(A sightseeing stop in the Hong Thai Travel 7D Hokkaido Package Tour, my first packaged tour experience.)
After visiting Lake Shikotsu, our next stop was Poroto Kotan, the Shiraoi Ainu Museum.
It is one of Hokkaido's better Ainu outdoor museum, showcasing various aspects of Hokkaido's indigeneous people. In Ainu language, "Poro" means large, "To" means lake, and "Kotan" means village.
|The Kotankorkur statue|
|View of Lake Poroto|
Inside the Fore House, there were a lot of salmon fishes hung on the ceiling. Mr. Tour Guide said that it's their culture to smoke-dry the fishes inside the house, with the smoke from the fireplace helping to dry them. We were treated to 15-min traditional Ainu folk dance and some Japanese commentary on the village (which Mr. Tour Guide helped to interpret).
|For a few hundred yen, we can buy some biscuit to feed the bears, but Mom did |
not feel it was right to do so. Instead, an aunty gave me some to feed the bears.
|I hope they are well looked after. The bear's growl was so loud!|
We ended our visit with a look at the 3 shops at the entrance selling Ainu cultural goods and Japanese souvenirs.
Read about our previous stop - Lake Shikotsu.