-river cormorant).    

 

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ウミウです。

It’s a Japanese cormorant.

 

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水浴び。

Bathing.

 

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上がる。

Finished bathing.

 

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日向ぼっこ。

Sunbathing.

 

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伸び。

Stretching.

 

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羽繕い。

Preening.

 

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目一杯伸びる。

Stretching to the fullest.

 

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人も運河上で楽しみます。私は傍観者。

People enjoyed the canal, too. I was the observer.

 

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水辺を背にすると、いきなり急な坂が始まります。息切れ

しながら登った垂直にも思えた急傾斜の先にあった神社。

残念ながらまだ固い桜の蕾。今年はお花見前線と入れ違いです。

Looking at the opposite side from the waterfront and the roads

lead into rather steep hills. Panting, I reached a Shinto shrine on top of

one of the almost vertical (that how it felt) slopes. Cherry blossoms were

still in buds. I wouldn’t be able to see cherry blossoms in full bloom this year.

 

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展望台のあると言われる丘に登ろうとしたら、

残雪深く、除雪もなく、いけませんでした。 ^^;

Tried to go up a hill which supposed to have an observatory deck,

but the remaining snow was still deep (no snow removal service).

I couldn’t do anything but to give up.

 

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回転寿司でのお昼。

Lunch at a sushi train restaurant.

 

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木のてっぺんで囀るヒヨドリ

A bulbul, singing on top of a tree.

 

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三井銀行小樽支店では地下の金庫に入れます。

At former Misui Bank Otaru branch, you can enter the safe underground.

 

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おやつは小樽名物ぱんじゅう。ダージリン紅茶との相性が抜群でした。

ぱんじゅうは饅頭と違って皮がパリパリでとても薄いので、底から食べないと

中身が飛び出しますと店の人が注意をしてくれます。中は色々選べますが、私は

カスタードとチョコレートとあんこ。歩き疲れた体にぴったりのおやつでした。

I had Panju, with Darjeeling tea. They complimented each other perfectly. Panju is a

locally developed sweet. Manju is a traditional Japanese sweet, usually filled with red

bean paste wrapped with kneaded dough. Panju is like Manju, but the wrapping is very

thin and crispy. The shop staff advised me to eat from the bottom, not to spill the filling.

There were many kinds of fillings to choose from. My choices were egg custard,

chocolate, and red bean paste. It was a perfect snack set after a-long-day-walk.

 

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おしゃれな火の見櫓にも登って見ました。

I climbed up the funky fire lookout.

 

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 消防犬の肖像。

A fire-fighting-dog statue, with a sweater on. So cute. He was rescued

from a fire and stayed with firefighters helping them

on every occasion for some decades. A true story.

 

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夕刻の運河は果てしなく浪漫チック。

The canal at dusk was romantic to the maximum.