Shiretoko

· Food, Illustration, Travel

Penultimate stop of this winter trip to Japan… step by step we are getting closer to the end, and I am getting emotional! And even more because almost a year ago I was actually exactly at the place I will tell you about today!

After our 2 days in Abashiri, here we are, heading to the Shiretoko peninsula located Northeast of Hokkaido, « where the hearth ends » (=the actual meaning of Shiretoko).

This part of Japan is registered on the UNESCO list of world heritage sites with its 5 lakes and this huge nature known to remain wild and preserved. One of my highlight of this trip, not only because of the atmosphere but also for its landscape… which apparently changes even more during summer time (maybe another time!). As for now, here are a few snowy memories of Shiretoko…

 

On board of the Ryuhyo Monogatari train

The train between Abashiri and Shiretoko is called the Ryuhyo Monogatari train and goes along the Okhotsk sea during about one hour. Through the window, we can admire the beauty of the sea and floating ice cubes, pretty much as we saw in Abashiri.

You can go toward the front part of the train to see the panoramic view behind the large window (as I recorded in my Instagram Story « Shiretoko »).

Half way, you can enjoy a 10-min stop at the Kitahama station to take pictures and admire the panoramic view from an observatory.

The ceiling and the walls of the train station are completely covered with papers/tickets: apparently tourists would like to leave a trace of their passage here! (an atmosphere a bit creepy as in « A Beautiful mind », isn’t it?)

Anyway, enjoy the view as time flies during this trip !

 

The Kifu club pension

Once arrived at the Shiretoko station, we took a bus to get to the small Utoro town, where we spent two nights in this very comfy and full of charm family pension called « Kifu club », a small Japanese style cottage.

Right after dropping our luggage, the owners of this hotel suggested us to relax and enjoy the outside onsen bath… they didn’t ask twice! It’s actually from this day that I started coughing like a Kobe beef and it continued over two months after… a reward of being brave to go naked outside when it’s -10 degrees to plunge into a 40 degrees hot bath.

I don’t regret this delicious relaxing moment of thermal shock followed by a cocooning session in the living room of the hotel.

During all the stay at Shiretoko, I had this feeling to be at a ski resort with an enjoyable Japanese twist.

A fondue yes, but not a cheese one!

We had to deep the food into a tempura dough (Japanese doughnut) and fry them into the boiling pot. What a good idea!

Talking about breakfast, here was the menu: grilled fish, salad, pickles… with only one sweet dish= cottage cheese and blueberry jam that you can see on the side of the picture. I think you can also choose a continental breakfast, if you don’t feel like eating fish early in the morning.

As for me, I didn’t mind having salty food… especially as it was very delicious.

 

Utoro town

This little city of Shiretoko isn’t really crowded but it’s the starting point of quite a few tours.

Besides, we took the opportunity to ask some information at the information centre (I purchased the shirt I am wearing here). We booked our snowshoe hiking day and night festival that you’ll see a bit after.

Thanks to a quick walk around our « cottage » we found this so called « Godzilla rock » due to his shape. Moreover, along the road, a nice view at a frozen sea and (cold) waterfall.

 

A snowshoe hike

There is no winter holiday without a quick sport activity, isn’t it? We decided to do a quick outing with snowshoes with a group of Japanese and Ken, our nice tour guide in love with nature.

I didn’t take much photos during this excursion as we were walking in the forest with the snow whipping around us but it’s a very nice memory.

Ken’s explanations about animal, fox footsteps, bears’ scratches on trees… and special encounter with Bambi passionated me.

This ambiance a bit strange like in the « The revenant » movie was not very reinsuring but quite exciting at the same time. Difficult to imagine a green and flowery summer over here!

 

Shiretoko Ryuhyo festival

The information center of Utoro also told us about a snow festival that is held every February, with hot chocolate and small igloos.

No need to tell us more, the following night we were there! Here again, the “winter holiday” ambiance was more than ever everywhere…. a bar in the middle of stalactites, hammocks, sparkling lights… the ambiance was very unusual and very nice. Have a look !

