July 3rd Geo-Holiday
On July 3rd, we held the Geo-Holiday event where locals can explore the town with certified guides to rediscover the history and geology of Samani.
We visited Cape Enrumu and the Samani Folk Museum. The weather was perfect. Just the right temperature with a pleasant breeze.
The bright green of parsley plants and the deep blue of the Samani fishing harbor as seen from the viewing platform on Cape Enrumu gave us the feeling of summer. We could also see some kelp drying beds from here.
Mt. Apoi, clouds, and participants.
This information panel in front of the Folk Museum explains the Samani Kaisho. Partway through some participants from Hyogo prefecture joined us.
At Cape Enrumu we ran into some visitors from Sapporo and Chiba prefectures. Here is a conversation that happened between our participants and the visitors.
- Cape Enrumu is located south of the national highway, so it was a little difficult to find the place. I could see the sign along the highway from one side but not the other, so I passed by it. I saw the stairs from the highway, so I thought this must be the place and came here.
- Since you came all the way here be sure to climb the stairs up to the viewing platform.
- We are touring around Hokkaido and Cape Enrumu is listed as a point of interest.
- What is a kaisho?
- The butterbur plants in Hokkaido are large and impressive. I remember making an umbrella with the butterburs when I visited the Hidaka region 50 years ago. Stories about the edible butterbur flowers and angelica tree shoots are interesting.
- This was the first I had heard that this was the place that the Samani Junior High school students were raising and planting seedlings as part of their Dream Project.
- Seeing the kelp drying beds while driving through Samani was impressive.
- I took my time looking at the exhibits in the Folk Museum.
In order to sustainably conserve and utilize the geological, natural, and cultural heritage that are the assets of Samani in the future, this event aims to develop an awareness and foster momentum so that many people can reconsider the charms of the town and rediscover the charms of Samani with certified guides.
This course was held at the suggestion of a certified guide. It is a once in a lifetime encounter with visitors and participants from out of town. It is also a great opportunity to take a leisurely stroll.
Samani Public Library KAN x KAN Lectures: Reading Picnic
The Samani Public Library KAN x KAN Lecture series held a "Reading Picnic" outside on the library's lawn. The librarian held a talk where they recommended various books that they had handpicked for the event. As someone who always picks my own books and ends up reading the same things, it was a breath of fresh air.
There were even books about the local area.
Since it was a reading picnic, I was fascinated by the lunches that everyone brought.
- A librarian is a professional staff member at a prefectural or municipal public libraries, who select, order, and accept library materials, classify, catalog, check out, and provide reading guides.
- The KAN x KAN Lectures is a series of lectures co-organized by the following facilities: Samani Public Library, Samani Folk Museum, and Mt. Apoi Geopark Visitor Center. These lectures cover a wide range of topics that highlights the culture of the area, and can be anything from outdoor activities to workshops. These are held about once a month, along with various mini-lectures. The "Explore Apoi" nature excursions were held in May along the foothills of Mt. Apoi.
Cape Enrumu Beach Clean-up
On Sunday, May 28th, the Mt. Apoi Geopark held a third beach clean-up near Cape Enrumu. This event was held in cooperation with the Hidaka Shinkin Bank, Samani Rotary Club, Samani Youth Council, and Samani Women's Council.
Approximately 40 volunteers gathered and collected 520 kg of trash in just one hour. A few interesting items were found, including a water bottle from China, hand cream from Russia, and eye medication from Korea.
June 5th was World Environment Day and the theme was "Only One Earth." Did you know that if our current lifestyles continue, the amount of plastic waste that enters the ocean could triple from 9-14 million tons in 2016 to 23-37 million tons by 2040?
We have #OnlyOneEarth so let's take care of it.
International Museum Day 2022
Celebrating International Museum Day 2022
The Mt. Apoi Geopark Visitor Center introduces the various aspects of Samani Town including the geography, nature, history, culture, and industries through informational panels and videos.
We recently renovated the display panels about the local legends of Samani that have been passed down by the indigenous Ainu people.
A projection mapping topographic model of the Mt. Apoi Geopark displays a plethora of information including an outline of the geopark and the geosite locations, as well as displays the Ainu place names and a geological map of the geopark.
Flowers and Scenery of Mt. Kannon
Now is the best time to see large white flowers called Oobana-no-enreiso (Trillium camschatcense) at Mt. Kannon.
Parent & Child Rocks and Asian Fawnlilies
Here are some comments I have heard from visitors to the Mt. Apoi Geopark Visitor Center:
"This is the first time I've seen the information panels about the geopark routes and what's recommended for each season."
"This is the first time I've heard of Mt. Kannon; I'm going to go check it out! I think I'll buy some souvenirs on my way back."
"I went to see Ms. Uji's "Ainu, 100 in the Present" photo exhibit after I noticed a poster for it in Hotel Apoi Sanso and was very impressed by the exhibit! "
It's approximately 15 minutes by car from the foothills of Mt. Apoi to Mt. Kannon. Would you care for a spring-time tour of Samani?