Day 3: Moo-nday Adventures

Waking up at five in the morning started day number three. We left the dorm at around six in the morning and headed for the Ishizawa Ranch for a study tour and observation. I was feeling particularly excited since I’ve always wanted to see cows and be on a farm in person, rather than always experiencing it via photos, videos, and readings.

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Seeing the process and actually having an on-hand experience of actually being on a dairy farm felt very invigorating. Mr. Ishizawa showed us the ropes and the basics of what it’s like to be a dairy farmer for the day – we even got to witness cow-milking and all the other routines. After saying our goodbyes, we headed back to Minshuku Akkeshi Inn for breakfast then checked out.

After a filling breakfast, we headed for Mitomo Ranch, where we got a more immersive experience of the environment, happiness, and – of course – cows. We learned about the techniques and habits of a dairy farmer in such a short amount of time! In fact, Mr. Mitomo even let us sample some homemade yogurt with fresh melons and some fresh cheese!

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We left afterwards and headed for Country (Niijibetsu) for lunch – in which I ordered the Ebi Furai Set (or tempura set, in short).

We headed for Shiniwa Kaikain for a lecture by Mr. Tate (for the Niijibetsu Kor-Kamuy Society) on community-based owl conservation in the Konsen region. It followed up with a study tour – first, to the site of the reforestation event then we headed for the Donaldson’s Trout Farm and adjacent riparian forest.

Unfortunately, it was raining very hard – so we had to cancel the Niijibetsu River Hatchery and headed straight for the inn, Ikoi no Ie. After an early start today, everyone was looking forward to having a free day tomorrow to either explore Kushiro or sleep in. Today was a very interesting and educational day where my eyes were opened to more things and new memories were created!

 

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