 


Yummy addresses in Shiretoko

And to finish this « Mako at the ski resort » chapter (=my own interpretation of « Martine à la neige »), here are two restaurants that we tried during outstay in Utoro, Shiretoko.

 

BON’S HOME (

We had a real crush for the first restaurant called Bon’s home (also has rooms apparently) because it offers meal such as « japanese tartiflette » made with potatoes and cheese from Hokkaido: so good ! The potatoes are melting, and sweet and go perfectly with the smoothness of the cheese.

The “potato cake” dessert made also with potatoes was good too.

 

KUMANOYA (187-11 Utoronishi, Shari-cho, Shari-gun 099-4354 Hokkaido)

The second restaurant in Utoro is located in front of the Shiretoko World Heritage center, on the other side of the road. We had a soup with noodle and a chirashi bowl with salmon and salmon eggs: quite classical but good !

We finished this penultimate stop of this unforgettable trip to Japan: next time, we will head south to reach Kushiro ! See you soon ! (English translation by Quiterie)

My winter colors

· Fashion

It’s been a while since my last outfit article on this blog as I’ve been buying less and less clothes and I haven’t followed the trends much… so there is less newbies (but I actually don’t really mind). It doesn’t mean that I don’t like choosing my clothes anymore, not at all!

I love all the pieces I have in my closet and even though I have less pieces than before, I keep mixing them… I am just not that courageous anymore to brave the cold weather outside to photoshoot them!

So why today is different? Because it was less cold and I wanted to show you the association of colors/print I particularly like this winter.

My winter chromatic palette is made of beige, camel, navy blue, burgundy and forest green. Leopard always remains a safe bet for me. I juggle with each colors/print of my closet and match them to easily compose an outfit.

The oldest ones of my audience might recognize a few elements: this Zara peacoat from 2013 (surprisingly qualitative as it still has a good shape, which is not the case with the other pieces have bought from Zara: I actually haven’t been for quite a while) and this pair of « Dr Martens x Comme des Garçons » brought back from Japan in 2014.

Let’s add up one of my favorite cachemire pullovers, a leopard touch and we have a winter outfit!

What a pleasure to be able to trust all the basic pieces in terms of long lasting quality! Quality rather than quantity, I am more than ever convinced. ( English translation by Quiterie)


My Outfit

Coat Zara (2013) (already seen here et here)
Cashmere jumper La Redoute
Jeans La Redoute (already seen here)
Socks Dim x Ba&Sh
Bag “Hope” Sézane (already seen here)
Shoes “Dr Martens x Comme des garçons” (2014) (already seen here)

Necklace Minetta Jewellery
Earrings Soko (already seen here)

« Volume russe » Eyelashes extensions Les cils de Marie (already seen here)

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Happy new year of the pig !

· Decoration, Illustration

I sent you my greetings a month ago: but here we are again with the lunar year, to make sure we will have as much as possible positive vibes for 2019!

We are saying bye to the dog and welcoming the pig so I wanted to prepare a new wallpaper accordingly (especially as my last wallpaper was from last summer… so weather wise we are not very in line anymore!)

 

A pink or golden wallpaper

This time, I wanted to prepare an origami design with small pigs, I hope you will like it. You have to choose between pink or gold and according to the size of your smartphone

 

Iphone 6, 7, 8 and other “small screen” smartphones :

Pink lock screen wallpaper here
Pink dashboard wallpaper here

Golden lock screen wallpaper here
Golden dashboard wallpaper here

 

Iphone X and other “long screen” smartphones:

Pink lock screen wallpaper here
Pink dashboard wallpaper here

Golden lock screen wallpaper here
Golden dashboard wallpaper here

 

You can download this wallpaper by clicking on it and simply register the image into your image gallery. Then, choose it as home screen on your phone (do not forget to resize it as the iPhone usually tends to zoom images).

I hope you will appreciate it and that it will bring you a lot of luck. Happy new year of the pig. Happy Têt!  Chúc Mừng Năm Mới !

 

PS : This illustration (like all the others on this blog) has copyright and can’t be modified (color, layout, drawing, signature…). You can only use it for private personal usage and no commercial opportunity. Thanks ! (English translation by Quiterie)

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