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Grilling with friends   

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So this month all of my friends and I got together to do some of our favorite things: grilling some meat and going to the hot springs. It was a special occasion because one of my friends has been in Canada on a work holiday visa since September and was only returning to Sapporo for a week, so we had to make the most of our limited time together. I’m sure many of you don’t think that grilling outside or going to the hot springs are all that special, but we don’t do stuff quite the same way in America, so it’s all still very new and fresh to me.

Of course, we do grill in America, but what we usually eat is totally different from what I’ve had in Japan. In America, people usually have hot dogs and hamburgers. That’s it. I’ve always thought it was kind of a pain since you have to bring so many different ingredients to make a good hamburger and I’ve never really liked hotdogs… This last time, we ate all kinds of things, lamb (of course!), pork, chicken, potatoes, shrimp, scallops, etc., and I had a beer to wash it all down. Afterwards, we went to Houheikyou Onsen. Have you been there before? It’s very pretty and the Indian curry there is really good, so you should give it a try. I’ve been to quite a few hot springs in the last year, but Houheikyou is definitely one of my favorites. Plus, they don’t have any rules about tattoos, so I don’t have to worry about getting kicked out. ☺

Collin (USA)
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by chitchatcafe | 2016-07-20 17:38 | 札幌 英会話 サークル | Comments(0)

My trip to Asahikawa   

I had always wanted to visit Asahikawa from my first days here, as it is one of the most important centers of Hokkaido after Sapporo. Moreover, it is famous for Ramen and the zoo, two things I love the most in Hokkaido. However, I hadn’t been able to visit the city as I didn’t have friends to go with and much time for a such trip.

But this one day, when I was supposed to take an exam (not very important, fortunately), I got outside and the weather was so nice that I ended up changing my mind suddenly and buying a JR ticket to Asahikawa. (I was supposed to go to Ebetsu, same on JR). I don’t know what made me make this decision but I was so excited about it.
The first thing I did when I arrived in Asahikawa was, of course, trying famous Shoyu Ramen. I looked for a proper place with many reviews on Tabelog and went there. It was a Ramen restaurant called…I don’t really remember, but near the station. (If you want to try Asahikawa ramen, just rage into any of the shops around the station. That’s what people in Asahikawa recommend.) Anyway, it was around 10 in the morning but I wasn’t the only person eating Ramen that early; however, it was the earliest hour I have had Ramen in my life.

The funny thing I found about this place is that they serve the ingredients separately, so you can enjoy them with mayonnaise or something else.
After filling my stomach I was planning to return back to Sapporo, but something told me that I should visit Asahiyama Zoo. Asahiyama Zoo is one of the most popular attractions in Hokkaido and I really wanted to visit it once. So I thought: “This is the day!”

And I decided to try an ice-cream purely made of milk produced in Hokkaido. I also liked the bear-shaped cookie on it.
But, apart from other things, the highlight of the day was the baby Amur tigers. The Amur tigress brought to the zoo from the United Stated had been said to give a birth to two cute baby tigers and they got in the public just a few days before my visit. Thus, I think you can imagine how crowded the cage was with visitors.

Anyway, I had lots of fun and really want to visit Asahikawa again one day but with more planning and preparation.

Dil (Uzbekistan)
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by chitchatcafe | 2016-07-06 17:08 | 英会話 スクール 札幌 | Comments(0)