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More Random Japan Questions 2013/9/10 02:08
Heyo,
And thank you for answering my previous questions. I have found some more questions on my previous Japan trip.

* Osaka Prefectural Government Sakishima Building had a kind of display in the top floor when leaving the building through the escalators displaying wind speeds, strength, etc. Anyone knows what this is?

* I went to an arcade hall at Shinsaibashi-suji, north of the Yakiniku Rokko restaurant. Can't remember the name, could it have been SEGA or Taito Station?

* At Osaka Castle Garden southeast entrance there was a fountain with benches around and a vending machine to the southeast. I also remember there was a small house there, is this a café or something? (It was closed when I visited the park)

* I bought something called Imokkoro during a domestic flight, I think it was some kind of potato snacks but I cannot find any info on it on the web.

* Then I am looking for the name of the shopping street south of Odori park with a Donkijote shop at the west "entrance".

* The demonstatues around the Noboribetsu Onsen area, is there any specific religious purpose of them, like, do visitor pray or offer something to these statues?

* The Oyunuma brook foot bath, the water to this spring looked like it came from Taisho Jigoku not far from there, but according to the map the water is coming from the Oyunuma pond further ahead. Do you know which is correct?

* At the Shiraoi Ainu museum I know I got soba noodles for food at the café but I also got some kind of hot drink for that. Could have been tea or something, not sure, just thinking if there is some hot drink usually served with soba noodles or so.

* The ferry departing from Lake Toya Onsen does it go to the island in the middle of Toyako or around it?

* When do you enter the Seikan tunnel after leaving from Hakodate?

* I also remember buying a black coloured soft icecream beside the Tsuruoka Hachimangu shrine at Kamakura. Again, this might be hard to know if you haven't been to the soft ice cream shop but it was not chocolate or liquorice, but some typical Japanese ice cream taste. Wish I know what it was.


Thanks a lot in advance, if some question is too vague then please let me know, I will try to explain it better.
by Jojo (guest)  

Re: More Random Japan Questions 2013/9/10 12:44
* I bought something called Imokkoro during a domestic flight, I think it was some kind of potato snacks but I cannot find any info on it on the web.
いもッコロ imokkoro is a snack made by a confectioner ポックル農園 Pockle Farm in Miyazaki-ken.
http://pocklefarm.shop-pro.jp/?mode=cate&cbid=753221&csid=0

* Then I am looking for the name of the shopping street south of Odori park with a Donkijote shop at the west "entrance".
Odori park means the one in Sapporo? Sounds like 狸小路 Tanukikouji

* The ferry departing from Lake Toya Onsen does it go to the island in the middle of Toyako or around it?
I does, but only during summer (late April till the end of October), and you can land on the island (Nakanoshima).
http://pocklefarm.shop-pro.jp/?mode=cate&cbid=753221&csid=0

* I also remember buying a black coloured soft icecream beside the Tsuruoka Hachimangu shrine at Kamakura. Again, this might be hard to know if you haven't been to the soft ice cream shop but it was not chocolate or liquorice, but some typical Japanese ice cream taste. Wish I know what it was.
Maybe it is 黒ごまきな粉 kurogoma kinako flavour.
Kurogoma = black sesame
Kinako = ground powder of roasted soy beans
http://gourmet.walkerplus.com/112461028146/
by cup of tea (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: More Random Japan Questions 2013/9/10 12:48
* I bought something called Imokkoro during a domestic flight, I think it was some kind of potato snacks but I cannot find any info on it on the web.

It might be Imokoi if it was like a manju with sweet potato inside

http://cooksnaps.com/en/recipes/japanese-sweets-ikinari-dango-imokoi-%...

* Then I am looking for the name of the shopping street south of Odori park with a Donkijote shop at the west "entrance".

Tanukikoji Shopping Arcade

http://www.welcome.city.sapporo.jp/english/sites/tanukikoji.html

* At the Shiraoi Ainu museum I know I got soba noodles for food at the café but I also got some kind of hot drink for that. Could have been tea or something, not sure, just thinking if there is some hot drink usually served with soba noodles or so.

Not sure, but tea is usually served with soba. Sometimes soba tea, sometimes something else like mugicha.

* When do you enter the Seikan tunnel after leaving from Hakodate?

After Shiriuchi Station

* I also remember buying a black coloured soft icecream beside the Tsuruoka Hachimangu shrine at Kamakura. Again, this might be hard to know if you haven't been to the soft ice cream shop but it was not chocolate or liquorice, but some typical Japanese ice cream taste. Wish I know what it was.

It was probably black sesame. Were there little black specks in it?
by yllwsmrf rate this post as useful

Re: More Random Japan Questions 2013/9/10 17:47
TsuruGAoka Hachimangu is famous for its sesami soft cream.

http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/yuko246/38899744.html
by Uco (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: More Random Japan Questions 2013/9/12 22:50
Lovely lovely. Makes my senses reliefed from wondering. Now I know the icecream too, saw it can be made at home so I might try that (or else I will return to Kamakura again!) Thanks for your help in answering the questions everyone!

I will repeat the questions not yet answered:

* The demonstatues around the Noboribetsu Onsen area, is there any specific religious purpose of them, like, do visitor pray or offer something to these statues?

* The Oyunuma brook foot bath, the water to this spring looked like it came from Taisho Jigoku not far from there, but according to the map the water is coming from the Oyunuma pond further ahead. Do you know which is correct?

* At Osaka Castle Garden southeast entrance there was a fountain with benches around and a vending machine to the southeast. I also remember there was a small house there, is this a café or something? (It was closed when I visited the park). I tried to found photos of this house but it was too hard to make out what it was really (a café? a toilet? a kiosk?)

* Osaka Prefectural Government Sakishima Building had a kind of display in the top floor when leaving the building through the escalators displaying wind speeds, strength, etc. Anyone knows what this is?
by Jojo (guest) rate this post as useful

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