my past weekend turned out to be a very eventful one. on sat nite, with 社長 (owner of hopeland) and several other workers, we went to 北の屋台 for dinner. this place has very good atmosphere, definitely a great place for drinks and chatting with friends.
there are 20 yatai (stall) style restaurants serving all different kinda food. they are all small yatai, each of them can pack in around 8-10 ppl. hopeland partners with 3 other farms and together they have a yatai there called 農屋, serving dishes with ingredients directly coming from different farms, so, for food like potato, asparagus, sweet corn, pork, ham are from hopeland, while ingredents such as beef, egg, onion, chicken are from the other three farms. almost all food are from the farms, except things like beer and seaweed for the おむすび (rice ball) .
n お母さん (the owner’s wife), who makes our lunch in the farm everyday, is a professional cook, u know. she actually makes some of the dishes that serves in the stall. n during winter, when there is no work in the farm, hopeland will open as a restaurant, and people will drive to hopeland for her cooking. n i m just one happy girl, having restaurant-quality yummy and very fresh food everyday Hahahaha 😀
農屋 – the stall style restaurant owned by hopeland and 3 other farms
the hopeland folks
this is Emi, 社長’s daughter, 元気一杯！(always very energetic!)
this is 社長, a very nice man
on sunday morning, as 社長 has promised when we were in the yatai, he brought me to one of his potato fields, where there was a runway and two 2-seater planes, and asked his friends there to give me a ride! 😀 OMG, it’s soooo good! i love it! its my first ride in the sky again since my 731 incident (regular plane rides like Cathy Pacific and Korea Air don’t count of course haha). actually 社長 has a pilot license too, but he said because of busy work, he hasn’t flew a plane for over 10 years already.
anyways, so that’s what one can do if she lives in the country side – fly a mini plane or take a ride so easily, just like going to a 7-11 nearby! (o dad, don’t worry, i have no interest in getting a pilot license :P)
sooooooo very HAPPY!!!!! 😀
then in the afternoon, i went to the horse-racing track in Obihiro (帯広). unlike the kinda horse racing we all have in mind, this one has a very unique style. instead of riding on the horse’s back, the rider stands on a sled that is pulled by the horse. n the sled + the rider + all equipments can weigh over a ton! so these are some very huge, powerful horses.
when i just got there, race 5 just started. so i ran to the finishing point. n i waited, n waited, n waited… the horses were darn slow! u c, its a straight 200m track with 2 hills. these horses acutally would just stop n rest after coming down from a hill. when i first saw it from far away, i thought there was an accident or so, for i never thought a horse would just stop in the middle of the racing track haha.
well, this is definitely something interesting n very unique. but i prefer the normal style which has much speed n excitment! 😉
here is the obihero’s horse racing track
i bought 3 tickets. as long as one of the horses (#9, 2, 3) placed in the first 3, i would win. i got no luck… there were only ten horses… so for 300 yen, i have got myself the ticket as a souvenier. not bad haha
audience can get very close with the horse (since they run so slow, i guess nothing too dangerous huh )
nicely groomed 😎
thats how the horse race goes, with slopes n very heavy loads for the horses…